Pamela Davis, Ph.D.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Director, Assistant Professor of Counseling
On Faculty since 2012

Office: BGC M214
Phone: (630)752-5194
Fax: (630)752-7033


Ph.D., Regent University, Counselor Education and Supervision, 2012

M.A., Wheaton College Graduate School, Counseling Ministries, 2002

B.S., Liberty University, English Education, 1987

About Pamela Davis

Dr. Davis is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (Illinois) and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor for the Association of Play Therapy.  She received her M.A. in Counseling Ministries from Wheaton College and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University.  Previously serving twenty-two years as a missionary in Thailand, 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.  She has a keen interest in cross-cultural populations and has a first-hand understanding of the unique contribution that counselors and psychologists can make to missionary families.  Dr. Davis directs the Missions Matters Lab, which focuses on research related to missionaries and other cross-cultural populations.  When not working, she enjoys hiking, running, and experiencing almost anything new.

Courses Taught

  • Basic Counseling Skills and Techniques
  • Social, Cultural, and Spiritual Foundations of Mental Health
  • Group Counseling
  • Assessment in Counseling
  • Counseling Challenges in Ministry
  • Practicum and Internship Seminars
  • Foundations of 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 directs the Missions Matters Lab, focusing on research opportunities in the areas of missionary care, missionary resilience, and third culture kids.  Currently, Dr. Davis has interest in research involving the life cycle of single missionaries, the prevalence of eating disorders among missionary kids (MKs), grief and loss among third culture kids, and vicarious trauma models as applied to the experience of cross-cultural workers.

Publications and Presentations


Davis, P.S. & Edwards, K.J. (2013). Emotion-focused therapy and Third Culture Kids. In L. Bushong (Ed.), Belonging Everywhere and Nowhere: Insights into Counseling the Globally Mobile.

Davis, P.S., Suarez, E.C., Crawford, N.A., & Rehfuss, M.C. (2013). Reentry program impact on Missionary Kid depression, anxiety, and stress: A three-year study. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 41, 2, 128-140.

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. (2013, April). Reentry Program Impact on Missionary Kid Depression, Anxiety, and Stress: A Three-Year Study. Presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Portland, OR.

Watson, T., Davis, P., & Kellums, M. (2013, April). Enhancing Mental Health Education and Training for International Students: A Forum for Students and Educators. Presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Portland, OR.

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.

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