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 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.  For the past 24 years, Ms. Davis has worked in a number of social work arenas, such as, medical social work, mental health, and private practice.  Currently, Ms. Davis is on staff as The BSW Program Director at Andrews University, Michigan.  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.  Ms. Davis did her teaching internship in the MSW program at Indiana University.  In addition to direct service and teaching, Ms. Davis has developed a series of workshops utilizing three suitcases:  The Journey, Fruit of the Spirit, and Marriage.  The suitcases comprise teaching tools to maximize personal growth.  She has conducted workshops at churches, universities, and organizations.  Ms. Davis has presented at social work conferences and church conferences.  Presently, Ms. Davis is working on completing her doctorate in Educational Psychology where she will focus on the coping stategies of nontraditional female students in higher education.  Ms. Davis' research interests include coping strategies and domestic violence.

Current Research or Professional Activities

Selected Publications:

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:

Davis, D. (2017, November). Thinking outside the box reaching inner city children. National Association of Christian Social Workers Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Davis, D. (2015, May).  Coping Strategies of Nontraditional Female Students.  Andrews Research Conference-Early Career Researchers in the Social Sciences in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
Davis, D. (2017, November). Thinking outside the box reaching inner city children. National Association of Christian Social Workers Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Davis, D. (2014, November).  Coping Strategies for Nontraditional Female Students in Higher Education.  National Association of Christian Social Workers Convention in Annapolis, Maryland.

Davis, D. (2013, October).  Teaching fundamentals of faith & spirituality to social work students.  National Association of Christian Social Workers Convention, Atlanta, Georgia.

Davis, D. (2013, August).  All in the Family:  The Kinship Option.  Child Welfare In-Service Training for the Michigan Department of human Services and DHS-Contracted Private Agencies.

Davis, D. (2013, July).  Coping strategies for stressed-filled women.  Adventist Conference on Family Research & Practice, Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Davis, O. & Davis, D. (2004, February).  Understanding and Working with African-American Men, Women, and Children: First Annual Minority Conference.  Can you hear me now?  Sponsored by the Bonhomie Counseling Group & Indiana University South Bend MSW Program.  South Bend, Indiana.

Davis, O. & Davis, D. (2001, June).  Climbing the Mountain of Life:  Twelve Steps to Having Quality Relationships in African-American Families.  Presented at the National Association of Black Social Workers (Indiana Chapter), Indianapolis, Indiana.