Contact Info/Faculty and Staff

Child Development Unit

University of Louisville
Department of Pediatrics
Louisville, KY 40292
P: (502) 852-3276



Deborah Winders Davis, Ph.D.
Director, Louisville Twin Study

The primary focus of Dr. Davis' research is the identification of factors that influence individual differences in developmental outcomes in children who are at risk for adverse outcomes, such as children born with low birth weights or children from low-income families. One area of particular interest is the development of attention regulation skills within the social context of parent-child interactions. In this work, the role of child factors such as temperament, environmental factors such as parental sensitivity and  the interaction between the child and the environment have important implications for school readiness and academic outcomes. More recent work has focused on parenting and parent health literacy as a means to promote positive parenting and support optimal socio-emotional development.