Joanne L. Davis

Joanne Davis

Associate Professor of PsychologyCo-Director of the Tulsa Institute for Trauma, Abuse, and NeglectLorton Hall 308-G

Joanne Davis, PhD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Arkansas, completed an internship at the Medical University of South Carolina and a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center in Charleston, South Carolina. She is currently an associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she oversees the Trauma Research: Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment Center and co-directs the Tulsa Institute of Trauma, Abuse, and Neglect. As a scientist-practitioner, she focuses on identifying cognitive, emotional, and behavioral aspects of traumatic experience and applying evidence-based treatments to difficulties faced by victims of trauma. She recently wrote a book on a treatment she developed for trauma-related nightmares, Treating Post Trauma Nightmares: A Cognitive Behavioral Approach. She is continues her research in the area of nightmares and sleep problems in trauma-exposed persons and is currently evaluating a video intervention for sexual assault survivors.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Arkansas, 1999
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Arkansas, 1996
  • B.A., Psychology, State University of New York at Albany, 1992

Areas of Research Focus

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Society
  • Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Oklahoma Psychological Association

Courses Taught at TU

  • Clinical Psychology and Behavior Change (Psy 3083)
  • First Year Experience (AS 1001)
  • History of Psychology (Psy 6413)
  • Introduction to Women's Studies (WS 2013)
  • Psychology of Trauma (Psy 2083)
  • Senior Seminar (Psy 4973)
  • Theory and Practice in Clinical Psychology (Psy 7223)

Awards & Recognition

  • 2005 Child Maltreatment: Best Article of 2004, awarded by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.
  • 2006 Medicine Wheel Award, University of Tulsa
  • 2008 Nominated, Women's and Gender Studies Mentor Award


  • Davis, J.L., Byrd, P., Rhudy, J.L., & Wright, D.C. (2007). Characteristics of chronic nightmares in a trauma exposed clinical sample. Dreaming, 17, 187-198.

  • Naifeh, J.A., North, T.C., Davis, J.L., Reyes, G., Logan, C.A., & Elhai, J.D. (2008). Clinical profile differences between PTSD-diagnosed military veterans and crime victims. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 9, 321-334.

  • DeMaio, C.M., Davis, J.L., & Smith, D.W. (2006). Clinician’s practices and attitudes regarding the use of clarification sessions in the treatment of incest victims and their families. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 18, 27-39.

  • Davis, J.L., Borntrager, C.F., Combs-Lane, A.M., Wright, D.C., Elhai, J., Falsetti, S.A., Kievit,L., & Davies, S. (2006). Comparison of racial groups on trauma and post-trauma functioning. Journal of Trauma Practice, 5, 21-36.

  • Davis, J.L., & Wright, D.C. (2006). Exposure, Relaxation, and Rescripting Therapy for trauma-related nightmares. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 7, 5-18.

  • Falsetti, S.A., Resnick, H.S., & Davis, J.L. (2008). Multiple Channel Exposure Therapy for PTSD and Comorbid Panic Attacks. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 37, 117-130.

  • Rhudy, J.L., Davis, J.L., Williams, A.E., McCabe, K.M., & Byrd, P.M. (2008). Physiological-emotional reactivity to nightmare-related imagery in trauma-exposed persons with chronic nightmares. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 6, 158-177.

  • Davis, J.L., & Wright, D.C. (2007). Randomized clinical trial for treatment of chronic nightmares in trauma-exposed adults. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 20, 123-133.

  • Davis, J.L. (2009). Treating post-trauma nightmares: A cognitive behavioral approach. Springer Publishing Company.

  • Byrd, P.M., & Davis, J.L. (in press). Violent behavior in female inmates: Possible predictors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.