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College of Humanities & Sciences

Psychology Department

Jody Davis, Ph.D.

Dr. Jody Davis [View Image]

Associate Professor
Social Psychology
820 W Franklin, rm 205
(804) 828-8227

Associate Professor
Social Psychology
PhD (2000), University of North Carolina

Website: Dr. Davis' Teaching and Research

Research Interests

I have three research areas: close relationships, conservation psychology, and educational psychology. My first research interest is examining processes related to relationship maintenance, such as forgiveness and attitude alignment. My second research interest is examining antecedents and consequences of felt commitment to the natural environment. My third research interest is examining the psychology of teaching and learning.

Select Publications

Goodman, R., Trapp, S., Park, E., & Davis, J. L. (2021). Opening minds by supporting needs: Autonomy and competence support facilitates mindfulness and academic performance. Social Psychology of Education.
Coy, A. E., Davis, J. L., Green, J. D., & Etcheverry, P. E. (2019). A dyadic model of investments: Partner effects on commitment. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36, 3471-3491.
Reid, C. A., Green, J. D., & Davis, J. L. (2018). Attitude alignment increases trust, respect, and perceived reasoning ability to produce attraction. Personal Relationships, 25, 171-189.
Davis, J. L., Le, B., Coy, A. E., Rickert, J., Regan, B., & Ridgeway, K. (2015). Commitment to the environment: The role of subjective norms in college and community samples. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 45, 568-583.
Davis, J. L., Le, B., & Coy, A. C. (2011). Building a model of commitment to the environment to predict ecological behavior and willingness to sacrifice. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 31, 257-265.

Recent Courses

  • Interpersonal Relations (online and face-to-face), undergraduate level
  • Social Psychology (online and face-to-face), undergraduate level
  • Practicum in the Teaching of College Psychology, graduate level


  • Outstanding Teaching Award, VCU Psychology Department, 2014
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, VCU Psychology Department, 2011


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