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Danielle Pester Boyd

Danielle Pester Boyd, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor

Academic Areas

Counselor Education

Short Bio

Dr. Danielle Pester Boyd is an Assistant Professor for the Counselor Education Programs in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling. Her research focuses on adversity and resilience, the social determinants of mental health, and culturally responsive training and intervention practices. These research activities include both quantitative and qualitative approaches such as instrument development, outcome research, community-based participatory research, and program evaluation. Her research has been awarded the Glen E. Hubele National Graduate Student Award for outstanding scholarship related to the counseling profession by the American Counseling Association and the Outstanding Counselor Education and Supervision Article Award by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.


Professional & Educational Experience

Dr. Boyd received her B.A in History from Texas A&M University. She received her M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Union University and both her M.S. in Counseling and PH.D. in Counselor Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (TX) and Registered Play Therapist with clinical experience working in both a community counseling setting and as a school-based mental health professional. Her national professional service roles include Co-Chair of the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee for the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling and Editorial Review Board Member for Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation.


Research Interests

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Adverse Community Environments (Pair of ACEs)

  • Social Determinant of Mental Health

  • Culturally responsive Counselor Education training practices and clinical intervention practices

  • Intersectional Privilege and Power in helping professions