Danica G. Hays

Professor of Counselor Education
Interim 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 executive associate 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

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.
The Nevada Independent
September 14, 2020
Smoke-filled air settling over northwest Nevada because of raging wildfires has created a yo-yo effect for the Washoe County School District.
KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
April 20, 2020
While schools are out and libraries are closed during the coronavirus pandemic, UNLV’s College of Education students and faculty are coming up with new ways to ensure story time for children continues. The catch? As most everything is these days, it is virtual.

Articles Featuring Danica G. Hays

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