Dr. Ophera A. Davis is a public intellectual, an interdisciplinary social scientist, and an affiliate faculty member who has taught at Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), PWIs, and highly selective higher educational institutions in Boston and Virginia for over 20 years. She was a Women’s Studies Fellow at Northeastern University and the first Black American Freedom Project Fellow at Wellesley. Dr. Davis was a participant in Post-doctoral Institutes at Harvard, MIT, and Oxford University. At the graduate level Professor Davis taught in Mental Health Counseling and she taught undergraduates in Africana Studies and Psychology departments.
Dr. Davis is a disaster expert. Her longitudinal study and book on “Hurricane Katrina Mississippi Black Women Survivors Resilience and Recovery” was released in 2021. She received the American Counseling Association ‘Blue Ribbon’ award for her work.
Dr. Davis’ 15-year career coaching practice, “TheJobDoctor” has provided students and clients with guidance to follow their talent, passion, and dreams so that they can make their impact on the world for the good of all humankind. Dr. Davis’ TV show, ‘TheJobDoctor’, aired in Boston. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She received the ‘New Members Award’ from the Connecticut Counseling Association.
An International and Keynote Speaker, Dr. Davis has given conference talks in ‘six continents’ on ‘Hurricane Katrina Mississippi Women Survivors’, ‘Career Counseling Practices in Multicultural Populations’. She is a Diversity Consultant on Black History, Juneteenth, and Kwanza. Dr. Davis earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Masters Degree in Counseling from Jackson State University, an HBCU, in her home state of Mississippi. She earned a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in counseling and human development from Saint Louis University.
Dr. Davis is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She is an active member of Iota Omega Chapter, where she serves on the social justice committee and is an active participant in many arts and humanities activities. Dr. Davis is a member of the NAACP where she served on the environmental justice committee. Dr. Davis served in the Poor Peoples Campaign: A Call for Moral Revival because of her belief and commitment to the late Rev. Dr. MLK’s dream of equality and equity. She received an Exemplar Service Award for her work with the group. Her Southern Methodist orientation guides her commitment to social justice. Dr. Davis served as a volunteer in the Big Sister program in several cities. For fun, one of Dr. Davis’ hobbies is walking 5K races.