The board of directors of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ron Davidson as Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County. Dr. Davidson is a nationally renown child welfare and mental health advocate with many years of experience caring for abused and neglected children – as executive director of the agency.
Dr. Davidson was director of the Mental Health Policy Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Department of Psychiatry from 1994 until his retirement in June. Operating under a federal court consent decree, a landmark case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union to reform the state’s troubled child welfare system, the UIC program has provided clinical consultation and technical assistance to Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for more than 20 years. During that period, Dr. Davidson and his UIC staff conducted over 400 reviews of psychiatric hospitals and residential treatment centers on behalf of DCFS, in addition to offering clinical training and support to community-based agencies serving mentally ill children.
Dr. Davidson’s UIC program often drew national news media attention and national recognition – including a 1998 profile by Dateline NBC. Dr. Davidson also honored with a 2007 award for program excellence from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a frequent media commentator on child welfare, healthcare reform and other public policy issues.
The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have relied on Dr. Davidson’s expertise regarding psychiatric hospitals in a number of healthcare fraud investigations, beginning in 1998, and he continues to consult with federal law enforcement officials in this ongoing national effort.
Dr. Davidson received a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of California at Davis in 1982, where he also completed a clinical internship in the UCD psychiatry department’s community mental health clinics and psychiatric emergency services unit. He received a BA in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1973.