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Ann M. Davis, Ph.D., MPH, ABPP

Ralph L. Smith Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition
Department Vice Chair of Research
Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences

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Academic Background

Ann Davis graduated from the University of Kansas with a dual degree in Psychology and English. She attended Western Michigan University for her PhD in Clinical Psychology, and completed her psychology internship at Father Flanagan's Boys Home in Nebraska. After a two year research fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center she returned to her native home in Kansas, to accept a faculty position at the University of Kansas Medical Center in the Department of Pediatrics.

Shortly after her arrival in 2001, Ann founded the pediatric obesity program at KUMC called Healthy Hawks, and embarked on her career as an externally funded scientist in the realm of healthy lifestyles in children. Ann and her team have attained funding from the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies, as well as local and philanthropic grants to support their work. 

Clinical interests

  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Infant/toddler feeding problems
  • Disruptive behavior disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Education and Training

  • University of Kansas: Bachelor of Arts
  • Western Michigan University: M.A.
  • Western Michigan University: Ph.D. 
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center: Fellowship
  • University of Kansas Medical Center: Master of public health


  • Department of Pediatrics Faculty Award in Recognition of Teamwork Appreciation, joint KU Medical Center and Children's Mercy Hospital Deptartment of Pediatrics Award, 2015
  • Cheng Cho, M.D., Ph.D. Award for Excellence in Pediatrics, Deptartment of Pediatrics, KU Medical Cemter,  2012
  • Diane J. Willis Award for Outstanding Article in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology for our paper, "Comparison of a Family-Based Group Intervention for Yoths with Obesity to a Brief Individual Family Intervention: A Practical Clinical Trial of Positively Fit",  2012
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 54 (Pediatric Psychology),  2011
  • KUMC Pediatrics-Chairman's Award for Distinction in Scholarship, 2011
  • Leone F. Mattioli, M.D., Award for Pediatric Research & Scholarship, KU Medical Center Pediatrics,  2011
  • Selected as a Fulbright Scholar Specialist (candidate) by the J William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB), the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State (ECA), and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), 2011
  • Selected for the American Psychological Association Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, 2010
  • Selected for the Association of American Medical Colleges Mid-career Women's Leadership Conference, 2009
  • KU Medical Center Pediatrics-Chairman's Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, 2007
  • School of Medicine Clinical Research Curriculum Program Fellow (K30), 2003-2006
  • Fellow, National Institutes of Health Summer Institute on Randomized Clinical Trials, 2003
  • Circle of Achievement Award, Computers and Hi-Tech Special Interest Group, Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, 2000
  • Annual Student Research Award, Autism and Developmental Disabilities
  • Special Interest Group, Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy


  • Center for Physical Activity, Nutrition and Weight Management
  • Vice Chair, Special Interest Group on Pediatric Obesity, Division 54, American Psychological Association
  • Invited Member, Infant Mental Health Advisory Board, Project EAGLE
  • Invited Member, Pediatric Obesity Best Practices Committee, University of Kansas
  • Kansas Psychological Association
  • Division 54, Society of Pediatric Psychology, American Psychological Association
  • American Academy of Pediatrics 
Last modified: Apr 23, 2021

Ann Davis, Ph.D., MPH, ABPP


Ann M. Davis, Ph.D., MPH, ABPP
Ralph L. Smith Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition
Department Vice Chair of Research

P: 913-588-6300

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