Mari S. Davies, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and neuroscientist in the Los Angeles area specializing in neuropsychological concerns across the lifespan. As a clinician, Dr. Davies assesses and identifies interventions and customized, practical recommendations for children, teenagers and adults struggling with challenges affecting cognitive, social/emotional, or behavioral functioning, including:
- specific learning disorders
- autism spectrum disorders and related social developmental conditions
- challenges with spoken or written language
- attention disorders (ADHD) or executive dysfunction
- impairments in fine motor development, visual-perceptual or visual-motor integration skills
- other neurological/medical conditions (e.g., congenital disorders, traumatic brain injury (TBI), epilepsy, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, metabolic conditions, stroke, hypoxia, substance abuse)
- attachment disorders and trauma, adjustment, or stress-related disorders
- memory disorders / cognitive impairment / neurodegenerative disorders
As a consultant to school districts and psychologists across California, Dr. Davies also conducts independent, comprehensive neuropsychological and psychoeducational evaluations of students to determine eligibility or needs for services or accommodations in the school or test settings. She teaches graduate-level psychology courses, presents seminars and talks to professional communities and associations, and has testified as an expert witness in Family Court, Immigration Court, and at special education hearings. She also provides psychoeducational consultation directly to parents, families and educators navigating the unique challenges of supporting children with special needs.
Dr. Davies received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2009, and has a license to practice clinical psychology in the state of California (PSY 24383). Her expertise is specialized via doctoral and postdoctoral-level coursework, research, and training in neuroscience and neuropsychology. She has authored several book chapters, and published original research articles in developmental neuroscience in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals.
You can learn more about Dr. Davies’ clinical work, research and teaching here.
Select publications and talks:
Davies, M., Strickland, T.L., Cao, M. (2014). Book chapter for the American Psychological Association’s APA Handbook of Multicultural Psychology: Neuropsychological Assessment of Culturally Diverse Populations (http://www.iaccp.org/node/637)
Dapretto, M., Davies, M., Pfeifer, J., Bookheimer, S.Y., Sigman, M., Iacoboni, M. (2006). Understanding emotions in others: mirror neuron dysfunction in children with autism spectrum disorders. Nature Neuroscience 9, pp. 28-30.
Davies, M., Bookheimer, S.Y., Dapretto, M. & Sigman, M.D. (2011). The neural bases of gaze processing abnormalities in high functioning children with autism spectrum disorders. Brain & Behavior 1(1), p. 1-11.
Uddin, L., Davies, M., Scott, A., Zaidel, E., Bookheimer, S., Iacoboni, M. and Dapretto, M. (2008). Neural basis of self-other representation in autism: An fMRI study of self-face recognition. Plos One.
Sepeta, L./Tsuchiya, N., Davies, M., Sigman, M.S., Bookheimer, S.B. and Dapretto, M. (2012). Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 4:17 Abnormal Social Reward Processing in Autism as Indexed by Pupillary Responses to Happy Faces.
Click on the blue text to hear an interview on Voice America Radio in which Dr. Davies discusses the growing concerns related to youth concussions in sports.