Tonya Davis, PhD, LCPC

Clinical Training Director/Core Faculty

Dr. Tonya Davis is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois, as well as Clinical Training Director and Core Faculty at Counseling@Northwestern. Davis received her (PhD) in Counselor Education and Supervision and her Master of Science (MS) is in Clinical Mental Health and both are from CACREP accredited programs.

Research and scholarship interests include Unconscious/Implicit, and Racial Bias, The Clinical Supervisory Relationship, Familial Resilience, Crisis and Trauma, Familial Systems, Couples, Family Therapy, and Social Justice. Davis has over fifteen years of university teaching experience. She has taught at the undergrad, graduate, and post-graduate level offering courses including Counseling Skills and Strategies (team approach), Counseling Practicum, Counseling Internship, Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling, Multicultural Diversity, and other courses via face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats.

Davis has worked in an alcohol, drug, and addiction treatment facility, on-call crisis intervention and stabilization agency serving area hospitals, and staff clinical therapist within private practice for 10 plus years. Davis has direct professional counseling experience working with adults, children, adolescence, couples, individuals, and families.

Areas of clinical specialty include cultural and racial identity development, gender identity development, crisis, trauma, abuse, couple, family, and parenting issues, Christian counseling, depression, anxiety, LGBTQ+, grief and loss, anger management, and career.

Recent Presentations and Publications:


Summers, L., Davis, T., & Kosovac, B. [In Press]. Hair We Grow Again: Upward Mobility, Career Compromise, and Natural Hair Bias in the Workplace. The Career Development Quarterly.

Davis, T., Baptiste, D. (In Press). Appearance Prejudice and Discrimination Against Black Women. In Baptiste and Gooden (Eds.), Psychotherapy with Black Women. Cambridge Universiy Press.

Fulmer, R., Davis, T., Costello, C., & Joerin, A. (2021). The Ethics of Psychological Artificial Intelligence: Clinical Considerations. Counseling and Values, 66, 131-144.

Davis, T. (2016). The Economics of Developing Resilience with Families in Need. In Edwards, Young, and Nikels (Eds.), A Strengths Based Approach – Handbook of Strengths – Based Clinical Practices: Finding Common Factors (pp. 97-198). Routledge.


Davis, T. & Colburn Neuer, A.A. (2022, February). Ethical Aspects of Tiered Supervision. Presentation at the Law and Ethics in Counseling National Conference, University of Holy Cross, New Orleans, CO.

Summers, L., Davis, T., & Kosovac, B (2020, September). Hair We Grow Again!
Upward Mobility, Career Compromise, and Natural Hair Bias in the Workplace [Conference Workshop – an NCDA-funded study]. Black Mental Health Symposium (BMHS) Conference, Atlanta, GA (presented via Hopin platform).

Davis, T. (2019, May). Racial Bias, Power & Privilege: A Look at Clinical Supervisory Relationships and the Live Experiences of Supervisees of Color. Presentation at the Canada Counseling Psychological Association (CCPA)/International Association of Counseling (IAC) Conference, Moncton, Canada.

Fulmer, R., Davis, T., & Pisani, L. (2018, September). Psychological Artificial Intelligence: The Future of Counseling. Presentation at the International Association of Counseling (IAC) Conference, Rome, Italy.

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