Elysia P. Davis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
University of California, Irvine
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
333 City Blvd. West, Suite 1200
Orange, CA
USA 92868

Biographical Sketch: Dr. Elysia P. Davis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine.  Her undergraduate degree (1996) is from Vassar College.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2002.  Her interests are developmental psychobiology; stress; pregnancy; neurodevelopment; assessments of fetal, infant and child development.  Selected publications:


Davis, E. P., Bruce, J. & Gunnar, M. R. (2002).  The anterior attention network: Associations with temperament and neuroendocrine activity in 6-year-old children. Developmental Psychobiology, 40(1), 43-56.

Davis, E. P., Parker, S. W., Tottenham, N. G., & Gunnar, M. R. (2003).  Neuroendocrinology: Emotion and cognition.  In M. de Haan & M. H. Johnson (Eds.), The Cognitive Neuroscience of Development. (pp. 181-206) Sussex, England: Psychology Press Ltd.

Davis, E. P., Townsend, E. L., Gunnar, M. R., Georgieff, M. K., Guiang, S. F., Cifuentes, R. F., & Lussky, R. C. (2004).  Effects of prenatal betamethasone exposure on regulation of stress physiology in healthy premature infants. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 29 1028-1036.

Davis, E. P., Snidman, N., Wadhwa, P. D., Dunkel Schetter, C., Glynn, L., & Sandman, C. A. (2004). Prenatal maternal anxiety and depression predict behavioral reactivity in infancy. Infancy, 6(3), 319-331.

Davis, E. P. Hobel, C., Sandman, C. A., Glynn, L. M., Wadhwa, P. D. (2005). Prenatal stress and stress physiology influence human fetal and infant development.  In M.L. Powers & J. Schulkin (Eds.) Birth, Distress, and Disease: Placental-Brain Interactions.  (pp.183-201). Cambridge University Press.

Davis, E. P., Glynn, L. M., Dunkel Schetter, C., Hobel, C., Chicz-Demet, A., & Sandman, C. A. (2005). Maternal plasma corticotropin-releasing hormone levels during pregnancy are associated with infant temperament. Developmental Neuroscience, 27(5), 299-305.

Davis, E. P. & Sandman, C. A. (2006).  Prenatal exposure to maternal stress and stress hormones influences child development. Infants and Young Children, 19(3), 246-259.