Steven Danish, Ph.D., in front of a cement staircase

Steven Danish, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor

Counseling Psychology




  • Ph.D.: Michigan State University, 1969

Research Interests

Dr. Steven Danish's 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.

Select 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.


  • Diplomate, American Board of Professional Psychology (Counseling Psychology)
  • Registered Sport Psychologist, Sports Medicine Division, US Olympic Committee
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association, Divisions 17, 27, 47
  • Fellow, American Psychological Society
  • Fellow, Association for Applied Sport Psychology


  • Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Education, Michigan State University (the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology was housed in the College), 2008
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for Prevention from the Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association, 2007