Davis, Curtis, PhD

Interim DSW Program Director and Assistant Professor
Contact Information Departments
  • DSW Program
Areas of Interest and Expertise
  • Community-engaged Advocacy
  • Forensic Social Work
  • Racism-based Trauma


  • BSW, University of Mississippi
  • MSW, University of Alabama
  • PhD, Tulane University


Along with experience and specialization in the forensic social work field, Dr. Curtis Davis utilizes mixed method approaches to understand, develop, and influence approaches that foster an effective and equitable incarceration and reintegration experience for adjudicated youth and adults. His work also examines how racism-based trauma is conceptualized, assessed, and treated through interventions. Davis is also passionate about the holistic and meaningful training of burgeoning and seasoned social work practitioners.

Selected Publications

Davis, C., & Francois, S. (2020). Behind closed doors: Considering a triphasic traumatic incarceration experience. Traumatology, 26(2), 193–204. https://doi.org/10.1037/trm0000227

Davis, C., & Francois, S. (2021). “All Skinfolk, Ain’t Kinfolk”: Engaging with Racial Identity and Racism-Based Trauma in Social Work Curricula. Journal of Teaching in Social Work

Davis, C., & Francois, S. (2021). “Lifting the Veil: Considering the Conceptualizations of Racism-Based Trauma among Social Workers. Qualitative Social Work