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Our Founder & Director of Training


Telsie A. Davis, PhD

Dr. Davis founded the Cultural Equity Institute to help eliminate mental health treatment disparities that prevent Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); as well as, individuals with marginalized cultural identities (e.g., women, individuals who are LGBTQIA+) from recovering at their full potential.

She is a licensed psychologist and 19-year veteran clinician, supervisor, and trainer in the mental health field with 11 peer-reviewed publications, four book chapters, and over 60 international, national, state, and local invited talks and workshops in the areas of culturally responsive treatment and evidence-based, culturally informed treatments for PTSD and co-morbid PTSD and substance use.

Dr. Davis earned her B.S. in Applied Psychology from Georgia Tech and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. She completed her predoctoral internship in professional psychology and trauma at Emory University School of Medicine (Emory SOM). In addition, Dr. Davis completed two postdoctoral fellowships at Emory SOM: year one focusing on co-morbid PTSD and substance use treatment with African American women and year two on translational research focused on African Americans with co-morbid PTSD and substance use treatment. Dr. Davis is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Vice Chair for Faculty Development for Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory SOM. She also works as a licensed psychologist in the Trauma Recovery Program at the Atlanta VA and is Co-Chair of the Diversity Rotation within the APA-Accredited Psychology Training Program.  

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