VCU Psychology Department

Do physicians’ racial biases affect clinical decision making?

Research has demonstrated that automatic, and sometimes unconscious, racial bias can affect how we make decisions about others. But can it influence something as important as a medical decision? read more...


What affects parenting in high-risk communities?

We know that living in high-risk communities is stressful for parents and youth. How does stress, including exposure to violence, affect parents’ management of their adolescents? read more...


How can we predict future rates of tobacco use?

Longitudinal population-based surveys of tobacco use can depict current prevalence levels as well as transitions over time, but how can they be used to forecast those in the future? read more...


Can coping skills help the bereaved bend but not break?

How do college students cope when a loved one dies? Bereavement is difficult at any time in life, but is coping with bereavement different for college undergraduates? read more...

school lunch

Why are VCU researchers dumpster diving?

If school cafeterias force children to take fruits and vegetables on their lunch trays, will students eat them? Will they like them more over time when fruits and vegetables are served regularly? 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.