Dr. Paige E. Davis


A native of the United States, Dr. Davis attended University at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. After graduating with a BSc she moved to Florida and worked on an inpatient mental health facility for young children. She recieved her MSc and PhD in Developomntal Psychopathology/Psychology at Durham University in 20011. As a lecturer at Leeds she remains an honerary fellow at York St John University and a reserach fellow for Theatre Hullabaloo, a place based theatre for children in Darlington. 


  • Lecturer in Psychology
  • Link tutor for Psychology with Education Students
  • Research Fellow at Theatre Hullabaloo (Social Prescription of Play)

Research interests

Paige has been intrested in imagination and imaginary compaions throughout her career. She has published in peer reviewed journals, as well as for general audiences. In 2020 she wrote a book chapter which was published in The Cambridge Handbook of Imagination.  Becoming pregnant with her second son sparked an interest in a new reserach area; parenthood and creativity. This eventually led to a collaboration with Theatre Hullabaloo in the first evaluation of Play on Prescription, a socially prescribed play programme for parents of 0-3-year-olds. Paige won a British Academy Innovation Fellowship in 2023 to examine Play on Prescription. Her Research fellow position at Theatre Hullabaloo came out of the BA project where she continues to build an evidence base for social prescripton of play. 

Student education

I am the link tutor for the Psychology with Education students

I module lead the Advanced Research Issues in Psychology

I supervise undergraduate project students, MSc’s and PhD students

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