Tim Davis

Timothy L. Davis

Director of BattenX Leadership Coaching and Executive Development
Associate Professor of Public Policy
Education & Training
PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Maryland
MS, Counseling, Arizona State University
BA, Journalism and History, Indiana University

Tim Davis is an associate professor of public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the Director of Leadership Coaching and Executive Development for Batten’s Lifelong Learning and Executive Education (BattenX) program.  A clinical psychologist, Davis helps students, executives and teams increase their effectiveness by building resiliency, strengthening community and expanding self-awareness. At Batten, he teaches courses on team leadership, group dynamics and emotional resilience.  

Davis provides coaching to executives and leadership teams who are facing moments of intense change and other organizational challenges. He has coached teams and leaders at multinational industry and trade groups, as well as non-profits, for-profit start-ups and entrepreneurs. He also works with company boards of directors to help them operate more efficiently and cohesively.

He has also delivered talks and workshops for a wide range of audiences including companies like Hewlett Packard Enterprises and Sterling Computer as well as at U.S. Government organizations such as the National Defense Intelligence Agency and the Government Accountability Office.

Davis’s leadership courses at Batten emphasize practical, experiential learning to build self-awareness and organizational effectiveness. His students form teams to experiment with using different approaches to solving problems they face as team members and leaders. His resilience-focused courses use the college experience as a place for students to build emotional perseverance, life management skills, and foundational leadership skills that will help them successfully manage setbacks and career challenges.

Prior to joining Batten, Davis served as the Executive Director for Resilience & Leadership Development at the University of Virginia.  He also previously served as the Director of the UVA Center for Counseling & Psychological Services and as Director of Clinical Services at the University of Michigan Counseling & Psychological Services Department. 

Davis has authored and co-authored book chapters and articles on resilience-related topics. He received the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award from the College of Education at Indiana University. He earned his doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park and his master’s from Arizona State University.  He received his Executive Coaching Certification from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership.  Davis completed a postgraduate program in Organizational Development at the Gestalt Institute (Columbus, OH).  He was on staff as a consultant with Business of People, an independent consulting firm.  Prior to his career as a clinical psychologist, Davis held a variety of marketing and research positions with The Procter & Gamble Company.