Thompson Davis



  • PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Research Areas

  • Specific phobias and exposure therapy
  • Child anxiety disorders
  • Autism
  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Evidence-based assessment and treatment


Thompson (Tom) E. Davis III, Ph.D. is the Department Chair and Professor of Psychology (Child Clinical Concentration) at the University of Alabama, and an adjunct professor of psychology at Louisiana State University.  His clinical and research interests include One-Session Treatment (OST) for specific phobia and other exposure therapies as well as broader transdiagnostic issues related to developmental psychopathology.  He has published widely in the areas of specific phobia and anxiety in children, and also has interests in the intersection of anxiety and autism. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders, the Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, Cognitive Therapy and Research, the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, and Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review.  He received his PhD from Virginia Tech and completed his clinical internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Selected Publications

*indicates current or former graduate student co-author

*Ellison, K., *Guidry, J., *Picou, P., *Adenuga, P., & Davis III, T. E. (2021).  Telehealth and autism prior to and in the age of COVID-19: A systematic and critical review of the last decade.  Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 24, 599-630.  doi: 10.1007/s10567-021-00358-0

*Castagna, P., Laird, R., Calamia, M., & Davis III, T. E. (2020).  A basis for comparison: The congruence of mother-teacher ratings of externalizing behavior as a function of family size.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 29, 3335-3341. doi: 10.1007/s10826-020-01843-w

Davis III, T. E., Ollendick, T. H., & Ӧst, L-G. (2019).  One-Session Treatment of specific phobias in children: Recent developments and a systematic review.  Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 15, 233-256.  doi: 10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-050718-095608

*Castagna, P., *Roye, S., Calamia, M., Owens-French, J., Davis III, T. E., & Greening, S. (2018).  Parsing the neural correlates of anxious apprehension and anxious arousal in the grey-matter of healthy youth.  Brain Imaging and Behavior, 12, 1084-1098.  doi: 10.1007/s11682-017-9772-1

Wright, B., Cooper, C., Scott, A., Tindall, L., Ali, S., Bee, P., Biggs, K., Breckman, T., Davis III, T. E….Wilson, J. (2018). Clinical and cost-effectiveness of One-Session Treatment (OST) vs. multi-session cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) for specific phobias in children: Protocol for a non-inferiority randomised controlled trial.  BMJ Open, 8,  1-9.  doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025031

*Castagna, P., Davis III, T. E., & *Lilly, M. (2017).  The Behavioral Avoidance Task with anxious youth: A review of procedures, properties, and criticisms.  Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 20, 162-184.  doi: 1007/s10567-016-0220-3

Davis III, T. E., White, S. W., & Ollendick, T. H. (Eds.).  (2014).  Handbook of Autism and Anxiety.  New York: Springer Science and Business Media, LLC.  doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-06796-4

Davis III, T. E., *Reuther, E., *May, A., *Rudy, B., *Munson, M., *Jenkins, W., & *Whiting, S. (2013).  The Behavioral Avoidance Task using Imaginal Exposure (BATIE): A paper-and-pencil version of traditional in vivo behavioral avoidance tasks.  Psychological Assessment, 25,  1111-1119.  doi: 10.1037/a0033157

Davis III, T. E., Ollendick, T. H., & Öst, L. G. (Eds.).  (2012).  Intensive One-Session Treatment of specific phobias.  New York: Springer Science and Business Media, LLC.  doi: 1007/978-1-4614-3253-1

Davis III, T. E., *Moree, B. N., *Dempsey, T., *Reuther, E. T., *Fodstad, J. C., *Hess, J. A., *Jenkins, W., & Matson, J. L. (2011).  The relationship between autism spectrum disorders and anxiety: The moderating effect of communication.  Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 5,  324-329.  doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2010.04.015

Ollendick, T. H., Öst, L. G., Reuterskiöld, L., Costa, N., Cederlund, R., Sirbu, C., Davis III, T. E., & Jarrett, M.  (2009).  One-session treatment of specific phobias in youth: A randomized clinical trial in the USA and Sweden. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77, 504-516. doi: 10.1037/a00151