Charles A. Davidson
Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Charlie Davidson is Clinical Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology. He received his PhD and MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his BA in Musical Arts with a minor in Psychology from Vanderbilt University. He completed a clinical internship at V.A. Connecticut Healthcare System – West Haven, a two-year NIMH-funded T32 postdoctoral research fellowship at Yale, and a one-year NIMH-funded postdoctoral research fellowship at Emory University.
Dr. Davidson’s primary clinical training and experience has been in psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery for adults with serious mental illness (SMI) and young people with or at-risk for psychosis. He also works as a generalist, specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy and related approaches, including skills training, behavioral, motivational, acceptance and commitment, dialectical, and mindfulness-based approaches, with collaboratively tailored goals for behavioral change in personal, social, and functional roles. Dr. Davidson also specializes in group-based therapies. He has a small private practice at the Atlanta Center for Cognitive Therapy, where he is also a co-director for CBT training, an APA accredited continuing education program.
Dr. Davidson has published in peer-reviewed journals, contributed to a book on social cognition and psychosis, and regularly presents at scientific conferences on practical interventions that affect multiple systems and tools to more precisely and comprehensively understand interventions and their targets. His current research projects aim to: 1) use a simulated social exclusion task to understand developmental processes in psychopathology; 2) test the efficacy of sleep-related behavioral experiments designed for psychotherapy or public health interventions; 3) determine the nature and impact of stigmatized beliefs about mental health in general and psychosis in particular on professional and social support; and 4) develop and assess tools designed to track treatment-related change in social cognitive characteristics and abilities, such as attributional biases and emotion recognition.
Dr. Davidson is an active member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), where he is the Treasurer for the Schizophrenia and other Serious Mental Disorders Special Interest Group and a member of the Self-Help Resource Committee.