Psy.D. Program Faculty: Karen Davison, Psy.D.

Karen Davison, Psy.D.
Full-Time Institute Faculty

B.S. Mathematics with Secondary Education, The Pennsylvania State University, 1990
M.S. Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, The Pennsylvania State University, 1993
Certificate, Educational Administration, The Pennsylvania State University, 1999
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute, 2007

Dr. Davison's professional background includes 15 years of teaching experience in a variety of academic settings, including Stanford University, The Pennsylvania State University, Kaplan Test Centers, and secondary public schools. She has developed curriculum for and taught courses on topics that include: research methods, statistics, dissertation proposal development, peer counseling, mathematics, service learning, and standardized test preparation.

Dr. Davison's clinical training and experience has focused on integrative brief and crisis interventions with culturally diverse student populations, primarily undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students. She has received clinical training at various San Francisco Bay Area clinics: St. Luke's Hospital Inpatient Unit, West Contra Costa County Child and Adolescent Services, Notre Dame de Namur University, and Stanford University Counseling and Psychological Services. Her framework for case conceptualization and intervention is influenced by a broad array of theory and research including Control Mastery, CBT, mindfulness, Narrative, and systems approaches. Dr. Davison's research interests and outreach experience includes the integration of the fields of education and psychology, positive psychology, mindfulness, spirituality, resilience, and university mental health. Dr. Davison's primary professional interest is fostering student development through teaching, mentoring, outreach, and counseling, with a commitment to cultural sensitivity and a student-centered approach.