Jody Davis, Ph.D., in front of greenery

Jody Davis, Ph.D.


(804) 828-8227

Bird House, 820 W. Franklin St., Room 205

Social Psychology




  • Ph.D.: University of North Carolina, 2000

Research Interests

Dr. Jody Davis has three research areas: close relationships, conservation psychology, and educational psychology. Their first research interest is examining processes related to relationship maintenance, such as forgiveness and attitude alignment. Their second research interest is examining antecedents and consequences of felt commitment to the natural environment. Their third research interest is examining the psychology of teaching and learning.

Select Publications

  • Goodman, R., Trapp, S., Park, E., & Davis, J. L. (2021). Opening minds by supporting needs: Autonomy and competence support facilitates mindfulness and academic performance. Social Psychology of Education.
  • Coy, A. E., Davis, J. L., Green, J. D., & Etcheverry, P. E. (2019). A dyadic model of investments: Partner effects on commitment. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36, 3471-3491.
  • Reid, C. A., Green, J. D., & Davis, J. L. (2018). Attitude alignment increases trust, respect, and perceived reasoning ability to produce attraction. Personal Relationships, 25, 171-189.
  • Davis, J. L., Le, B., Coy, A. E., Rickert, J., Regan, B., & Ridgeway, K. (2015). Commitment to the environment: The role of subjective norms in college and community samples. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 45, 568-583.
  • Davis, J. L., Le, B., & Coy, A. C. (2011). Building a model of commitment to the environment to predict ecological behavior and willingness to sacrifice. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 31, 257-265.


  • Interpersonal Relations (online and face-to-face), undergraduate level
  • Practicum in the Teaching of College Psychology, graduate level
  • Social Psychology (online and face-to-face), undergraduate level


  • Outstanding Service Award, VCU Psychology Department, 2022
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, VCU Psychology Department, 2014
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, VCU Psychology Department, 2011