Dr. Goldsmith is an associate professor in the Communication Studies Department at the University of Memphis. Her research interests look at the intersection between communication and illness, specifically in the context of palliative care and hospice. She has written a number of books and articles in clinical as well as communication journals that address health communication training, oncology nurse training, oncology nurse training, palliative care communication, spiritual communication as well as family caregiver communication. Dr. Goldsmith is a regular speaker at national conferences, sharing COMFORT, a communication-driven training curriculum, with multidisciplinary health clinicians. She is co-founder and faculty for the Palliative Care Communication Institute, an organization that advances palliative care by fostering clinical communication practices for healthcare professionals, including nurses, physicians, social workers, and chaplains.
Education: PhD, University of Oklahoma; MS, Southern Illinois University; BA, Bethel College
A working definition of "health literacy"
The main challenges associated with understanding health literacy
Lack of awareness among mainstream audiences
Types of interventions are being utilized
The importance of cultural competency/humility
Associated theories and methodologies of health literacy research
Health literacy as an interdisciplinary field
A breakdown of the COMFORT curriculum
Approaches to improve health literacy/resources