Naomi O. Davis, PhD

Faculty Research Affiliate, Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development

Dr. Davis is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Boston and completed her pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Davis received extensive training in diagnostic assessments of children with ASD and other developmental disabilities at the UNC TEACCH program and the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, as well as comprehensive training in pediatric psychology. Following her training, Dr. Davis worked for two years as a research associate at 3-C Institute for Social Development.  At 3-C, she helped to develop and implement a group social skills training program for young children, and she co-authored a paper on a social skills intervention for children with high functioning autism.  Dr. Davis also served as the Principal Investigator on a Phase I SBIR grant to develop a computer-based tool to improve social functioning in students with high functioning autism.

Since joining the faculty at Duke University Medical Center in 2011, Dr. Davis has been a core faculty member in the Duke ADHD Program. She maintains a clinical practice and is actively involved in teaching and training psychology graduate students and interns. Dr. Davis’ clinical work focuses on empirically-supported assessment and treatment of developmental, psychiatric, and behavioral disorders. She specializes in comprehensive assessments for ADHD, parent behavior management training for children with ADHD and other disruptive behaviors, and academic skills training for youth with ADHD.

With regard to research, Dr. Davis’ early research focused on well-being in parents of young children with ASD as well as the working alliance between parents and their children’s intervention providers. At Duke, she is involved in multiple clinical trials for ADHD, and she currently serves at the Duke site Principal Investigator of an industry-sponsored device intervention for ADHD. Currently, Dr. Davis’ primary research interests include understanding social functioning in the context of ADHD as well as exploring early predictors of ADHD. Additionally, she is interested in exploring the co-occurrence of ADHD and ASD with particular attention to developmental trajectories, outcomes, and potential interventions.