Science – Policy – Speech Writer

Alison F. Davis Ph.D

I have been a freelance writer since 2001 with a range of clients including senior scientists and physicians at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and leading research institutions. I have worked closely on communications and messaging for many high-profile projects led by NIH including peer review, scientific workforce diversity, neuroscience and neuroethics, the opioid crisis, and many others, and I wrote “Always There,” a biography of NIH legend Dr. Ruth Kirschstein. I have also written patient-targeted materials for The Children’s Inn and other health organizations, basic science humor for the Darwin Awards series of books, a synopsis of the promise and perils of synthetic biology for the Presidential Commission on Bioethical Issues, and a range of science educational materials for NIH, the Society for 

Neuroscience, and several other clients. I earned a B.S. in biochemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Georgetown University, did postdoctoral research in developmental biology at Stanford University, then completed the Science Communication program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I live with my husband on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where I enjoy playing the piano, running, and sailing the Chesapeake with our dogs and two adult sons when they’re in town.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

A heartfelt thanks and hearing how my services helped clients is the best honor I can receive. See what clients have to say about working with me.  

"If I had to disagree with a writer, Alison would be the one, because my worst days with her are always better than my best days with 90% of the people with whom I work ... THAT says a great deal."

"WOW!  I never could have put together something so eloquent. Thank you."

"With all the reading I do about science and medicine, I had never seen that information set forth so clearly and dramatically."

"Your understanding of the science is matched to an ability to describe it clearly, a pairing that is very rare. You are as good as there is in what you do."

"I would never have imagined that I could be so fortunate to find a scientist writer with whom I could have such a wonderful rapport and meeting of the minds"

"You have a unique talent for capturing in clear, direct prose the center of gravity of a key development in medical science.

"Your understanding of the science is matched to an ability to describe it clearly, a pairing that is very rare. You are as good as there is in what you do."

"I would never have imagined that I could be so fortunate to find a scientist writer with whom I could have such a wonderful rapport and meeting of the minds"

"You have a unique talent for capturing in clear, direct prose the center of gravity of a key development in medical science.