Molly Davis, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist at CHOP. Broadly, she is interested in (1) factors that contribute to the development of internalizing symptoms for children and adolescents and (2) ways to optimize risk identification and prevention for youth internalizing symptoms and related behavioral health concerns in non-specialty settings (e.g., pediatric primary care). Throughout graduate school, Dr. Davis developed expertise in developmental psychopathology research, focusing on identifying individual, dyadic, and contextual predictors of young children’s emotional and behavioral functioning. Dr. Davis continues to be passionate about questions related to risk and protective factors for childhood internalizing symptoms and her clinical work, particularly in pediatric primary care, galvanized a deep interest in finding ways to answer those questions in real-world settings in order to maximize impact. Dr. Davis has been studying depression screening patterns and clinician follow-up actions for adolescents at-risk for depression and suicidality in pediatric primary care practices. Dr. Davis is pursuing a number of projects to narrow the research-to-practice gap to benefit underserved youth and families, with a specific focus on mitigating depression and suicide risk via prevention in community settings.
Dr. Davis received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia (UGA). At UGA, she also earned a Quantitative Methods in Family Science Certificate, which provided her with training in advanced statistics. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship on the integrated behavioral health track at CHOP. Dr. Davis recently completed her T32 postdoctoral research fellowship at the Penn Center for Mental Health.