People—Patrick Davies

Professor Davies' research interests include, marital conflict, family discord, parental adjustment, child emotion regulation and coping with family stress, child psychosocial maladjustment, and competence.

Research Interests

My broad area of interest lies in children's socioemotional adaptation and maladaptation within the context of close interpersonal relationships especially in family contexts. My three major research aims include: (a) delineating the emotional, behavioral, and physiological processes underlying links between family and interparental discord and children's social and emotional adjustment; (b) examining the effects on interparental conflict on children in the context of broader family relationships and systems; and (c) charting familial and psychosocial pathways responsible for the risk posed by parental distress and maladjustment. I am particularly interested in taking a developmental psychopathology perspective to understanding children's adaptation from infancy through adolescence. Research addressing these aims is guided by the emotional security theory (Davies & Cummings, 1994; Davies & Sturge-Apple, 2007). The primary assumption of this theory is that family and other interpersonal stressors increase children's risk for psychological maladjustment by undermining their goal of preserving their emotional security. Our work is increasingly guided by evolutionary and ethological conceptualizations.

For more information, please visit Dr. Davies' faculty page in the Developmental Program area.

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • CSP 289  Developmental Child Psychopathology
  • CSP 377 and 378  Exploring Research in Family Psychology I and II
  • CSP 560  Family Processes in Childhood
  • CSP 562  Developmental Research Methods

Selected Publications

  • Davies, P.T., Sturge-Apple, M.L., & Cicchetti, D. (in press). Interparental aggression and children's adrenocortical reactivity: Testing an evolutionary model of allostatic load. Development and Psychopathology.
  • Davies, P.T., Sturge-Apple, M.L., Cicchetti, D., Manning, L.G., & Zale, E. (2009). Children's patterns of emotional reactivity to conflict as explanatory mechanisms in links between interpartner aggression and child physiological functioning. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50, 1384-1391.
  • Bascoe, S.M., Davies, P.T., Sturge-Apple, M.L., & Cummings, E.M. (2009). Children's insecure representations of the interparental relationship and their psychological maladjustment: Children's peer information processing as an explanatory mechanism. Developmental Psychology, 45, 1740-1751.
  • Davies, P.T., & Woitach, M.J. (2008). Children's emotional security in the interparental relationship. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17, 269-274.
  • Davies, P.T., Woitach, M.J., Winter, M.A., & Cummings, E.M. (2008). Children's insecure representations of the interparental relationship and their school adjustment: The mediating role of attention difficulties. Child Development, 79, 1570-1582.
  • Davies, P.T., Sturge-Apple, M.L., Cicchetti, D., & Cummings, E.M. (2007).  The role of child adrenocortical functioning in pathways between forms of interparental conflict and child maladjustment.  Developmental Psychology, 43, 918-930.
  • Davies, P.T., & Sturge-Apple, M.L. (2007).  Advances in the formulation of emotional security theory:  An ethologically-based perspective.  Advances in Child Behavior and Development, 35, 87-137.
  • Davies, P.T., Sturge-Apple, M.L., Winter, M.A., Cummings, E.M., & Farrell, D. (2006). Child adaptational development in contexts of interparental conflict over time. Child Development, 77, 218-233.
  • Davies, P.T., & Cummings, E.M. (2006). Interparental discord, family process, and developmental psychopathology. In D. Cicchetti & D.J. Cohen (Eds.), Developmental Psychopathology: Vol. 3: Risk, Disorder, and Adaptation (2nd ed., pp. 86-128).  New York: Wiley & Sons.
Patrick Davies

Quick Facts

Title: Professor of Psychology

Education: Ph.D., West Virginia University


Contact Info

452 Meliora Hall
Department of Clinical & Social Sciences in Psychology
Box 270266
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627

Phone: (585) 273-4672

Office Hours: By appointment