Mari S. Davies, Ph.D., is a psychologist and developmental neuroscientist in the Los Angeles area specializing in neuropsychological concerns across the lifespan. As a clinician, Dr. Davies believes that with insight, understanding, and appropriate tools and support, challenges make way for growth. She provides evaluations and identifies empirically-based interventions and practical recommendations for children, teenagers and adults struggling with developmental, cognitive, social/emotional, or behavioral functioning, including:
- specific learning disorders
- autism spectrum disorders and related social developmental struggles
- challenges with spoken or written language
- disorders of attention (ADHD) or executive dysfunction
- impairments in motor coordination, visual-perceptual, or visual-motor integration skills
- other neurological or neurodevelopmental conditions (e.g., congenital disorders, traumatic brain injury (TBI), seizure disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, metabolic conditions, stroke, hypoxia, substance abuse)
- memory disorders / cognitive impairment / neurodegenerative disorders
Dr. Davies provides psychoeducational consultation directly to parents, families and educators navigating the unique journey of supporting children with special needs. As a contractor for school districts across Southern California, she also conducts independent, comprehensive neuropsychological and psychoeducational evaluations of students to help determine their needs and abilities 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.
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 psychology in the state of California (PSY 24383). Her expertise is specialized via doctoral and/or postdoctoral-level coursework, research, and training in neuropsychology. She has authored several book chapters, and published original research articles in peer-reviewed, neuroscientific and neurodevelopmental 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.