J. Kelly Davis

Research Associate

Kelly Davis is a mixed methods researcher focusing on patient-provider communication and medical decision making. He works with research teams to create and implement evaluation systems for measuring communication within multiple medical domains. Past projects include measuring discussions of patient preferences, provider recommendations, effective informed consent processes, and cost transparency.

He previously worked as a research analyst in the division of General Internal Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. There he worked on projects studying the use of Motivational Interviewing in preventative health; how doctors handle their patients’ difficult emotions; and patient participation in end of life care.



Project management; qualitative and mixed methods research design; qualitative analysis methods including content, thematic, grounded theory, and discourse; qualitative coding training and coder management; NVivo; dedoose, shared decision making, end of life decision making, medical decision making, patient-provider communication


BA, Political Science, Guilford College