Gerald C. Davison

Working with Your TAs: A Letter from Gerald Davison

Gerald C. Davison (B.A., Harvard, 1961; Fulbright Scholar, University of Freiburg, West Germany, 1961-1962; Ph.D., Stanford, 1965) is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern California, where he was also Director of Clinical Training from 1979 to 1984 and Chair of the Department of Psychology from 1984 to 1990. From 1994 to 1996 he served as Interim Dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. Previously he was on the psychology faculty at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1966-1979). In 1969-70 he was visiting associate professor at Stanford University and in 1975-76, a National Institute of Mental Health Special Fellow at Harvard.

Dr. Davison is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and has served on the Executive Committee of the Division of Clinical Psychology, on the Board of Scientific Affairs, on the Committee on Scientific Awards, and on the Council of Representatives. He recently served on APA's Continuing Professional Education Committee. He is also a Charter Fellow of the American Psychological Society, on the Advisory Board of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, a past president of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy. He served two terms on the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Committee on Techniques for the Enhancement of Human Performance. During 2006 he is serving as Chair of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology and also as President of the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of the American Psychological Association).

In 1988 Davison received an outstanding achievement award from APA's Board of Social and Ethical Responsibility; in 1989 was the recipient of the Albert S. Raubenheimer Distinguished Faculty Award from USC's College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; in 1993 won the Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, a university-wide prize; in 1995 received the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Los Angeles County Psychological Association; in 1997 was given the Outstanding Educator Award of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy (AABT); and in 2003 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from AABT.

Among his more than 130 publications, his book Clinical Behavior Therapy, co-authored in 1976 with Marvin Goldfried and reissued in expanded form in 1994, is one of two publications that have been recognized as Citation Classics by the Social Sciences Citation Index; it appears in German and Spanish translations. His textbook Abnormal Psychology, co-authored with Ann Kring, John Neale, and Sheri Johnson, and recently published in its tenth edition, is a widely used abnormal text; it is translated into German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and a Chinese translation in preparation. Other books are Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology, Sixth Edition (2003) with Oltmanns and Neale, and Exploring Abnormal Psychology (1996) with Neale and Haaga.

Davison is on the editorial board of several professional journals, including Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Therapy and Research, Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, Journal of Clinical Psychology, and In Session: Psychotherapy in Practice. His publications emphasize experimental and philosophical analyses of psychopathology, assessment, and therapeutic change. His current research program focuses on the relationships between cognition and a variety of behavioral and emotional problems via his articulated thoughts in simulated situations paradigm. Dr. Davison is licensed in California and listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.