Lynn Davey, Ph.D., is a psychologist who helps scientists and policy advocates understand and apply the science of framing social issues.
Lynn was graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts, and The Catholic University of America with a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology. Lynn began her career as a professor of psychology at St. Joseph’s College in Maine, where she created the college’s department of psychology, developed major programs of study in psychology and human development, and served as chair of the department for seven years. Frustrated by the disconnect between scholarly knowledge about psychology and human development on the one hand, and the content of public discourse related to social problems, Lynn left her tenured position at St. Joseph's to engage in more applied social science work.
Before starting her own consultancy, Lynn served as Vice President of the FrameWorks Institute, where she designed and analyzed research that investigated public understanding of a host of social problems, and identified frames that would improve public understanding and support for policy solutions.
Lynn's experience spans methods in cognitive, social and political science (including in-depth interviews, focus groups, and large scale experimental surveys) and across a variety of issues (early childhood and youth issues, mental health, government, budgeting and taxation, racial equity, and environmental issues).
Through trainings and intensive technical assistance, Lynn focuses her work on helping scientists and social change advocates adapt framing research to their own work.
Lynn lives in the beautiful city of Portland, Maine with her husband Ben and somewhat notorious Great Dane, Lorenzo. An accomplished pianist, Lynn enjoys playing chamber music and coaxing friends into sing-a-long parties. Lynn also enjoys cycling, and exploring the beautiful Maine coast by boat.