As Dean of Students, Colette Davison is committed to helping all students achieve the best possible experience while learning at Erikson. She responds to concerns and addresses needs expressed by students, making sure that students have the support they need to thrive and succeed within the Erikson environment.

In her role, Davison coordinates disability services and accommodations for students and facilitates an interdisciplinary internal committee that works to ensure that all Erikson students and staff have access to learning resources. She also serves as one of the school¹s Title IX compliance officers.

Davison also supports the adjunct faculty in Child Development and works closely with the Director of Field Education and Career Counseling for the MSW program, the Coordinator of Field and Career Services for the Child Development program, and the Academic Success Center to help coordinate the student experience both within and beyond the classroom.

She works closely with the Human Development teaching team and jointly teaches Children, Family and the Law with faculty from Loyola University’s Civitas Child Law Center.


B.A. in Hispanic studies, University of Manchester, England
M.S. in developmental and educational psychology, Queen’s University of Belfast
Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Northwestern University

Related Experience

Co-chairperson, Curriculum Designer, and Coordinator, Steering committee for developing MSW program, Erikson Institute, Chicago, IL, 2010–2013

Senior Instructor, Erikson Institute, Chicago, IL, 1996–2013

Consultant to VOA Architectural Associates of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2004–2005

Consultant, Ada S. McKinley Center of Chicago, Chicago, IL 2004–2006

Consultant and Staff Trainer, YWCA of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2000–2002

Supervisor, Virginia Frank Child Development Center, Chicago, IL 1995–1997

Psychotherapist, Virginia Frank Child Development Center, Chicago, IL 1987–1989; 1991–1997

Consultant, University of Chicago, Dept. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Chicago, IL 1989-1991

Counselor, Crisis Center for South Suburbia, Tinley Park, IL 1987–1987

Developmental and Educational Psychologist, Belfast Education and Library Board, Northern Ireland, 1979–1985

Consultant, Northern Ireland Committee Examining Educational Provisions for the Hearing Impaired, 1984–1985

Lecturer, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1983–1985

Teacher of the Hearing Impaired, Holy Trinity Primary School, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1976–1977

Teacher of Spanish, Belfast Education and Library Board Adult Education Division, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1982–1984


Dissertation: Clinician Factors in Substance Abuse Treatment, Northwestern University, June 1995.

Master’s level dissertation examining teacher attitudes toward speech-impaired children integrated into regular classrooms, Queens University of Belfast.

Served on a professional team researching and evaluating educational and psychological provision for hearing-impaired children in Northern Ireland, England, and Scotland (1983). The team reported its findings to the Northern Ireland Legislature and made recommendations for future educational and psychological provision for children and their families.