Professor Latoya Smalls is a contributing faculty member at Walden University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (ABD) all but dissertation. She has completed all of the academic coursework and is completing her capstone research study. She is currently working on her dissertation, which focuses on weight loss surgery and addiction transfer; her research study will highlight the significance between weight loss surgery and the correlation with depression and risky behavior resulting from weight loss surgery. At Walden, Professor Smalls teaches the Crisis, Trauma, and Response course. She currently holds a Master's degree in Counseling and works full time as a Mental Health Clinician working in Emergency Psychiatric Services, conducting psychiatric assessments for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. She also works in private practice providing individual Counseling for adults and adolescents. Professor Smalls has a wealth of experience working with individuals who have experienced trauma, traumatic loss. Professor Smalls is a Licensed Behavioral Specialist; she holds licensure and certifications in Counseling. She has worked in the mental health field for over 17 years.