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Gerald Davison

Professor of Psychology and Gerontology

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-2235
Office: SGM 902

Curriculum Vitae
Faculty Profile on Departmental Website

Biographical Sketch



Ph.D. , Stanford University, 1965
A.B. Social Relations, Harvard University, 6/1961

Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Fellow, Veterans Administration Hospital, Palo Alto, CA, 1975-1976   

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Tenure Track Appointments

Professor, University of Southern California, 09/01/1979-09/01/2012  
Professor, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 09/01/1966-09/01/1979  

Visiting and Temporary Appointments

Interim Dean, School of Architecture, University of Southern California, 10/01/2005-01/01/2007  
Interim Dean, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, 01/01/1994-01/01/1996  
National Institute of Mental Health Special Fellow, Harvard University, 09/01/1975-09/01/1976  
Visiting Associate Professor, Stanford University, 09/01/1969-09/01/1970  

Description of Research

Research Keywords

cognitive assessment and cognitive behavior therapy of anxiety, depression, and other problems


Book Chapter

Linehan, M., Davison, G. C., Lynch, T., Sanderson, C. (2005). Principles of therapeutic change in the treatment of personality disorders. (Vol. 239 - 252). New York: Principles of therapeutic change that work/Oxfor University Press.
Davison, G. C., Lazarus, A. A. (2007). Clinical case studies are important in the science and practice of psychotherapy. The great ideas of clinical science: The 18 concepts that every mental health researcher and practitioner should understand.

Journal Article

Davison, G. C. (2006). Graduate education in clinical psychology and the Empirically Based Practices in Psychology report. The Clinical Psychologist/American Psychological Association. Vol. 60, pp. 1 - 5.
Davison, G. C. (2006). Politica, ethics, and goal setting in psychological interventions: Limitations in the Evidence-Based practices in Psychology report. The Clinical Psychologist/American Psychological Association. Vol. 59, pp. 1 - 6.
Davison, G. C. (2006). Contest and current and future activities fo the Society of Clinical Psychology. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice/Blackwell Publishing. Vol. 12, pp. 269 - 272.
Davison, G. C. (2006). An invitation to auseindersetzen about the Evidence-Based Practices in psychology task force report. The Clinical Psychologist/American Psychological Association. Vol. 59, pp. 1 - 4.
Davison, G. C. (2005). Issues and non-issues in the gay-affirmative treatment of patients who are gay, lesbian , or bisexual. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice/Blackwell Publishing. Vol. 12, pp. 25 - 28.
Chernoff, R. A., Davison, G. C. (2005). An evaluation of a brief HIV/AIDS prevention intervention for college students using normative feedback and goal setting. AIDS Education and Prevention. Vol. 17, pp. pp. 91-104.
Davison, G. C. (2005). Some critical observations on 21st century graduate education in clinical psychology. Journal of Clinical Psychology. Vol. 61, pp. 1061-1066.


Davison, G. C. Clinical Behavior Therapy, 1976.
Davison, G. C. Abnormal Psychology, 1996.
Davison, G. C. Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology, 1999.

Honors and Awards

Mellon Award for Excellence in USC Mentoring, 2005  
Lifetime Achievement Award, Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, 2003  
Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, 1995  
USC Associates Award For Excellence In Teaching, 1993  
USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, 1989  

Service to the Profession

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Journal of Clinical Psychology, 2001-  
In Session, 2000-  
Behavior Therapy, 1992-  
The Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly, 1986-  
Cognitive Therapy and Research, 1977-  
Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 1990-1994  

Professional Memberships

American Association of Applied and Professional Psychology, 1992-  
Health Service Providers in Psychology, 1975-  
American Psychological Association, 1965-  
Licensed Psychologist - California, 1965-  
President, Society of Clinical Psychology,, 2005-2007  
Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology, Executive Board, 2004-2007  
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