Professor - Tenured
Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
campus e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- B.A., Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, June, 1980
- M.A., Experimental Social Psychology, College of William and Mary, June, 1982
- Ph.D., Social Ecology, University of California Irvine, December 1990
Teaching and Research Interests
Classes regularly taught: Social Psychology, Social Influence, Statistics for Health & Behavioral Sciences, Directed Research, Human Sexuality, Media Psychology, and a specialty course called Natural Disasters: Societal & Individual Reactions to Risk.
- Barberi, F., Davis, M.S., Isaia, R., Nave, R. & Ricci, T. (2008). Volcanic risk perception in the Vesuvius population, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 172, Issues 3-4, May 2008, p. 244-258.
- Davis, M.S., Ricci, T. & Mitchell, L. M. (2005). Perceptions of risk for volcanic hazards at Vesuvio and Etna, Italy. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies 2005:1, http://www.massey.ac.nz/~trauma/issues/2005-1/davis.htm.
- Davis, M.S. & Ricci, T. (2004). Perceptions of risk for volcanic hazards in Italy: A research note. International Journal of Sociology & Social Policy, 24 (10), 157 – 163.
- Davis, M.S., Rubinstein, J. & Lemp, S. (2010). The impact of community-based disaster preparedness training on citizens’ knowledge of and attitudes toward preparedness. Invited presentation, Cities on Volcanoes 6, Tenerife, Spain, May 30 – June 4, 2010.
- Johnston, D., Davis, M., Becker, J., Leonard, G., & Paton, D. (2010). Community understanding of and response to the lahar risk at Mount Rainier: Implications for public education. Poster presented at Cities on Volcanoes 6, Tenerife, Spain, May 30 – June 4, 2010.
- Davis, M.S. (2010). Disaster psychology: Why do we live in dangerous places? Invited Keynote Address for Everbridge Notification World 2010 Conference, Glendale, CA, May 3, 2010.
- Davis, M.S. (2010). Community-based public education projects in California. Invited presentation: Emergency Management Summer Institute, Joint Centre for Disaster Research, School of Psychology, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, March 15 – 19, 2010.
- Davis, M.S. (2008). Community-based disaster preparedness training: Impact on citizens, Paper presented at the 88th Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, Irvine, CA., April 11, 2008.
- Davis, M.S., Barberi, F., Isaia, R., Nave, R. & Ricci, T. (2007). Volcanic risk perception in the Vesuvius population. Poster presented at Cities on Volcanoes 5, Shimabara, Japan, November 18-23, 2007.
- Johnston, D.M., Davis, M.S., & Becker, J. (2007). Community understanding of the lahar risk around Mount Rainier, USA. Poster presented at Cities on Volcanoes 5, Shimabara, Japan, November 18-23, 2007.
- Davis, M.S., Johnston, D.M, & Becker, J. (2007). Risk perception, warning systems and evacuation plans for volcanic hazards. Paper presented at the 87th Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, May 5, 2007, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
- Davis, M., Ricci, T. & Mitchell, L. M. (2006). Awareness of volcanic hazards and perceptions of risk among communities surrounding Etna and Vesuvio, Italy. Paper presented at Cities on Volcanoes 4, Quito, Ecuador, January 23 - 27, 2006.
- Davis, M. (2006). Tsunami awareness on the coast of northern California. Poster presented at Cities on Volcanoes 4, Quito, Ecuador, January 23 - 27, 2006.
- Davis, M.S. (2004). Perception of risk for volcanic hazards in Italy. Paper presented at the 112th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, August 1, 2004, Honolulu, Hawaii.
- Davis, M.S. (2003). An interdisciplinary approach to teaching a course on Natural Disaster. Paper Presentation at Cities on Volcanoes 3 Conference, July 15, 2003, Hilo, Hawaii.
My masters thesis concerned attributions of blame toward victims of earthquakes. For my doctoral work, my focus became more applied and was focused on perceptions of risk and levels of earthquake preparedness among residents of southern California.
In 2003 I conducted an initial study of the public's perceptions of risk from volcanic hazards at both Vesuvio and Etna in Italy. In 2006 I was involved in a more in-depth, follow-up study of over 4,000 residents of metropolitan Naples in the area around Vesuvius and the nearby Campi Flegrei. I have also completed research on public awareness of and response to tsunami hazards in northern California in collaboration with the Marin County Sheriff's Department Office of Emergency Services as well as a study of public perceptions of risk for volcanic mudflow and debris flow hazards at Mt. Rainier, Washington in collaboration with colleagues from GNS Science, New Zealand. Most recently I completed two studies evaluating the psychological impact of participation in the Get Ready Marin and CERT disaster preparedness programs offered here in Marin County.
Other topics of interest to me include a variety of issues in social psychology and human sexuality, media influences on attitudes and behavior, and social influence tactics.