Danica G. Hays

Professor of Counselor Education
Dean, College of 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

June 8, 2021
Danica Hays is helping build the teacher of tomorrow at UNLV, and she’s not bashful in saying it’s a community effort.
May 21, 2021
Danica Hays will become the UNLV College of Education’s permanent dean after filling the job on an interim basis for nine months. The change will take effect July 1, the university announced Thursday.
November 2, 2020
MGM Resorts International has partnered with the University of Nevada Las Vegas College of Education to provide free virtual tutoring.
November 2, 2020
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is partnering with the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) College of Education to provide free virtual tutoring for children of active MGM Resorts employees for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. This partnership centers on both small group tutoring as well as family engagement sessions aimed at supporting MGM employees and their families.

Articles Featuring Danica G. Hays

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. 
Business and Community | April 20, 2020
UNLV College of Education assembles online library of books amid coronavirus pandemic to help support children, parents, teachers.