Desiree Davis

Desiree Davis

Desiree Davis

Title: Associate Professor and BSW Program Director

Office Location: Nethery Hall room 013
Phone: (269) 471-6875


B.S.W, Oakwood College

M.S.W., The Ohio State University

PhD., Andrews University


Desiree Davis, PhD, MSW, LMSW, LCSW, ACSW, is an Associate Professor of Social Work.  She received her BSW degree from Oakwood College, her MSW degree from The Ohio State University, and a PhD degree in Educational Psychology from Andews University.  Dr. Davis has worked in a number of social work arenas, such as, medical social work, mental health, and private practice.  Currently, Dr. Davis is on faculty in the School of Social Work and serves as the BSW Program Director in the School of Social Work.  She has taught in the BSW program at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, and later in the MSW program at Indiana University School of Social Work in South Bend, Indiana. Dr. Davis has presented at social work conferences and church conferences.  Presently, Dr. Davis research interests include coping strategies, domestic violence, and women's issues.

Current Research or Professional Activities

Selected Publications:

Davis, Desiree. Life 101: A Spiritual Guide to Help You in the Classroom of Life. Amazon: Monee, IL 2023.

Davis, D. Dissertation: (2017). “The Coping Strategies of Non-Traditional Female Students in Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana”.

VanderWaal, C.J., Howell, M.D., Davis, D., & Opel, A.R. (December 2013/January 2014).  Yielding to temptation:  How should we deal with students who try alcohol or drugs?  Journal of Adventist Education.  76(2), 17-24.

Selected Presentations:

Desiree Davis, Alina Baltazar, Curtis VanderWaal & Shannon Trecartin. "Berrien County Access Network: Focus Group Evaluation." Adventist Human Subject Researches Association Annual Conference. Advent Health University, Orlando, FL, May 18-21, 2022.

Desiree Davis, Alina Baltazar, Curt VanderWaal, & Shannon Trecartin (2021 -2022). Berrien College Access Network Evaluation. United Way of Southwest Michigan.

Davis, D. (2021, August).  Ready or Not it is Time.  Taunton Coboverdion SDA Church in Boston, MA.

Davis, D. (2021, August). The Secrets to Successful Aging.  Linwood SDA Church in Kansas City, MO.

Davis, D. (2021, July).  Staying Healthy in a Marginalized Group.  Wellspring in Berrien Springs, MI.

Davis, D. (2021, July).  Coping in Difficult Times.  WJOU Radio Program in Hunstville, AL.

Davis, D.  (2021, May).  Impact of COVID-19 on Families.  One Buchanan in Buchanan, MI.

Davis, D.  (2021, March).  Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.  Child Advocacy Center in St. Joseph, MI.

Davis, D.  (2021, March).  Women's History Month.  Social Justice for Social Sciences Club in Berrien Springs, MI.

Davis, D.  (2021, February).  COVID-19 and Violence with Women.  The American Religious Townhall in Berrien Springs, MI.

Davis, D.  (2020, December).  How to Help Struggling Students.  Center for Teaching & Learning in Berrien Springs, MI.

Davis, D.  (2020, July).  Journey to Justice.  Michigan Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Educators in Berrien Springs, MI.

Davis, D.  (2019, May).  Thinking Outside The Box: Reaching Inner City Children.  7th Annual Adventist Human-Subjects Research Association Conference in Huntsville, AL.