MaryAnnDavisDr. Maryann Davis is Research Associate Professor in the UMass Medical School’s Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center within the Department of Psychiatry. She is Director and Principal Investigator of the Learning and Working during the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions RTC).  She is an internationally recognized expert on services for transition age youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions. Her work has helped shape the growing United States agenda addressing the struggles this population faces in assuming adult roles, and the failure of service systems to provide developmentally appropriate and effective supports at the juncture of adolescence and adulthood. Her research investigates policies, service systems, and interventions that facilitate the emergence of adult role functioning.  Dr. Davis’ research focuses on the development of evidence-based interventions that facilitate mental health and related treatment, reduce antisocial behavior, and increase sustained and rewarding adult work lives. The Transitions RTC shares developing knowledge with emerging adults, families, and the field, through a variety of accessible platforms and technical assistance. Throughout all of this work, she and her colleagues at the Transitions RTC prioritize working in partnership with young adults with lived experience of mental illness on all aspects of research and knowledge sharing. Dr. Davis has worked with members of Congress to develop formative legislation to support young adults, provided guidance in the development of transition-age youth and young adult programs at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and served the Institute of Medicine/National Research Council as a study committee member investigating the health and well-being of young adults.   Maryann enjoys her non-work life as the wife of a paleontologist and mother of 13- and 17-year old daughters, and as an avid, though aging, volleyball player who has a weakness for dark chocolate in any form.