Tonya Davis

Core Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Tonya Davis, PhD, LCPC, is a core faculty member at Walden University, counselor education, clinical supervisor, and author. Davis is also a DEIJ workshop facilitator and wellness consultant.

Dr. Davis received her (PhD) in Counselor Education and Supervision and her Master of Science (MS) is in Clinical Mental Health both from CACREP accredited programs.

Research and scholarship interests include Unconscious/Implicit, and Racial Bias, Appearance Bias, The Clinical Supervisory Relationship, Familial Resilience, Crisis and Trauma, Familial Systems, Couples, Family Therapy, and Social Justice.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Davis has worked in an alcohol, drug, and addiction treatment facility, on-call crisis intervention and stabilization agency serving area hospitals and has served as a mental health clinician within a group practice for over fifteen years.

Dr. Davis has direct professional counseling experience working with adults, children, adolescence, couples, individuals, and families.


PhD, Northern Illinois University

MS, Northern Illinois University

BA, Northern Illinois University

Public Service

Editorial Board Member of Journal of Mental Health Counseling , Member -

Superintendent Advisory Counsil Group District 308, Committee Member -

Awards / Honors

Faculty Excellence Award, Walden University, 2024


Davis, T. (2023). Appearance Prejudice and Discrimination Against Black Women.

, Davis, T. (2022). Hair we grow again: Upward mobility, career compromise, and natural hair bias in the workplace. Career Development Quarterly

Davis, T. (2022). Seeking and receiving culturally responsive supervision.

Davis, T. (2017). The Economics of Developing Resilience with Families in Need.

, Davis, T. (2021). The Ethics of Psychological Artificial Intelligence: Clinical Considerations. . Counseling and Values, 66


, Davis, T. (2019). Artificial intelligence: Promise, Bias, and Cultural Considerations for Counselor Education. ACES

Davis, T. (2023). Black Mental Health: Empowered and Equipped . Waubonsee Community College

, Davis, T. (2012). Buy One, Get Three Free! Learning, Teaching, and Supervision All in a Night's Work. NCACES

, Davis, T. (2022). Clarity, Community, and Connection: Post Pandemic Transitions. Illinois Counseling Association (ICA)

Davis, T. (2019). Clinical Supervisory Relationships and the Lived Experiences of Supervisees of Color. CCPA and IAC

, Davis, T. (2014). Empowering African American Males: The Role of Counselor Educators. NCACES

Davis, T. (2022). Ethical Aspects of Tiered Supervision. Law and Ethics in Counseling

, , , Davis, T. (2014). Intentional Community: Relational Cultural Theory in Doctorate Programs.

, Davis, T. (2022). Juneteenth Recognition - The Narrative of Prince Mortimer: Theoretical and clinical applications, learning about our past, and planning for our future. Counseling@Northwestern

, Davis, T. (2018). Psychological Artificial Intelligence: The Future of Counseling . International Association of Counseling (IAC)

Davis, T. (2018). Racial Bias within Clinical Supervisory Relationships: Experiences of Supervisees of Color. SACES

, Davis, T. (2013). WHAT did you say?!?: Navigating Tension in Multicultural Courses. ACES