Amber Davis

Amber Davis



Dr. Davis a Research Associate at the Disability Health Research Center. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 7+ years of clinical experience with underserved communities, Dr. Davis has an intersectional lens to supporting minoritized persons with disabilities. As a trauma-informed clinician scientist, Dr. Davis’s research investigates the role of cumulative adversities and intersectional resiliency factors on the transition to adulthood/early adulthood for Black young adults with developmental disabilities with a focus on autism. She brings a micro-level perspective to providing culturally relevant interventions coupled with a macro-level lens to disrupting ableism and racism more upstream.

Dr. Davis is pioneering in her work to center the experiences of doubly marginalized transition-age youth and adults for the improvement of this populations’ health outcomes across the adult lifespan. She has publications in peer-reviewed journals specific to this population and other disability areas. She has influence on the national level, with the local community and in academic/clinical settings with the intent of raising consciousness and advancing intersectional disability justice.

Dr. Davis earned a B.S. in Family Youth and Community Sciences from the University of Florida, a MSW from Florida State University, and a PhD in Social Work form Howard University. She has trained as a T-32 postdoctoral scholar at the UC Davis MIND Institute and Johns Hopkins University to develop her knowledge and research expertise in autism and addressing trauma in diverse populations, including the Black population and persons with developmental disabilities.

Specialties and Expertise
  • Adolescent/Young Adult Care
  • Disabilities
  • Disparities
  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Mental Health
  • PTSD
  • Resilience/Stress Coping
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Transition of Care
  • Violence