Danica G. Hays

Dean, College of Education
Professor of Counselor Education
Expertise: Domestic violence intervention, Community mental health, Multicultural and social justice considerations, Mental health assessment and diagnosis


Danica G. Hays is professor of counselor education and dean of the College of Education at UNLV. She earned a doctorate in counselor education and supervision, with an emphasis in multicultural research, from Georgia State University. Her research interests include qualitative methodology, assessment and diagnosis, trauma and gender issues, and multicultural and social justice concerns in counselor preparation and community mental health.

She has published around 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters. She is co-editor of Qualitative Inquiry in Clinical and Educational Settings, Developing Multicultural Counseling Competency: A Systems Approach, and A Counselor’s Guide to Career Assessment Instruments. In addition, she is associate and content editor of the American Counseling Association Encyclopedia of Counseling, co-author of Mastering the NCE and CPCE, and author of Assessment in Counseling: A Guide to Psychological Assessment Procedures.

She has extensive leadership history in the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. The American Counseling Association has recognized her nationally for her research and advocacy as a counselor educator.


  • Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, Georgia State University
  • M.S. Professional Counseling, Georgia State University

Danica G. Hays In The News

Las Vegas Sun
For many of us, the path to a satisfying and life-sustaining career is seldom a direct one. Changing gears mid-career is not for the faint of heart.
The Nevada Independent
Twenty years ago, Lushawn Threats started an elementary education program at the College of Southern Nevada — the first step in the Cheyenne High School graduate’s lifelong dream of becoming a teacher.
Las Vegas Sun
Nancy Lough is the driving force behind UNLV’s new sport management master’s degree program. The program, which began in the fall semester, boasts over a dozen students, and Lough thinks it can grow to be one of the most coveted degrees of its kind in the country.
He’s a jolly guy and he puts on a good face for his students and staff. But behind the scenes he’s exhausted.

Articles Featuring Danica G. Hays

a female student sits in the grass by a tree reading a book
Campus News | September 1, 2022

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

A man stocking shelfs at the food pantry
Campus News | December 8, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring research and accomplishment at UNLV.

Danica Hays exterior portrait image
People | May 20, 2021

Hays joined UNLV in 2015 as professor and executive associate dean and has served as interim dean since August 2020; new position effective July 1, 2021.

Students walking with backpacks on UNLV campus
Campus News | January 25, 2021

Online master’s program for School of Nursing ranks 7th overall and College of Education earns highest-ever placement at 35th; Liberal Arts’ online bachelor’s in psychology debuts at 26th.