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Jonathan Davis

A bald, white man with an auburn beard and rectangular glasses smiling, wearing a black and white checked shirt and black tie.

Jonathan Davis, Ph.D., LMFT, CFLE, (he/him/his) is a native of Huntsville, Alabama.He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1992. After two and a half years working as a missionary in Russia, he pursued graduate education at Abilene Christian University and earned a Ph.D. from Purdue University, where he concentrated in marriage and family therapy. In his doctoral program, Jonathan received specialized training in Medical Family Therapy in Rochester, New York before coming to teach at Samford University in 2002.

Jonathan and his colleagues have presented at many national and regional conferences, and local workshops. He has published articles in the Journal of Systemic Therapies, Journal of Applied Gerontology, Family Relations, and the Journal of Psychology and Christianity. From 2012-2016, he directed a Department of Justice consortium grant for five institutions in the Birmingham area aimed at addressing the problem of campus violence, and he is excited about developing scholarship in this area.

Jonathan has counseled with individuals of many different races, and couples and families of many types. He especially enjoys working with children and their parents, and he has led support groups for families with gifted children. In counseling sessions, Jonathan helps families build on their strengths and use their resources to grow in challenging times.

Areas of specific training and experience include:

  • Stepfamily adjustment
  • Divorce
  • Religion and families
  • Families and health
  • Grief
  • Exceptional children
  • Trauma in families

As a Certified Family Life Educator, Jonathan also is available to speak to groups on these topics and others.

In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys reading, jogging, family history, and spending time with his wife and their four children.