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Davies, Patricia L., PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Title:  Professor
Department: Occupational Therapy
Institution: Colorado State University
Mailing Address: 219 Occupational Therapy, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1573
Phone: (970) 491-7294     

Dr. Davies is currently a Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and has a joint appointment with the Department of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University. She is also a faculty member in the Molecular, Cellular and Integrated Neuroscience Program at CSU. Dr. Davies received her BS in OT at Colorado State University, and her MS and PhD in Neuroscience and Developmental Psychology at the University of Wyoming. She taught at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, for six years before coming to CSU in the fall of 2000. Patti has 20 years of experience as a pediatric occupational therapist.

Dr. Davies is Director of the Brainwaves Research Laboratory at CSU. The focus of her research is to understand the development of neurophysiological mechanisms that underlie cognitive and motor behaviors in children with and without disorders. By using electroencephalography (EEG), event-related potentials (ERPs), and behavioral testing, she is able to relate brain activity to sensory and cognitive functional performance. Along with Dr. William Gavin and numerous graduate and undergraduate students, she has collected EEG and behavioral data on over 800 children and adolescents.

Dr. Davies has recently published articles in American Journal of Occupational Therapy, OTJR: Occupational, Participation and Health, Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, Developmental Neuropsychology, Brain and Cognition, Biological Psychology and Psychophysiology. Patti has served on the editorial boards for American Journal of Occupational Therapy, OTJR, and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, and reviews EEG/ERP articles for journals such as Psychophysiology, European Journal of Pediatric Neurology and Biological Psychiatry. Her research is funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Wallace Research Foundation. She has presented her research on sensory processing and cognitive event-related potentials at international conferences and invited venues in Spain, Japan, Portugal, Germany and Canada. Patti regularly presents her research at national conferences such as the Society for Neuroscience, Society for Psychophysiological Research, Society for Research in Child Development