Molly Davis, EdD

Molly Davis
Titles and Organizations

Associate Director of Field Education, Department of Social Work, Social Work
Term Associate Professor, Social Work

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-2028
Building: Peterson Hall
Room 3603


Dr. Molly Everett Davis is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work.  Davis’s research interests are diverse and include gerontology and geriatrics, trauma across the life course, disaster behavioral health and cultural competence models.  She is the developer of the Lifeways model, a model used to train professionals to promote increased cultural competence.  Davis is an expert on personal safety risk management for students in practica as well as professionals working in child welfare, health care and human service settings.  She has been an innovator in developing models to integrate our understanding of trauma with special populations such as older adults, disaster behavioral health, faculty of color in academia and child welfare. She has presented frequently on her own trauma transformation model.   She has an established reputation in developing innovations in field education and has provided leadership for a number of years to other field educators.  Davis has been involved in curriculum training for students and faculty, to integrate SBIRT, an evidence based, public health protocol to identify, prevent and support early intervention of risky substance use.  She is currently coordinating Social Work in the Mason and Partners Clinic(MAP) which serves as a training site for students from Social Work and multiple health disciplines within the College of Health and Human Services.  This integrated care setting has provided an interprofessional learning opportunity for primary health and behavioral health disciplines. A special project she developed called the College Dream Tour, planned by students as an assignment, reached hundreds of at risk children, encouraging them to go to college one day. Before coming to Mason, Davis had experience as a clinical social worker in mental health settings and as an Associate Professor in a University in Florida.

University Service

  • Social Change Champions, 2015-Presenst
  • Ethics and Professional Committee, 2015-Present
  • MAP Administrative Team, 2016-Present

Community Service

  • Healthy Family Advisory Board, Northern Virginia Family Services, 2016-2017
  • Fairfax County Trauma Informed Network, 2016
  • Board Member, For Children’s Sake, 2014-Present
  • Board Member, Black Women United for Action, 2014-Present


Research Interests

  • Long term care, trauma informed
  • Veterans, PTSD,  mind body medicine
  • Interprofessional, integrated care, social work
  • Personal safety risk management, social work, training
  • Cultural competence, faculty of color, lifeways
  • Military,  Training
  • Trauma, Trauma informed

Select Publications

Vakalahi, H., DePaz, C., & Davis, M. (2010). Diversity and difference: What’s the social work commitment? Mosaic, Journal of Original Research on Education, Teaching and Learning, 3(1), 13-24.

Davis, M. (2007). Diversity and aging: New Perspectives on cultural competence. Aging Times, National Center for Gerontology in Social Work Education, 2(1).

Davis, M.E., Tompkins, C.J., & Wolf-Branigin, M. (2006). Using image manipulation skills to teach community problem solving. Journal of Instruction Delivery Systems, 20(4).

Davis, M. (2006). Grandparent caregivers: A matter of the heart. BPD Online, 28(2).


Davis, M.E. (2016). Guidelines for Personal Safety Risk Management: A Manual for Social Work Practicum Students (5th ed.). D and D Enterprises.

Book Chapters

Davis, M., Vakalahi, H. and Scales, R. (2014) Women of Color in the Academy: From Trauma to Transformation. In K. Welde and A. Stepnick (Eds.).,Disrupting the Culture of Silence. Vanderbilt Press.

Davis, M. (2007). African Americans Elders. In Kolb, P. (Ed.), Social Work Practice with Racially and Ethnically Diverse Nursing Home Residents and Their Families. New York: Columbia Press.

Honors and Awards


  • Certificate, U.S. Public Health Federal Offiers




  • EdD, Higher Education Administration, Florida State University
  • MSW, Social Work, Tulane University
  • BA, Psychology, Louisiana State University