VCU Psychology Department

Does forgiving others affect your meaning in life?

Relationships are a vital source of meaning in life. But conflicts are inevitable in every relationship. Might forgiving an offense by your partner increase or restore how meaningful you feel your life is? read more...


How can we track the psychosocial functioning of patients?

Understanding a patient’s psychological profile over time can aid in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment planning. What method can we use to track the psychosocial functioning of patients? read more...


How important are routines for our well-being?

William Blake suggested that we "Think in the morning, act in the noon, read in the evening, and sleep at night." How critical is the timing and regularly of our daily activities for our well-being? read more...


Dr. Steven Danish

Emeritus Professor

Counseling Psychology


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

Office: 800 W Franklin, rm 110


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.