About Dr. Davidson


Dr. Davidson is a licensed health psychologist specializing in the use of cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and existential approaches to treat patients with a range of medical and mental health challenges. She has a strong interest in mindfulness-based interventions to heal the body and mind. Her focus is on collaboration with the goal of assisting patients in adjusting to difficult experiences and achieving a greater sense of well-being, balance, and peace in their lives. 

With a passion for helping cancer survivors, Dr. Davidson practiced at City of Hope, one of only 41 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation and a leader in patient-center care. There, Dr. Davidson specialized in the treatment of oncology and hematology patients and their families while addressing challenges related to diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, grief and loss.


Dr. Davidson earned both her masters degree in psychology and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. She completed her American Psychological Association (APA) accredited internship at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, a well-respected leader in community mental health in Los Angeles. She then went on to specialize in cognitive-behavioral therapy during her postdoctoral fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which is ranked as one of the nations best hospitals and is one of the top two hospitals in Los Angeles according to U.S. News and World Report.

Dr. Davidson's clinical experience has been cultivated in a range of settings including private practice, community mental health centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. Throughout her training and career, she has focused on gaining skills that will help people improve their health starting in early adulthood and as their age advances.

With over a decade of experience in mental health, Dr. Davidson has had the opportunity to provide services at some the of most well-respected facilities in Southern California where she has served patients facing a range of medical challenges including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, MS, HIV/AIDS, and chronic pain. In addition to her work with medically ill patient, she has successfully worked to help patients who have presented with a variety of mental health concerns including anxiety, mood disorders, and problems with adjustment to life challenges. 

Throughout her career, Dr. Davidson has had a strong interest in supervision and training. She started as a peer-supervisor during her time at the Pepperdine University Counseling Center, Encino. She then went on to supervise and train practicum students and medical interns at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. At City of Hope, Dr. Davidson developed, coordinated and provided supervision for the postdoctoral fellowship program in health psychology. In addition to her work at Rowan Center, Dr. Davidson is also an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University where she provides individual supervision for students enrolled in the Marriage and Family Therapy program.

Dr. Davidson is licensed by the Board of Psychology in the state of California her license number is PSY24540.

Recent Publications and Presentations

  1. Emotional Recovery Following Cancer Treatment, Roy and Patricia Disney Cancer Center, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, October 8, 2015 & August 18, 2016

  2. Psychological Approach to Cancer Patients and Cancer Survivors, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, April 19, 2016

  3. Communication in Clinical Psychology Patel, S. K., Davidson, S., & Folbrecht, J. (2016) In Wittenberg, E., Ferrell, B. R., Goldsmith, J., Smith, T., Ragan, S. L., Glaichen, M., & Handzo, G. (Eds.) Textbook of Palliative Care Communications (71-78). New York: Oxford University Press.

  4. Palliative Psychology: A Developing Frontier in Health Care Davidson, S. L., Folbrecht, J. & Patel, S. K. Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers National Conference Academic Health Centers in the Era of Interprofessionalism: Multifacated Contributions of Psychology, Poster Session February 5, 2015

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association (APA)

  • APA Division 38, Health Psychology

  • APA Division 12, Society of Clinical Psychology

  • American Psychosocial Oncology Society

  • Association of Contextual Behavioral Science

  • California Psychological Association

  • Los Angeles Psychological Association

  • International Psycho-Oncology Society 2012-2014

  • National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists 2010-2014

  • APA Division 20, Adult Development and Aging 2011-2012

  • Society of Clinical Geropsychology 2011-2012

  • Society of Personality Assessment 2005-2011

  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill 2007-2011

  • Association of Psychologists in Academic Healthcare Settings 2014-2015

My strong desire to provide the highest level of care pushes me to be my best self and to create a safe and restorative environment for my patients that facilitates healthy change.
— Dr. Davidson