My work focuses on maternal ecodistress in matrescence and the emerging interpretive framework of maternal ecopsychology. Through articulation of an ecofeminist-informed developmental approach to maternal mental health, I interrogate the power dynamics of psychological approaches that reproduce a logic of domination. I specialize in the expressive application of psychoecological theory and offer ecotherapeutic interventions with mothers as antioppressionist praxis.
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.
Edited collection accepted as part of the special book series at Texas Woman’s University. (Mock cover.)
Inductive research on mothers’ psychoecological development in matrescence as a result of environment- and climate-related mental health distress.
Mixed-method research on mothers’ nature-centered understanding of spiritual wellbeing and its importance for their parenting.
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.
June 20th, 2022
Pregnancy Birth and Beyond Podcast interview with Rosie Rick.
September 2nd, 2021
Mind Full of Everything Podcast interview with Agrita Dandriyal.
May 12th, 2021
Gritty Mystic Podcast interview with Tracy King.
April 19th, 2021
The Good Enough Mother Podcast interview with Dr. Sophie Brock.
Counselor, Educator, and Researcher