Christy JW Ledford

Ph. D.

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Family Medicine
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
health communication
patient activation
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Fellow, medical journalism, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Leawood, Kan., 2015

Ph.D., health and strategic communication, George Mason University, Va., 2011

M.S., technical communication, Colorado State University, Colo., 2000

B.A., corporate communication, College of Charleston, S.C., 1996


Christy J.W. Ledford is an associate professor and director of research programs in the Department of Family Medicine at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. As a health communication scientist, she seeks to integrate communication principles into medical education and practice, both through theory and the application of mixed methods research. Her research focuses on how patients and physicians can negotiate emerging evidence together. Christy also plays an active role in training and mentoring students and residents throughout the Military Health System, in her role as Research Director for the Military Primary Care Research Network.

Research interests: Patient-provider communication, communicating uncertainty in medicine, patient activation


Ledford CJ, Canzona MR, Womack JJ, Hodge JA. Influence of Provider Communication on Women's Delivery Expectations and Birth Experience Appraisal: A Qualitative Study. Fam Med. 2016 Jul;48(7):523-31. PubMed PMID: 27472789.

Ledford CJ, Canzona MR, Cafferty LA, Hodge JA. Mobile application as a prenatal education and engagement tool: A randomized controlled pilot. Patient Educ Couns. 2016 Apr;99(4):578-82. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2015.11.006. PubMed PMID: 26610389.

Ledford CJ, Gawrys BL, Wall JL, Saas PD, Seehusen DA. Translating New Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines into Practice: The Experience of One Community Hospital. J Am Board Fam Med. 2016 Jan-Feb;29(1):152-5. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2016.01.150120. PubMed PMID: 26769888.

Ledford CJ, Canzona MR, Cafferty LA, Kalish VB. Negotiating the equivocality of palliative care: a grounded theory of team communicative processes in inpatient medicine. Health Commun. 2016;31(5):536-43. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2014.974134. PubMed PMID: 26431077.