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Steve Danish

Steven Danish, Ph.D. is a well-respected and much-appreciated psychologist. During his 40-year career, Dr. Danish has published more than 18 books and monographs and has contributed 94 chapters and articles in reputable journals.

Dr. Danish is a 1969 graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Education, earning his doctorate in counseling psychology. He received his bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa. and his master’s degree from Springfield College, Springfield, Mass.

A lead researcher in his field, Dr. Danish’s work has been funded by more than $4 million. His research has resulted in programs that have especially inspired children and at-risk adolescents. Currently, Dr. Danish directs Virginia Commonwealth University’s Life Skills Center and its counseling psychology doctoral program. An exceptional mentor and leader, Dr. Danish teaches graduate students how to develop, evaluate and implement programs that teach life skills to young people. Dr. Danish is a highly successful educator, as evidenced by his life skills program Going for the Goal, which earned him the National Mental Health Association’s Lela Rowland Prevention Award.

Dr. Danish is equally as passionate about addressing the needs of war veterans. He is the founder and director of the FREE 4 VETS program, which grants free services to war veterans while also providing training to meet their needs.

As a sport psychologist, Dr. Danish has fostered in athletes the ability and desire to teach. Under his guidance, countless athletes have become educators, teaching their students responsibility and life lessons through sport.

Adding to his credibility as an expert in the field are Dr. Danish’s many professional passions. For example, he is a registered sport psychologist for the Sports Medicine Division of the United States Olympic Committee and in the late 1980s he was appointed – and reappointed – to the Virginia Governor’s Commission on Sport and Physical Fitness.

In addition, Dr. Danish has participated in the editorial boards of three major industry publications and he is an ad hoc reviewer for the National Institutes of Health.

Because of outstanding contributions such as these, in 2007, Dr. Danish received The Society of Counseling Psychology Lifetime Achievement Award for Prevention and he was named a fellow of three divisions of the American Psychological Association and a fellow of the American Psychological Society.

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