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Dèsa Daniel PhD

Assistant Professor
  • School of Education & Human Development

Email Address:thecounselingprogram@ucdenver.edu

Dr. Dèsa Karye Daniel is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New Mexico and Colorado. Daniel’s research interest focuses on supervision relationships for racial/ethnic minorities, the lived experiences of racial/ethnic college students, and the experiences of Black/African American Womxn in academic spaces. Dr. Daniel advocates for inclusive spaces for racial/ethnic minority students within academia and within organizations for increasing graduate student resources. She received her doctoral degree in counselor education at the University of New Mexico. Daniel holds dual master’s degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Higher Education Administration from New Mexico State University. Dr. Daniel was named a 2021 New Mexico Office of African American Affairs Everyday Hero for her mental health work with Black communities. Daniel is the recipient of the 2020 NBCC Minority Fellowship.

Areas of Expertise

  • Multiculturalism
  • Black womxn
  • College Students
  • Leadership
  • Race and Racism

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • State of New Mexico, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • National Certified Counselor


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education from the University of New Mexico
  • Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling from New Mexico State University
  • Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration from New Mexico State University
  • Bachelors of Arts in Individualized Studies from New Mexico State University


  • American Education Research Association (2022)
  • Division E Research Grant NBCC (2020)
  • Minority Fellow NBCC Minority Fellowship Program for Mental Health Counselors


  • Reviewer, Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology
  • Co-host, The Thoughtful Counselor Podcast

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