Joy V. Goldsmith
B.A., 1992, Bethel College
M.S., 1995, Southern Illinois University
Ph.D., 2004, University of Oklahoma
Joy Goldsmith, PhD, has been conducting research on communication and illness, specifically
in the context of palliative care and hospice, for the last decade. Her numerous publications
in clinical as well as communication journals address health communication training,
oncology nurse training, interprofessional communication in health care, and family
A long-time collaborator with a team of health communication and clinical scholars,
she has co-authored four books including Communication as Comfort: Multiple Voices in Palliative Care (2008, Routledge Taylor and Francis), Dying with Comfort: Family Illness Narratives and Early Palliative Care (2010, Hampton Press), Communication in Palliative Nursing (2012, Oxford University Press), and Speaking of Dying, with Brazos Press (2012). Currently she holds a contract with Oxford University
Press for the Textbook of Palliative Care Communication, to be released in 2015. Her work also can be found in Qualitative Health Research, Health Communication, Social Science and Medicine, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, Seminars in Oncology Nursing, Medical Teacher, and the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.
Joy 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, chaplains,
students, and other members of interprofessional healthcare teams.
Graduate Seminar in Health Communication
Dying and Death
Ethnography and Narrative Inquiry
Goldsmith, J., Wittenberg-Lyles, E., Frisby, B., & Small Platt, C. (In press). The entry-level
physical therapist: A case for COMFORT communication training. Health Communication.
Wittenberg-Lyles, E., Goldsmith, J., & Small Platt, C. (In press). Teaching, practicing, and learning palliative care
communication. Seminars in Oncology Nursing.
Wittenberg-Lyles, E., Goldsmith, J., Ferrell, B., & Burchett, M. (2014). Assessment of an interprofessional on-line
curriculum for palliative care communication training. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 4, 400-406. doi: 10.1089jpm.2013.0270
Goldsmith, J., Ferrell, B., Wittenberg-Lyles, E., & Ragan, S. (2013). Effective communication in
palliative care. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 17, 163-164. doi: 10.1188/13.CJON
Wittenberg-Lyles, E., Goldsmith, J., Ferrell, B. (2013). Oncology nurse communication barriers to patient-centered care.
Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 17, 152-158. doi: 10.1188/13.CJON
Goldsmith, J., Wittenberg-Lyles, E., Shaunfield, S., & Sanchez-Reilly, S. (2011). Unfolding case responses
to a palliative appropriate patient: A reflective practice dilemma when the case does
not fit the algorithm. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 28, 286-241. doi:10.1177/1049909110385670.
Goldsmith, J., Wittenberg-Lyles., E., Rodriguez, D., & Sanchez-Reilly, S. (2010). Interdisciplinary
geriatric and palliative care team narratives: Collaboration practices and barriers.
Qualitative Health Research, 20(1), 94-104. doi: 10.1177/1049732309355287.
Wittenberg-Lyles, E., Goldsmith, J., Ragan, S. & Sanchez-Reilly, S. (2008). Communicating a terminal prognosis in a
palliative care setting: Deficiencies in current communication training protocols.
Social Science and Medicine, 66(11), 2356-2365.
Honors & Awards
In the fall of 2013, Joy was awarded the Distinguished Scholarly Book Award by the
National Communication Association Division of Health Communication for Communication as Comfort: Multiple Voices in Palliative Care. She also received the National Communication Association Division of Applied Communication
Distinguished Scholarly Book Award in 2012 for Dying with Comfort: Family Illness Narratives and Early Palliative Care, published by Hampton Press. The Academy of Parish Clergy selected her co-authored volume, Speaking of Dying: Recovering the Church’s Voice in the Face of Death, with Brazos Press, as one of the Top 10 Books of the 2012-2013 year. Using Medical Words with Family Caregivers, an article in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, was selected as a Top-Paper in Translational Research at the D.C. Health Communication
Conference in March, 2013. Joy and her co-authors were awarded the National Communication
Division of Health Communication Distinguished Scholarly Article Award in 2009, as
well as the Top Paper award in Health Communication for the Eastern Communication
Her professional activity centers on a commitment to translational research. Joy and
her team members distribute the first communication-based and disseminated research
offered for continuing education credit in medicine, nursing, social work, and pharmacy.
Continuing Education credit is available for clinicians in journals, conferences,
teleconference broadcast series, and dedicated curriculum modules that are housed
on CECentral, as well as MedEd Portal. The web-based modules have been accessed by
several thousand practitioners since they went live in 2012. Her newest resource addition
is the iOS APP Health Communication, which offers a communication toolkit for difficult interactions. The APP is the
first of its kind, for use by health care providers.