Philip W. Davidson, Ph.D.

Philip W. Davidson, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 671
Rochester, NY 14642

Appointment: (585) 276-3000

Professional Bio

Dr. Davidson is the Director (and Division Chief) of the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities (SCDD); a federally-funded center for interdisciplinary training, demonstration services, research and technical assistance in developmental disabilities. Each year about 70 graduate and post-graduate trainees spend from 8 to over 500 hours in preclinical didactic, and clinical and research practica in developmental disabilities. Trainees represent eleven clinical disciplines including: Medicine, Gerontology, Psychology, Social Work, Special Education, Speech Pathology, Nursing, Pedodontics, Nutrition, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Psychiatry. Some trainees are drawn from departments and schools of the University of Rochester and others from SCDD's affiliated institutions of higher learning or from the community. Extramurally funded degree and certificate programs have been developed with the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Funded fellowship programs have been established in Pediatrics, Psychology, and Physical Therapy. A funded program on aging and developmental disabilities was established by SCDD and the Center on Aging.

Dr. Davidson has served as the major supervisor for 19 postdoctoral fellows in pediatric psychology and predoctoral fellows in clinical psychology and three research fellows. He periodically serves as a member of PhD dissertation committees in the Department of Clinical and Social Psychology, and MA thesis committees in the School of Nursing. He has directed psychology master's theses at SUNY Brockport and at SUNY Geneseo.

Patient Care Bio

Aging and Developmental Disabilities
Behavior Disorders
Neurotoxicants and Development

Awards & Honors (National)

Daniel J. Ziegler Distinguished Alumnus Award | Department of Psychology, Villanova University 2010
Graduate Alumni Medallion | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Villanova University 2010
American Psychological Association Leadership Award | Division on Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities 2002

Awards & Honors (Local)

Faculty Service Award | Department of Pediatrics 1992 - 1993

Current Appointments

Professor Emeritus - Department of Pediatrics, Neurodevelopmental & Behavioral Pediatrics (SMD) - Primary


PhD | Psychology | George Washington University1970
MS | Psychology | Villanova University1968
BA | Psychology | Bucknell University1963

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Clinical Child Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship, Division for Disorders of Development and Learning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 1974