Dr. Latoya Smalls is a contributing faculty member at Walden University. She holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. Her research study focused on the significance between weight loss surgery and the correlation with transfer addiction and risky behavior resulting from weight loss surgery. At Walden, Professor Smalls teaches the Crisis, Trauma, and Response course and Multicultural Counseling. 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. Dr. Smalls has a wealth of experience working with individuals who have experienced trauma, traumatic loss. Dr. 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.