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Foxman, M., Markowitz, D. & Davis, D. (2021). Defining empathy: Conflicting discourses of virtual reality’s pro-social impact. New Media and Society 23(8):2167-2188.

Pimentel, D., Foxman, M., Davis, D., and Markowitz, D. (2021). Virtually Real, but not quite there: Social and economic barriers to meeting VR’s true potential for mental health. Frontiers, Virtual Reality in Medicine. Front. Virtual Real., 17 February 2021,

Davis, D. & Stanovsek, S. (2021). The Machine as an Extension of the Body: When Identity, Immersion and Interactive Design Serve as Both Resource and Limitation for the Disabled. Journal of Human-Machine Communication. Vol. 2, 7-21. 

Davis, D. & Chansiri, K. (2019). Digital identities - overcoming visual bias through virtual embodiment, Information, Communication & Society, 22:4, 491-505, DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2018.1548631 

Davis, D. (2019). Social Virtual Reality – Understanding the power of virtual places and bodies for people with disabilities. In P. Ketelaar, J. Aarts, and S. Demir (Eds.) 30 Innovations in Digital Communication. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: BIS Publishers.

Donna Z. Davis & Derek Moscato (2018) The Philanthropic Avatar: An Analysis of Fundraising in Virtual Worlds Through the Lens of Social Capital, International Journal of Strategic Communication,12:3, 269-287, DOI: 10.1080/1553118X.2018.1464007

Davis, D. (2018) “Our Digital Selves: What we learn about ability from avatars in virtual worlds” American Anthropological Association's Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC).

Davis, D. & Moscato, D. (2017). Reimagining health and disability through relationships in virtual worlds. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 28(4), 1-26.

Davis, D. & Boellstorff, T. (2016). Compulsive Creativity: Virtual Worlds, Disability, and Digital Capital, International Journal of Communication, 10(2016), 2096-2118. Available at

Davis, D. & Yang, Y. (2015). Understanding digital media adoption: A content analysis of U.S. newspaper coverage of social networking sites and virtual worlds. Journal of New Communication Research, Vol. 6, Issue 1. 

Davis, D. (2014). Making a case for virtual healthcare communication: Mayo Clinic’s Integration of Virtual World Communities in Their Social Media Mix. Journal of Case Studies in Strategic Communication. Vol. 3, Article 7.

Davis, D. & Calitz, W. (2014). Finding virtual support: The evolution of healthcare support groups from offline to virtual worlds. Journal of Virtual Worlds Research. Vol. 7, No. 3.

Davis, D. (2014). Interviews with avatars: Navigating the nuances of communicating in virtual worlds. In P. Laufer (Ed.) Interviewing: The Oregon Method. University of Oregon Center for Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement, Portland, Oregon.

Davis, D. (2013). A study of relationships in online virtual environments: Making a case for conducting semi-structured interviews with avatars and what we can learn about their human operators. In N. Sappleton (Ed.) Advancing Social and Business Research Methods with New Media Technologies. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Davis, D. (2013). Gendered performance in virtual environments. In C. Armstrong (Ed.)  Gender and Media Across Platforms and Cultures. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (under Rowman and Littlefield).