June 26, 2017

Mary Davis, Ph.D.

Mary C. Davis is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University and has been a board member of IMHR since 2013.  An overarching focus of her research has been on understanding how the capacity to regulate negative and harness positive emotions contributes to lower risk of depression and higher quality of life among adults with chronic pain. One important branch of this work is developing and testing face-to-face and on-line interventions for chronic pain that include emotion regulation training methods, such as mindfulness.  A second, more recent area of work addresses how risk for chronic pain is “transmitted” from parents to children via genetic and environmental factors by studying twin children and their parents. Understanding this transmission process can fuel targeted efforts to prevent or delay the development of chronic pain, limiting its psychological, social, and financial toll.


Mary C. Davis, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ  85287-1104