Tonya Davis, Ph.D., is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator who has been working in private practice for the past 15 years providing counseling and assessment services for families and children. She has a long history of working with students from diverse ethnic backgrounds, as well as children who have experienced trauma. She has served as the behavioral health consultant for the Headstart organization for over 8 years where she administered developed screenings as well as program evaluation services. She has also served as a consultant where she has provided Critical Incident Debriefing (CISD) services to governmental as well as commercial agencies such Missile Defense Agency, Starbucks, Dollar General Stores, and Verizon Wireless. She also been invited to conducted briefings and workshops for the Army as well as the Alabama National Guard on a range of mental health topics. She continues her research in the area of externalizing disorders and cognitive assessments/ educational testing issues surrounding African American populations and military resiliency strategies. She has presented her research at several invited research symposiums and has a book chapter set to publish in the area of play therapy interventions for children who are aggressive this year. She has served on the faculty of Alabama A&M University in the Psychology & Counseling Department for the past nine years and also currently teaches online for an international university in the U.K. After completing her first Masterís degree in Counseling Psychology from Alabama A&M University, she went on to complete both her Masterís degree in Educational Psychology and her Ph.D., in School Psychology from the University of Alabama. While completing her doctoral studies, she was selected as a McNair Fellow. This award is only awarded to six people university-wide and provided 50 thousand dollars to fund her doctoral studies and research. She is also active in her community and writes a quarterly mental health newsletter for her sorority in addition to working on several mental health initiatives in her local area. She emphasizes the role of positive psychology interventions in her personal as well as her professional life and believes that service to other is most important.
Her research interests are primarily in the area of School/Educational Psychology and Mental health interventions with military populations. Specifically, she is interested in the assessment of learning disabilities, externalizing disorders, military mental health, gifted education and African-American students.