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Can people have a "relationship" with the natural world?

Human behavior is at the root of the rapid pace of climate change. What leads people to perceive greater interdependence with the environment? How does their commitment to the environment predict pro-environmental behavior? read more...


What increases emergency visits in children with asthma?

How are family/culturally-based beliefs about asthma, caregiver quality of life, and emergency department use associated in pediatric asthma? read more...


Can we train students' brains to work more effectively?

Direct cognitive training in a school setting represents an important innovation for developing the underlying thinking skills needed for educational success. Can we make computers better "trainers"? read more...


Can you strengthen your character in six hours?

Religious and secular self-help experts have long helped people build character strengths. But can people achieve as much—or even more!—benefit by working through six-hour workbooks at home? read more...


Dr. Steven Danish

Emeritus Professor

Counseling Psychology

Director, Life Skills Center


PhD (1969), Michigan State University

Diplomate, American Board of Professional Psychology (Counseling Psychology)

Registered Sport Psychologist, Sports Medicine Division, US Olympic Committee

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia


Fellow, American Psychological Association, Divisions 17, 27, 47


Fellow, American Psychological Society


Fellow, Association for Applied Sport Psychology

Research and Clinical Interests

My research and clinical interests include developing, implementing, and evaluating community-based life skills programs for the purpose of enhancing positive development and promoting the behavioral health for deployed veterans and their families; teaching life skills through sport to youth; facilitating the transfer of what is learned in one life domain to other life domains; consulting with the National Guard on issues about which they are concerned.

Contact Information

Phone: 804-828-8222 or 828-4384

Office: 800 W Franklin, rm 202


Web site: Life Skills Center

Selected Publications

Danish, S., & Antonides, B. (2009). What counseling psychologists can do to help returning veterans. The Counseling Psychologist, 37, 1076-1089.

Danish, S., & Forneris, T. (2008). Promoting positive development and competency across the lifespan. In S. Brown & R. Lent (Eds.), Handbook of counseling psychology (4th ed., pp. 500-516). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Danish, S .J., Chopin, S. M., & Conley, K. A. (2008). Rethinking breast self-examinations: Are we asking the right questions? Breast Cancer: Basic and Clinical Research, 2, 31-35.

Danish, S., Forneris, T., & Schaaf, K. (2007). Counseling psychology and culturally competent health care: Limitations and challenges. The Counseling Psychologist, 35, 716-725.

Brunelle, J., Danish, S., & Forneris, T. (2007). The impact of a sport-based life skill program on adolescent prosocial values. Applied Developmental Science, 11, 43-55.