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Stephen F. Davis

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Stephen F. Davis (1942—)

Stephen F. Davis is 'Roe R. Cross' distinguished professor emeritus of Psychology at Emporia State University (Emporia, Kansas), and also visiting distinguished professor of Psychology at Texas Wesleyan University and distinguished guest professor at Morningside College. He is married to Kathleen H Davis.

Stephen had received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from Southern Methodist University and his PhD in experimental psychology from Texas Christian University.

Since 1966, he has spent 35 years of his teaching career at three institutions: King College (Bristol, Tennessee), Austin Peay State University (Clarksville, Tennessee), and Emporia State University (1979—2001). During this time he has published over 325 journal articles, 31 textbooks, and presented over 950 professional papers;; the vast majority of these publications and presentations include undergraduate and graduate student coauthors.

Stephen Davis, has served as managing editor of the Psi Chi Digest since the journal's inception in 1996.

He served as Chair of the ESU Division of Psychology and Special Education for 13 years and then in 2002—2003 he was the Knapp distinguished professor of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego.

In 2007 he was awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Morningside College. His research, which always includes student assistants, has investigated such diverse topics as academic dishonesty, learning versus grade orientation of students, 'Type A personality, the Impostor Phenomenon', and the behavioral effects of ingesting toxic metals.

Steve’s teaching abilities have drawn acclaim on the national level. He has received the National Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award from the American Psychological Foundation and the Teaching Excellence Award from Division Two (Society for the Teaching of Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. His professional accomplishments also include serving as president of the Southwestern Psychological Association, the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, and Division Two of the American Psychological Association. He also served as the National President of Psi Chi (The National Honor Society in Psychology). He has been elected as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology.

He has served as president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP; Division 2 of the American Psychological Association [APA]), Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Southwestern Psychological Association, and Psi Chi. In addition, he received the first Psi Chi Florence L. Denmark Faculty Advisor Award. He is a fellow of APA Divisions 1 (General, 1989), 2 (STP), 3 (Experimental), and 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology), and a recipient in 1988 of the American Psychological Foundation's (APF) Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award.

His most recent publication (co-edited with William Buskist) is the "Handbook of the Teaching of Psychology" (Blackwell Publishers, 2006)
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