Jordan Davis is an assistant professor in the department of Children, Youth and Families. He has devoted much of his career to research addressing substance use and the developmental needs of marginalized and vulnerable populations. Davis also focuses on the utility and development of longitudinal data analyses in the structural equation modeling framework.
Davis’ primary research focuses on substance use disorder treatment among marginalized youth. His intervention work mainly concentrates on Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention and how it can be utilized to address issues facing at-risk youth. Davis has conducted the first randomized controlled trial assessing Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention and the effect on stress, craving and substance use among at-risk young adults in residential treatment. Davis’ research spans to understanding both psychological and physiological stress responses and self-regulation, and how changes in these systems can alter treatment and developmental outcomes.
Recently, Davis has focused on understanding how the development of early life risk and protective factors are associated with sexual violence victimization and perpetration, as well as teen dating violence.
Davis has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Fahs Beck Fund for Experimentation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has been named a Fahs-Beck scholar, a Society for Social Work Research Doctoral fellow, and has received numerous awards for his doctoral work on marginalized young adults.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: PhD 2017
Syracuse University: MSW 2009
Auburn University: BS 2007
Doctoral Fellow, Society for Social Work Research (professional)
Scholar, Fahs-Beck (professional)
Student Merit Award, Research Soceity on Alcoholism (professional)
Award, Ernie Gullerud Dissertation (professional)
Fellowship, Society for Prevention Research (professional)
Graduate College Research Travel Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (professional)
Articles & Publications (25)
Kathleen C. Basile1 & Whitney L. Rostad1 & Ruth W. Leemis1 & Dorothy L. Espelage2 & Jordan P. Davis3
Adolescent sexual violence (SV) perpetration is a significant public health problem. Many risk factors for perpetration are known, but less is known about what protects youth from perpetration, or how protective factors change over time. This longitudinal study reports trajectories of four potential protective factors for SV perpetration (empathy, parental monitoring, social support, and school belonging) across middle and high school and examines their relationship to SV perpetration in high school. Findings reveal that youth who identified as SV perpetrators had significantly lower mean empathy scores (d = − 0.18, 95%CI [−0.26,−0.10]) and social support scores (d = − 0.05, 95%CI [−0.14, −0.03]) at the beginning of middle school than non-perpetrators.
We also found that youth who identified as SV perpetrators had a quicker deceleration in parental monitoring (slopes) and empathy from middle to high school, compared to non-perpetrators. Within-sex differences emerged; significant differences in slopes were detected for school belonging between male perpetrators and male non-perpetrators (Wald test = 3.76 (1), p = .05) and between female perpetrators and female non-perpetrators (Wald test = 3.95(1), p = .04). Significant differences in slopes for empathy between female perpetrators and female non-perpetrators (Wald test = 4.76(1), p = .03) were also detected. No differences were found between male and female SV perpetrators for either empathy or school belonging. These findings have implications for the content and timing of adolescent SV prevention efforts. Intervention in adolescence, involving parents and schools in a comprehensive, multi-level approach, may be effective in preventing SV perpetration.
Jordan P. Davisa,⁎, Daniel Berryb, Tara M. Dumasc, Ellen Ritterd, Douglas C. Smithe, Christopher Menardf, Brent W. Robertsg
Mindfulness based relapse prevention (MBRP) has demonstrated efficacy in alleviating substance use,
stress, and craving but how MBRP works for marginalized young adults has not been investigated. The current study used a novel rolling group format for MBRP as an additional intervention for young adults in residential treatment. We tested the hypothesis that MBRP (plus Treatment as usual (TAU)) would reduce stress, craving, and substance use among young adults in residential treatment relative to treatment-as-usual plus 12-step/selfhelp meetings (TAU only). Further, we examined whether reduced stress during treatment was a potential mechanism of change operating in MBRP.
Method: Seventy-nine young adults (Mage=25.3,SD=2.7;35%female) were randomly assigned to MBRP (n=44) or TAU (n=35). Follow-up assessments were conducted bi-monthly for self-reported measures of stress, craving, and substance use.
Results: At treatment completion young adults receiving MBRP had lower substance use (d=−0.58, [−0.91,
−0.26]), craving (d=−0.58, [−1.0, −0.14]), and stress (d=−0.77 [−1.2, −0.30]) relative to TAU condition.
Reduced stress during treatment partially mediated observed outcome differences between MBRP and
TAU for substance use (βindirect=−0.45 [−0.79, −0.11]).
Conclusions: Results suggest that MBRP is a useful and appropriate intervention for marginalized young adults.
Further, our results suggest that the effects of MBRP on long-term substance use outcomes may be partially
explained by reduced stress.
Davis, J.P., Dumas, T.M., & Roberts, R.W.
Davis, J.P., Dumas, T.M., Berey, B., Cimpinian-Robinson, J., Merrin, G.J., & Roberts, B.W.
Dumas, T.D., Maxwell-Smith, M., Davis, J.P., & Giulietti, P.A.
Dumas, T.D., Maxwell-Smith, M., Davis, J.P., & Giulietti, P.A.
Espelage, D.L., Hong, J.S., Merrin, G.J., Davis, J.P., Rose, C.A., Little, T.D.
Dumas, T.M., Davis, J.P., & Ellis, W.E.
Roberts, B.W., Hill, P., & Davis, J.P.
Smith, D.C., Davis, J.P., Mendoza, N., & Shang, S.
Davis, J.P., Bergman, B.B., Smith, D.C., & Kelly, J.
Davis, J.P., Merrin, G.J., Dumas, T.M., & Berry, D, Wagner, E.F.
Roberts, B.W., & Davis, J.P.
Davis, J.P., Smith, D.C., Cleeland, L.R., & Lux, E.
Merrin, G.J., Davis, J.P., Berry, D., D’Amico L.J, & Dumas, T.M.
Davis, J.P., Houck, J.M., Rowell, N., Benson, J., & Smith, D.C.
Smith, D.C., Davis, J.P., & Dumas, T.M.
Davis, J.P., Smith D.C., Morphew, J.W., Lei, X., & Zhang, S.
Davis, J.P., Merriam, J., Berry, D., Dumas, T., Hong, J.S., & Smith, D.C.
Davis, J.P., & Smith D.C.
Smith, D.C., Davis, J.P., Ureche, D., & Tabb, K.M.
Ureche, D., Smith, D.C., Davis, J.P., & Tabb, K.
Smith, D.C., Cleeland, L.R., Sensoy, Bahar, O., & Davis, J.P.
Smith D.C., Ureche, D., Davis, J.P., & Walters, S.T.
Hong, J.S., Davis, J.P., Sterzing, P.R., Yoon, J., Choi, S., & Smith, D.C.,