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Ann M Davis, PhD, MPH, ABPP is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center with an appointment to the faculty at Children’s Mercy Hospital. She double majored in Psychology and English earning her BA at the University of Kansas, moving on to earn her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University. She completed her internship at Father Flanagan’s Boys Home in Omaha, Nebraska and then a two year Fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Pediatric Psychology.  

In 2001 she joined the faculty at the University of Kansas Medical Center in the Department of Pediatrics as an Assistant Professor and currently has joint appointments in Dietetics & Nutrition and in the Psychology Department at KU in Lawrence as well as at the University of Missouri Kansas City and at Children’s Mercy Hospital. As part of a K23 from the NIH, Dr. Davis also earned her MPH in 2007. Dr. Davis is the Director of the pediatric obesity program at the University of Kansas, called Healthy Hawks, which was founded in 2004 and treats children ages 2-18 who are overweight or obese.

She is also Director of the Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition, a joint Center between the University of Kansas Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital, focused on all aspects of healthy lifestyles in children.   Dr. Davis’ NIH funded research focuses on both pediatric obesity and pediatric feeding issues. She is interested in the use of behavioral principles to promote health in children and families, and her work has primarily focused on interventions in underserved populations. Dr. Davis is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and is an active clinician as part of multidisciplinary teams focused on the treatment of pediatric feeding problems and the treatment of pediatric obesity. Her most recent NIH grant focuses on the treatment of pediatric obesity in rural children and families using novel technologies. .

View Dr. Davis's articles in PubMed