Margot T. Davis


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Qualitative research, behavioral health treatment systems, evaluation research, addiction services research, faith-based programs,


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Margot T. Davis



Margot Trotter Davis, Ph.D, LICSW is a Scientist at the Institute for Behavioral Health. She has been involved in the field of addictions as both a clinician and researcher for over 35 years. Before coming to Brandeis University, Dr. Davis worked in government planning agencies to enhance the quality of and access to mental health and addiction treatment programs. She is an independently licensed clinician with expertise in addiction, trauma, military health, and major psychiatric disorders. Combining both micro and macro perspectives, her research interests focus on policies related to behavioral health treatment, and evaluation of innovative system designs. Of particular interest is the role of spirituality and religion in public policy. Recent areas of study include integration of behavioral health services into medical practices, community responses to opioid crisis, initiatives to increase access to care through vouchers, a national evaluation of community coalitions to impact addiction policy, and impacts of evidence-based addiction treatment in health and wellness programs. She is involved in projects related to psychological health among the military and serves as consultant to non-profits interested in this population. She has extensive experience in qualitative analysis and the use of focus group techniques in research studies.
Dr. Davis holds a masters degree in Social Work from Boston College focusing on the emerging trend in Employee Assistance Programs. Her Doctoral work focused on developing analytic models of faith-based addiction treatment programs. Both her Masters and Doctorate studies were supported through a NIAAA trainee grant.

Awards and Honors

  • Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance: Bob Ray Partnership Award (2019)
  • Best Program and Curricula Abstract Award AMERSA conference 2011 (2011)


  • Davis, Margot T., Erickson-Warfield, M., Boguslaw, J., Roundtree-Swain,D.,Kellogg, G. "Parenting a 6 Year Old is Not What I Planned in Retirement: Trauma and Stress Among Grandparents due to Opioid Crisis." Journal of Gerontological Social Work (2019). (forthcoming)
  • Davis, Margot T; Torres,M; Nguyen, A; Stewart, M; Reif, S. "Improving quality and performance in substance use treatment programs: What is being done and why is it so hard?." J. Social Work (2017). (forthcoming)
  • Davis, Margot T.. "Developing an interiew protocol and analytic frame in faith-based research." Sage Research Methods Cases. Ed. Gill, Michael. Sage:, 2016 (forthcoming)
  • Sharon Reif, Maureen T. Stewart, Maria E. Torres, Margot T. Davis, Beth Mohr Dana, Grant A. Ritter. "Effectiveness of value-based purchasing for substance use treatment engagement and retention." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 122. (2021).
  • Davis, Margot T.. "The Lifespan of Crisis: A conceptual model of grandparents raising grandchildren in opioid addicted families." AMERSA Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. November 7, 2019.
  • Larson, Mary Jo; Davis, Margot T.. An Evaluation of the Community Support Program-Transition Age Youth; Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance and Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts. 2019.
  • Larson, Mary Jo; Fisher, William, Saadoun, Mayada; Davis, Margot T.. SMOC Behavioral Health and Homeless Housing Integration Program: Services in Supportive Housing. 2018.
  • Stewart, Maureen ; Reif, Sharon ; Dana, Beth ; Nguyen, Anmarie ; Torres, Maria ; Davis, Margot T. "Incentives in public addiction treatment system: Effects on waiting time and selection." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 95. (2018).
  • Davis, Margot T; Bateman, Brian; Avorn, Jerry. "Educational Outreach to Opioid Prescribers: the case for academic detailing." Pain Physician 20. (2017): 147-151.
  • Boguslaw, J / Davis, Margot T. "Lessons From the Hyatt 100." Boston Globe September 5, 2016: Editorial A8.
  • Davis, Margot T. PhD. / Fredriksson, Stacie, MA / Bonneau, Amy L, LICSW. "Implementing a community based program for military members: A case study on crossing cultures." American Public Health Association, Denver, CO. October 31, 2016.
  • Davis, Margot T./ Reif, Sharon Ph.D. / Stewart, Maureen T. Ph.D.. "Challenges to Improving Quality in Substance Use Treatment Programs: Is an Incentive Contract Enough?." Addiction Health Services Research Conference, Seattle, WA. October 14, 2016.
  • Davis, Margot T.. "Religious Practices Among US Military and Veterans." Pluralization of Religions, Cultures, and Research Methods in an Era of Globalization, Newport Beach, CA. October 23-25, 2015.
  • Sharon Reif , Maureen Stewart , Constance M. Horgan , B. Mohr , Maria Torres , Margot T. Davis , Dominic Hodgkin , Grant Ritter , AnMarie Nguyen. "Incentives in public addiction treatment systems: Context and effects on access, retention, selection and outcomes." Drug and Alcohol Dependence 156. (2015): e188.
  • Stewart, M; Horgan, C; Mohr, B; Torres, M; Davis, M; Hodgkin, D; Ritter, G; Nguyen, A. "Incentives in public addiction treatment systems: Context and effects on access, retention, selection and outcomes." Drug and Alcohol Dependence 156, Page e188. (2015): e188-e245.
  • Davis, Margot T., Mulvaney-Day, Norah., Larson, Mary Jo., Hoover, R., Mauch, Danna. "Complementary and Alternative Medicine Among Veterans and Military Personnel: A Synthesis of Population Surveys." Medical Care Supplement 52. 12 (2014): 83-90.
  • Davis, Margot T., Reif, Sharon. Addiction Recovery Services, Evaluation of an integrated program: Prepared for Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital. Boston, MA 2014.
  • Davis, Margot T., Mulvaney-Day, Norah., Larson, Mary Jo. "Use of Complementary and Alternative therapies among military personnel and veterans: Lessons from a review of population surveys." Addiction Health Services Research Conference. Portland, OR. October 23, 2013.
  • Davis, Margot T.. "Focus group: Evaluation of substance abuse treatment program." SAGE Cases in Methodology. Ed. Patrick Brindle. London: SAGE Publications Ltd, 2013
  • Davis, Margot T.. "Religious and non-religious components in substance abuse treatment: A comparative analysis of faith-based and secular interventions." Journal of Social Work 14. 3 (2013): 243-259.
  • Mulvaney-Day, Norah; Larson, Mary Jo; Davis, Margot T.. "Use of alternative and complementary therapies to treat combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder: A comprehensive review." 141st APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition 2013, Boston, MA. 2013.
  • Mulvaney-Day, N; Larson, MJ; Davis, MT. Behavioral Health Research Gap Analysis; Report to U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. 2012.
  • Davis, Margot T., Brolin M, Johnson J. Utilizing Coalitions as a Strategy for Health Care Change: Results from a National Evaluation. 2011.
  • Davis, Margot T., Dunlap L, Keyes V, Dowd W, Williams C.. The Role of Faith-based Organizations in Public Substance Abuse Treatment System: Findings from a National Evaluation. 2011.