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Keynote Speaker

King Davis, Ph.D.

King Davis was appointed professor of research in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) in 2014. He is the principal investigator for an $800,000 multi-disciplinary digital archives project at Central State Hospital in Petersburg Virginia, the first mental hospital for newly freed slaves in America. King was the inaugural director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis and holder of the Mike Hogg Endowed Chair in urban affairs from 2011–2014 at UT. He served as executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health from 2003–2008. King also held the Robert Lee Sutherland Endowed Chair in Mental Health, Law, and Social Policy in the UT School of Social Work from 2000–2008. He is a former commissioner of the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services and served in the L. Douglas Wilder administration from 1990–1994. He held endowed chairs in the departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Virginia, Medical College of Virginia, and Eastern Virginia Medical School. He was a professor of social policy at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work from 1985–1999 and Norfolk State University School of Social Work from 1975–1985. King held the rank of captain and chief of social work services for Walson Army Hospital at Fort Dixin New Jersey during the Vietnam War.


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