Davis, Tamara, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


Curriculum Vitae

Post-doctoral Fellow - Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
PhD - University of Texas at Austin
MSSW - University of Louisville
BS - University of Louisville

Areas of Expertise
Identifying and addressing disparities and inequities in mental health care for diverse populations
Child and youth mental health
Caregiver involvement to address inequities in care
Current ways of addressing mental health disparities is through integrated care (primary care behavioral health)

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students
Community based participatory research
Mixed methods
Integrated care
Interdisciplinary research
Research with culturally diverse groups
Professional development as an academic


Dr. Davis’ current research is focused in areas of integrated care for underserved populations; mental health disparities and service inequities among diverse populations; culture and diversity in social work education and practice; and caregiver involvement in child and youth mental health. She has led or co-led studies supported by over $1.4 million dollars in external funding over her research career. Her research approaches are participatory and community-based consisting of mixed methods appropriate for engaging with diverse populations, with extensive experience implementing Concept Mapping methodology. Dr. Davis has published on cultural competence assessment, service disparities among diverse populations, emotional and social needs of LGBT youth, supporting caregiver involvement in children’s mental health, and addressing diversity in social work curricula, often dually focusing on methodology. Her work is published in a wide range of well-respected journals (i.e., Research on Social Work Practice; Children and Youth Services Review; Social Work; Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity; Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research).  Dr. Davis recently co-authored Finding and Evaluating Evidence: Systematic Reviews and Evidence–Based Practice (Bronson & Davis, Oxford University Press, 2012).