Visiting Assistant Professor
On Faculty since 2012
Office: BGC M232
PhD, Regent University, Counselor Education and Supervision, 2012
MA, Wheaton College Graduate School, Counseling Ministries, 2002
BS, Liberty University, English Education, 1987
Licensure and Certifications:
Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S), North Carolina, 2003
National Certified Counselor (NCC), 2007
Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), 2010
Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S), 2012
About Pamela Davis
Dr. Davis is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (North Carolina) and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor for the Association of Play Therapy. Having spent 22 years as a missionary in Thailand, she maintains a keen interest in cross-cultural populations and understands first-hand the unique contribution that counselors and psychologists can make to missionary families. Dr. Davis provides clinical consultation to missionary organizations and offers online supervision to counselors working in remote, overseas locations where counseling resources are not available. When not working, she enjoys hiking, running, and experiencing almost anything new.
- Humanistic/ Experiential Theory and Practice with Individuals and Systems
- Cultural, Social, and Spiritual Foundations of Mental Health
- Internship Seminar
- Play Therapy
Membership in Professional Societies
- American Counseling Association (ACA)
- Association of Play Therapists (APT), Registered Supervisor Designation
- Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS)
- Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society
Dr. Davis’s research interests include missionaries and other cross-cultural populations. Currently, she is intrigued by issues surrounding Third Culture Kid (TCK) repatriation, as well as the application of vicarious trauma models to the experience of cross-cultural workers.
Publications and Presentations
Davis, P., Headley, K., Bazemore, T., Cervo, J., Sickinger, P., Windham, M., & Rehfuss, M. (2010). Evaluating impact of transition seminars on missionary kids’ depression, anxiety, stress, and well-being. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 38(3), 186-194.
Davis, P., & Fry, M.L. (2010, June). Who’s in charge today?: Implementing child-centered play therapy groups in school settings. Play Therapy, 5(2), 16-19.
Davis, P. & Headley, K. (2011, November). Evaluating the impact of MK reentry programs on depression, anxiety, stress, and psychological well-being. Presented at the International Conference for Mental Health and Missions, Angola, Indiana.
Davis, P. (2011, February). Trauma and crisis among those who serve: Assisting missionary families recovering from traumatic stress. Presented at the International Conference of the Christian Medical and Dental Association, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Edlin, S., Davis, P. Sturrock, N., Wright, R., & Wyse, B. (2009, May). Developing a pilot program of global member care to enhance missionary effectiveness and resilience. Presented at the Evangelical Alliance Mission International Consultation on Global Member Care.
Davis, P. (2008, October). Coping with grief and loss in missionary transitions. Presented at the Narramore Christian Foundation Member Care and Counselor Training, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Davis, P. (2007, October). Adjustment issues of Missionary Kids: Depression, cutting, eating disorders, addictions, grief and loss. Presented at the Narramore Christian Foundation Member Care and Counselor Training, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Davis, P. (2005, September). The culture adjustment cycle as applied to short-term humanitarian aid workers. Presented at the Summer Institute of Linguistics Southeast Asia Regional Conference.
Friesen, T., & Davis, P. (2005, May). Training Thai counselors as child play therapists. Presented at the Royal Project Thailand Symposium for Tsunami Recovery, Bangkok, Thailand.
Olford, J.M. & Davis, P. (2005, March). Managing the psychological effect of grief and trauma in the aftermath of crises. Presented at the Chiang Mai Mental Health Care Network, Chiang Mai, Thailand.