Hi, I’m Allison: Counselor, Educator, and Researcher of Maternal Ecopsychology

“Holding a mother’s environmental concerns or ecodistress within a developmental framework is a more supportive, validating, and agency-enhancing response to a mother’s assertion of ecological challenges than current conventional psychological approaches that reflect pathologizing tendencies.”

Davis, “Untangling the Double Bind of Carework in Green Motherhood

Dr. Allison Davis


Allison Davis, MS, LPCC, PhD, is a counselor, educator, and researcher. She is in private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she specializes in treating perinatal and postpartum environmental distress. She is Adjunct Faculty in the Masters Clinical Counseling Program at Alliant International University and the inaugural Matrescence Research Fellow in the Maternal Psychology Lab at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Her research on maternal ecodistress is published in the peer-reviewed journals Ecopsychology and Women’s Studies International Forum. Dr. Davis is Editor of Mothering in a Time of Climate Change Precarity in North America accepted by Texas Woman’s University’s “Pioneering Women” book series with Texas A&M Press. She is also Editor of the Journal of Mental Health and Climate Change and consults on maternal climate- and environment-related distress with businesses, nonprofits, and activist organizations.

She graduated from Texas Woman’s University, where she earned her doctorate in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies for researching the effects of posttraumatic stress on the life pathways of adolescents experiencing incarceration, as well as a Masters in Counseling and Development. She now conducts research on psychoecological development, the efficacy of matrescence education, and the ecological domain of maternal development through an ecofeminist lens.

Ecological Matrescence

Inductive research on mothers’ psychoecological development in matrescence as a result of environment- and climate-related mental health distress.

Mothers’ Ecospirituality

Mixed-method research on mothers’ nature-centered understanding of spiritual wellbeing and its importance for their parenting.

Program Evaluation

Evaluation of a transformative educational curriculum for mothers within a maternal ecopsychological framework to help support growth in ecocentric worldviews.


Bridging the theory and practice of maternal ecopsychology with expressive nature invitations to support maternal mental health.

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Counselor, Educator, and Researcher