Dr. E. Maxwell Davis Is Named Director of CalSWEC’s Mental Health Program

Mental Health Program is Integrated Behavioral Health, effective July 1, 2016

Dr. E. Maxwell Davis is the new director of the Mental Health Program (MHP), announced CalSWEC Executive Director Rodger Lum, who noted, "Dr. Davis's appointment comes following a national search for a successor to Director Gwen Foster, who retired in February following six years of outstanding service." Dr. Davis's appointment is effective September 1, 2015.

The MHP allocates more than 140 stipends to MSW students in accredited schools of social work in California.

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Dr. Davis earned her Ph.D. in social work at the University of Southern California with a graduate certificate in Gender Studies. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a master’s in social administration with a concentration in health social work and from Smith College with a B.A. in women’s studies.

For the past seven years, Dr. Davis was an assistant professor at California State University, East Bay in the Department of Human Development and Women’s Studies. Throughout various roles there, she was actively involved in faculty governance and curriculum development with an emphasis on training and relationship building. She was also principal investigator for three projects that dealt with assessing community engagement and its impact on student learning outcomes at CSU, East Bay, perceptions of risk and HIV prevention among young African American women on campus, and the social context of alcohol misuse among HIV-positive African Americans. 

Prior to CSU, East Bay, Dr. Davis was an adjunct assistant professor at CSU, Dominguez Hills, where she taught a course on social welfare research. While working toward her Ph.D. at USC, she was a principal research associate at The Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science examining alcohol use among HIV-positive people of color. 

Dr. Davis next accepted a position as a postdoctoral research fellow in the NIMH AIDS Research Training Program at UCLA and managed a study that examined the impact of the Medicare Part D drug benefit program on access to medication and services among dually eligible HIV-positive individuals in Los Angeles County.