Tamara Davis

Tamara Davis (no photo)


School of Counseling

Academic Credentials

B.A., M.Ed., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ed.D., Virginia Tech
Other study: Western Carolina University


Dr. Davis started her career with Marymount as an adjunct in 1998. Before coming to Marymount full-time in 1999, Dr. Davis was an elementary and high school counselor for nine years in Manassas, Virginia. Her professional positions have included being Past President of the Virginia Association for Counselor Education & Supervision and of the Virginia School Counselor Association. She was on the Board of Directors of the American School Counselor Association (2010-2013) and served on the Virginia School Counselor Association Board for 20 years. Dr. Davis has presented over 150 workshops locally, regionally, and nationally on topics  including developing resilience and positive thinking in students.

Her publications include books and articles in school counseling as well as book chapters on counseling suicidal children, group counseling in schools, and counseling students at risk of dropping out of school. She was named the 2007 Counselor Educator of the Year by the American School Counselor Association. Each Fall,  the Tamara E. Davis Outstanding School Counseling Graduate Student Award (named in her honor for her service to school counselors in Virginia) is presented to a school counseling graduate student in a Virginia university.  She teaches courses  in the school and clinical mental health graduate programs, although her current passion is Positive Psychology and how it can be used successfully in counseling. Dr. Davis is an active member of the Northern Virginia School Counseling Leadership Team and provides supervision training for school counselors in the DMV. She resides in Manassas with her husband, Ken, and their Siberian Husky, Phoenix.

Teaching Area

  • Theories of Counseling
  • Foundations, Ethics, and Professional Issues in School Counseling
  • Practicum in School Counseling
  • Positive Psychology in Counseling

Research Interests

  • Resilience in children and adolescence
  • Resilient parenting
  • Strengths-based counseling
  • School counselor preparation and training
  • Theories of counseling
  • Perfectionism in students


Phone: 703-526-6822

Email: tdavis@marymount.edu