John W. Davison, Ph.D., MBA

Dr. John Davison received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology along with an MBA degree from Auburn University. He completed his clinical training and early practice as a psychologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle, Washington. He then joined the headquarters staff at VA Central Office, where he was the Associate Director for Behavioral Public Health and continued to provide clinical care at the Washington DC VA Medical Center.

After three years as a Lead Associate with the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, Dr. Davison became the Chief of Behavioral Health at the Defense Health Agency (DHA) where he led the revision of the $1.4 billion TRICARE Mental Health Care benefit, resulting in mental health parity and improved access to care for 9.6 million beneficiaries. Dr. Davison’s most recent assignment was the Chief of the Integrated Clinical Operations Policy Support Branch in the DHA Medical Affairs Directorate, where he implemented a system-wide clinical communities model to advance clinical process improvement and standardization in healthcare delivery. He also achieved $8.5 million in Defense Health savings through streamlining and consolidation of programs.

Dr. Davison’s practice experience includes provision of evidence-based psychotherapy for PTSD and other disorders; psychological assessment of law enforcement and public safety job candidates; and consultation to private companies and municipal agencies regarding personnel assessment and selection for managerial and executive positions. In his career, Dr. Davison has served as the Co-Chair of the DoD/VA Health Executive Council’s Psychological Health Workgroup; the DoD Co-Lead for President Obama’s Mental Health Interagency Task Force; and the DoD ex-officio member of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) National Advisory Mental Health Council.