National Institute on Aging

King Davis Selected as Founding Director of a New Institute at the University of Texas

King Davis was appointed founding director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis at the University of Texas. He has been serving as interim director during the institute’s start-up phase.

Dr. Davis is a professor and Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy in the university’s School of Social Work. He joined the faculty at the University of Texas in 2000 after teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University and serving as commissioner of the Virginia Department of Mental Health.

Dr. Davis holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University. He earned a Ph.D. at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.


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  1. Rowena Wilson says:

    Congratulations Dr. Davis!

    • King Davis says:

      Hi Rowena,

      Good to hear from you. My regards to my great friends at NSU.


    • Sharon Parker says:

      Dr. Davis congratulations on your appointment and other accomplishments. Thank you for being an inspiration and a leader. I am an MPF alumni and I recall meeting you a few years ago through Dr. Jones. I appreciate the words of wisdom you shared with many of us.

  2. Jean W. Cunningham says:

    Congratulations. Now I know where you are. Richmond has missed you. jean

    • King Davis says:

      Hi Jean,
      Great to see your name there. I have been here in Austin since 2000. I have a project at Central State Hospital so I get back to Richmond once or twice a year. Will contact you before the end of March if we are able to keep our schedule.

      My best,


  3. Carrie Waites says:

    Congratulations! Nice to hear of your great work. We miss you!

    • King Davis says:

      Hi Carrie,
      So very good to hear from you. Please give my best wishes to my colleagues at NSU. Hope to get back to Norfolk before the end of the summer.


  4. Joseph Cannon says:

    Dr.Davis, Congratulations! Look forward to seeing and talking with you at next meeting of BTW.

    • King Davis says:

      Hi Joe,

      Are you in DC? Good to hear from you. Victoria and I will be there for the next BTW celebration. Will be in DC this month for a couple of days.

      My best,


  5. Mark Worthy says:

    Congratulations!I would like to know more about the program and your philosophy of education..

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