Darlene Davis, M.A.


Darlene M. Davis, MA, is a therapist and Clinical Psychology doctoral student at the University of Louisville. She has experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders using empirically-supported cognitive-behavioral techniques, including exposure and ritual prevention (Ex/RP), a type of cognitive behavioral therapy developed by experts specifically for the treatment of OCD. She also runs the Teen OCD Group at Louisville OCD Clinic.

Darlene Davis has several years of clinical experience working with severe mental disorders in diverse populations. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she worked as a Rehabilitation Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor and Dual Diagnosis Counselor with adolescents and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She completed her undergraduate degree in Child Development and Family Relations at Kentucky State University in 2002. Her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling was obtained in 2005 at the University of Kentucky. She obtained her Certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor in 2004 and a Certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor in 2011. She completed a specialized training program in the treatment of pediatric OCD at the University of Pennsylvania.

Darlene Davis is also a research assistant at the Center for Mental Health Disparities in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville, where her work is funded by a University Ethnic Minority Fellowship Award. Her research interests include ethnic/cultural differences in the symptom presentation of OCD, pediatric OCD, social anxiety, and culturally-informed treatment approaches. Darlene has been active in community advocacy efforts for persons with mental illness and disabilities. She is a member of the International OCD Foundation, Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and Kentucky Psychological Association.

International OCD Foundation Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA

Darlene M. Davis, M.A. was featured in an expert panel on OCD and Addiction (Dual Diagnosis): Maintaining Recovery and Managing OCD.

Other panelists included James Claiborn, PhD, ABPP, Jordan Pearlman, Bradley C. Riemann, PhD and Riley Sisson.

Selected Presentations

Davis, D. M., Sawyer, B. A., Combs, J., & Williams, M. T. (2014, March). Suicidal Ideation and Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms: Dimensionality Impacting Risk. Poster presented at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Davis, D. M, Chasson, G., Combs, J., & Williams, M. T. (2013, November). The Utility of the SCID in Assessing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in African Americans. Poster presented at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.

Selected Publication & Articles

Davis, D. M., Steever, A., Terwilliger, J. M., & Williams, M. T. (2012) The Relationship between the Culture-Bound Syndrome Koro and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. In Psychology of Culture, G. R. Hayes & M. H. Bryant, eds., Nova Science Publishers, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-1-62257-274-8.

Williams, M. T., Davis, D. M., Thibodeau, M., & Bach, N. (2013). Psychometric Properties of the Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory Revised in African Americans with and without Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive & Related Disorders, 2(4), 399-405. doi: 10.1016/j.jocrd.2013.07.003

The Power to Change

The Power to Change with Charla Young recorded a special episode focused on OCD. Darlene Davis, M.A., pediatric OCD clinician, demonstrated Exposure and Ritual/Response Prevention techniques during the episode.

Therapist Darlene Davis and Dr. L. Kevin Chapman prep in the Power to Change studio during a commercial break.