E Maxwell Davis

Associate professor

Department of Human Development & Women's Studies

(510) 885-2405
MI 3057
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Maxwell Davis began her career as a medical social worker, providing direct services to individuals, families and groups living with HIV/AIDS in a variety of community health settings. She later worked in research positions at the USC Center for Child Welfare and the Drew Center for AIDS Research, Education and Services, where her research examined alcohol use among HIV-positive ethnic minorities. She received an NIH dissertation fellowship for her analysis of "Gendered issues in Alcohol Abuse and Dependence among HIV-positive African Americans." After completing her graduate studies, Dr. Davis was a postdoctoral fellow in the NIMH AIDS Research Training Program at UCLA and taught as adjunct faculty in the MSW program at CSU Dominguez Hills. Dr. Davis is currently involved with a study by AIDS Project Los Angeles and CSU Dominguez Hills to examine the impact of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program on health care access and utilization among HIV-positive consumers in California. Informed by her experiences as an HIV/AIDS social worker, her research interests focus on HIV/AIDS and substance abuse, as well as health care disparities shaped by gender, sexuality, race, culture and socioeconomic status. Her academic interests also include interdisciplinary scholarship, qualitative and mixed research methods, community-based and participatory action research and the integration of critical theory into applied social science research.She has published scholarly articles and book chapters in Home Health Care Services Quarterly and AIDS Patient Care and STDs.


  • B.A., Smith College
  • M.S.S.A., Case Western Reserve University
  • Ph.D. and Graduate Certificate, University of Southern California (Social Work and Gender Studies)


Not teaching this quarter.

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