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Inger P. Davis, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita SDSU
Senior CASRC Researcher

Contact Information

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2087, La Jolla CA 92038 
T: (858) 459-8688 


Inger Davis, Ph.D. has two Social Work Master's Degrees and a Ph.D. Degree from University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. Her studies were supported by two Fulbright and United Nations Fellowships. As a faculty member at three schools of social work she has taught graduate quantitative and qualitative research and clinical courses. Her publications include two textbooks and numerous peer-reviewed articles. She is one of the founders of CASRC, where most of her empirical research, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has been conducted. Since 2004 she maintains ties to CASRC through volunteer work.

Research Focus

Four-fifths of my more than fifty years of paid professional life in Europe and the U.S. have been evenly devoted to graduate and postgraduate education of human service professionals and to quantitative and qualitative research of processes and outcomes of human services. The remaining fifth has been devoted to the practice of individual, parent and family-unit counseling, not only for the purpose of actually providing such service, but also to directly learn from the interaction between practitioner and client-systems as a fertile ground for practice model development.

Two factors cross-cutting my functions as a human service educator, researcher and practitioner are, (1) my consistent commitment to serve at-risk children, adolescents and their families, CYF, and, (2) dependence of the service delivery systems, not only on the qualifications and performance of the service providers from a range of disciplines and professions, but equally on the quality of the interdisciplinary communication and collaboration among them. The five-year Federally funded "Graduate Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Training Project" brought home to me and my two co-principal investigators (Alan Litrownik, SDSU, Psychology Department and Janet Weinstein, California Western School of Law) how important cross-, inter- and transĀ­ disciplinary relations and processes are to the quality of health, mental health, child and family welfare and other human services. It is a field crying out for further conceptualization and empirical study of the many types of relationships that exist among the disciplines.


  • Villodas, M., Litrownik, A.J., Newton , R.R., & Davis, I.P. (In press) Placement trajectories of maltreated children in child welfare: A 12-year longitudinal study of stability and child physical and behavioral well-being. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.
  • Landsverk, J.A., Garland, A., Rolls-Reutz, J. & Davis, I.P. (2010) Bridging science and practice in child welfare and children's mental health service systems through a two decades research center trajectory. Journal of Social Work, 11, 80-98. 
  • James, S., Leslie, L.K., Hurlbut, M.S., Slymen, D.J., Landsverk, J.A., Davis, I.P., Mathiesen, S.G. & Chng, J.(2006) Children in out-of-home care: Entry into intensive or restrictive mental health and residential placements. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 14, 196-208. 
  • Davis, I.P., Landsverk, J.A., & Newton, R. (1997) Duration of foster care for children reunified within the first year of care. In J.D. Berrick, R.P.Barth, & N.Gilbert (eds.) Child Welfare Research Review, vol.2, p.277-293. New York: Columbia University Press. 
  • Davis, I.P. (1994) Integrating qualitative and quantitative methods in clinical research. In: E. Sherman & W.J. Reid (eds.) Qualitative methods in social work practice research, (p.423- 434). New York: Columbia University Press.