Kirsten Davison

Donahue and DiFelice Endowed Chair

Associate Dean for Research

School of Social Work


Kirsten K. Davison, MS, PhD, is the Donahue and DiFelice Endowed Chair and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Social Work at Boston College. Dr. Davison leads an extramurally-funded research program focused on parenting and child health outcomes, with a particular focus on underserved families in a domestic setting. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, current studies include a randomized controlled trial testing the efficacy of a childhood obesity preventive intervention for low-income families implemented in Head Start, a cohort study examining links between sleep and growth in children from birth to 2 years, and a national study examining the role of fathers in childhood obesity prevention.