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Linda L. Davis, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor Emerita
Ann Henshaw Gardiner Professor of Nursing
Pearson Building

Linda Lindsey Davis came to Duke in 2005 as Professor in the School of Nursing and Senior Fellow in the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. In 2006, she was named Ann Henshaw Gardiner Distinguished Professor (one of the first distinguished professorships in the School of Nursing). She served as Chair of the PhD Program from 2007 through 2011.

Dr. Davis earned her BSN from Old Dominion University, her MSN from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Maryland. She also completed a primary care faculty fellowship at the University of Rochester and postdoctoral studies on family research methods at the University of California-San Francisco. As an adult nurse practitioner, Davis spent much of her career practicing in elder-care settings in New York, Oregon, Virginia, and Alabama. She was one of the first Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Fellows in primary care. She was elected to the national Academies of Practice (Nursing) in 1989 and the American Academy of Nursing in 2007.

Dr. Davis has extensive teaching and administrative experience in baccalaureate, Master’s and doctoral programs in nursing. She has held leadership positions with the national Alzheimer’s Association, the TriServices Military Research Panel, and the American Nurses Foundation, and is a member of the scientific review panel of the National Institute of Nursing Research. Dr. Davis is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the Gerontological Society of America. She has published more than 70 papers and book chapters on elder care education, advanced practice, and research. She recently completed a randomized trial of skill training strategies to help family caregivers provide home care for frail elders with Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.


  • PhD - University of Maryland - Baltimore
  • MSN - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing
  • BSN - Old Dominion University

Research Interests

My research interests are grounded in my early experiences as an adult nurse practitioner and include elder care, family stress, coping and adaptation, and methods and measures for clinical research around those issues.

Awards and Honors

  • 2007 || Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
  • 2006 || Ann Henshaw Gardiner Distinguished Professor, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 1989 || Hirschfield Award for Academic Teaching Excellence, Old Dominion University
  • 1988 || Congressional Medallion, Distinguished Practitioner, National Academies of Practice (Nursing)
  • 1978 || Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Primary Care Fellowship, Princeton University

Areas of Expertise

  • Chronic Illness
  • Family Health
  • Gerontology
  • Research Methods

Representative Publications

  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 25189535 Davis, L. L. and Chestnutt, D. and Molloy, M. and Deshefy-Longhi, T. and Shim, B. and Gilliss, C. L. Adapters, strugglers, and case managers: a typology of spouse caregivers. Qual Health Res. November, 2014 24(11); 1492-500 PMC4350575
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 25259643 Day, J. R. and Anderson, R. A. and Davis, L. L. Compassion fatigue in adult daughter caregivers of a parent with dementia. Issues Ment Health Nurs. October, 2014 35(10); 796-804
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 25102527 Hyatt, K. and Davis, L. L. and Barroso, J. Chasing the care: soldiers experience following combat-related mild traumatic brain injury. Mil Med. August, 2014 179(8); 849-55
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 25023250 Shaw, R. J. and McDuffie, J. R. and Hendrix, C. C. and Edie, A. and Lindsey-Davis, L. and Nagi, A. and Kosinski, A. S. and Williams Jr, J. W. Effects of nurse-managed protocols in the outpatient management of adults with chronic conditions: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med. July, 2014 161(2); 113-21
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24853065 Shaw, R. J. and Steinberg, D. M. and Zullig, L. L. and Bosworth, H. B. and Johnson, C. M. and Davis, L. L. mHealth interventions for weight loss: a guide for achieving treatment fidelity. J Am Med Inform Assoc. May, 2014 2014 1-5
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 24050486 Shaw, R. J. and Bosworth, H. B. and Silva, S. S. and Lipkus, I. M. and Davis, L. L. and Sha, R. S. and Johnson, C. M. Mobile Health Messages Help Sustain Recent Weight Loss. Am J Med. September, 2013
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 23748990 Habermann, B. and Hines, D. and Davis, L. L. Caring for parents with neurodegenerative disease: a qualitative description. Clin Nurse Spec. August, 2013 27(4); 182-7 PMC3682660
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 23827824 Shim, B. and Barroso, J. and Gilliss, C. L. and Davis, L. L. Finding meaning in caring for a spouse with dementia. Appl Nurs Res. August, 2013 26(3); 121-6
  • 2013 -- Shaw, R. J. and McDuffie, J. R. and Hendrix, C. C. and Nagi, A. and Edie, A. and Lindsey-Davis, L. and Williams, J. W. Jr. A Systematic Review: Effects of Nurse-Managed Protocols in the Outpatient Management of Adults with Chronic Illness. (VA-ESP Project #09-010) August, 2013
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 22459694 Van Houtven, C. H. and Thorpe, J. M. and Chestnutt, D. and Molloy, M. and Boling, J. C. and Davis, L. L. Do nurse-led skill training interventions affect informal caregivers' out-of-pocket expenditures? Gerontologist. February, 2013 53(1); 60-70 PMC3551205


Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Family Reintegration Experiences of Soldiers with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

    Uniformed Services University of the Health Services
    08/2011 to 07/2012
  • Project ASSIST for Chronic Illness Caregivers

    National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Nursing Research
    09/2002 to 06/2007
    Role: PI

    Project ASSIST is a randomized, intervention study designed to identify potential (QOL; financial) benefits of educating caregivers in the home who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

  • Behavioral and Team Functioning to Meet Resident Needs

    National Institute of Nursing Research
    07/2002 to 01/2005
    Role: Investigator

    Project Goal (Stevens, PI): This continuation grant focuses on training nursing home staff in the use of behavior management skills and staff managers in the use of a structured staff supervision program.

  • Biopsychological Markers of Distress in AD Caregivers

    Hartford Foundation Southeast Center for Excellence in Geriatric Medicine.
    07/2002 to 06/2003
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: This feasibility study explored the utility of salivary cortisol secretion cross-referenced with daily stressful caregiving diary entries in family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Parkinson's Disease: Family Management Styles and Associated Contexts

    Neuroscience Nurses Foundation
    05/2002 to 12/2003
    Role: Investigator

    Project Goal (B. Habermann, PI): To explore Parkinson’s disease caregivers family management style and pilot-test Project ASSIST with Parkinson’s caregivers.

  • REACH II: Multi-site Intervention Trial with Diverse Caregivers

    National Institute of Nursing Research - National Institute on Aging
    2U01 NR04261
    09/2001 to 08/2004
    Role: Investigator

    Project Goal (LD Burgio, PI): This project is a multi-site clinical trail examining the effects of a multi-component intervention to reduce burden in ADRD Caregivers.

  • Behavioral Case Management for Family Caregivers of Dementia Patients

    National Institute on Aging
    P50 AG16582
    04/1999 to 03/2004
    Role: Investigator

    Project Goal (A. Stevens, PI): The purpose of the project is to train family caregivers of dementia patients in the home setting to manage behavioral problems associated with Alzheimer’s’ Dementia (AD), and to improve caregiver coping and adaptation.

  • Two Methods of Caregiver Skill Training

    National Institute of Nursing Research
    04/1998 to 03/2001
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: To compare in-home and telephone-delivered skill training outcomes for family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Telephone-based Skill Training for ARD Caregivers

    UAB Alzheimer's Disease Center
    01/1995 to 12/1995
    Role: PI
  • Discharge Planning for Stroke Patients and Their Families

    UAB Lister Hill Center for Health Policy
    01/1993 to 12/1993
    Role: Investigator
Thursday, May 7, 2015

Chuck Vacchiano and Linda Davis co-authored a poster presentation with Army CRNA Dr. Madeline Chalenor entitled "Anesthesia Emergence Phenomenon in Military Patients: An Instrument Development Study." The poster is the result of a two-year study funded by the TriService Nursing Research Program to develop an instrument to identify and quantify a unique phenomenon that occurs during emergence from general anesthesia in combat veterans.

The poster placed second in the William Beaumont Army Medical Centers research competition in April.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Reuters published an article entitled "Nurses could manage chronic care on doctors’ orders" about a paper coauthored by Ryan Shaw, Cristina Hendrix, Alison Edie and Linda Davis that was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Drs. Ryan Shaw, Cristina Hendrix, Alison Edie and Linda Davis published an article entitled "Effects of nurse-managed protocols in the outpatient management of adults with chronic conditions: A systematic review and meta-analysis" in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ryan Shaw, Constance Johnson, Linda Davis and team published an article entitled “mHealth interventions for weight loss: A Guide for achieving treatment fidelity” in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Linda L. Davis, Ann Henshaw Gardiner Professor of Nursing at Duke University School of Nursing, has been named Professor Emerita of Nursing at Duke University. She will retire in July 2012 but will continue work on a grant to help the U.S. Army develop a data collection instrument to identify emergence delirium in wounded warriors. Dr.

Assistant Professor Janet Levy and Ann Henshaw Gardiner Professor of Nursing Linda Davis published an article entitled "Advances in mediation analysis can facilitate nursing research" in Nursing Research. Abstract