Nicole Defenbaugh, Ph.D.

Clinical Communication Specialist, St. Luke's University Health Network
Prior to joining Lehigh University, Dr. Defenbaugh was a professor of Communication Studies for 13 years. She was also the Director of Education in the Department of Family Medicine at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and Associate Professor for the University of South Florida – Morsani College of Medicine. In 2017, Dr. Defenbaugh became the Director of Advance Care Planning for the Department of Community Health at LVHN.
In addition to teaching at Lehigh University, Dr. Nicole Defenbaugh is also a Clinical Communication Specialist at St. Luke's University Health Network (SLUHN). In her role she develops communication curriculum, assessment, and faculty development; conducts in/out-patient direct observations of patient care; facilitates reflective practices (e.g., Balint); mentors qualitative research (e.g., autoethnography); and assists with other areas of medical education across SLUHN.   
Dr. Defenbaugh has a single-authored book on chronic illness identity and over 20 publications in journals such as the Annals of Family Medicine, Journal of Graduate Medical Education, Qualitative Research in Medicine & Healthcare, Evidence-Based Practice, and Nursing Education in Practice, to name a few. Throughout her career Dr. Defenbaugh has been honored with a number of teaching, research, and service awards both in her collegiate and clinical careers.