Desiree Davis

Desiree Davis

Desiree Davis

Title: Associate Professor and BSW Program Director
MSW, LMSW, LCSW, PhD Candidate

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


B.S.W, Oakwood College

M.S.W., The Ohio State University


Desiree Davis, MSW, LMSW, LCSW is an Associate Professor of Social Work.  She received her BSW from Oakwood College in 1989 and her MSW from The Ohio State University in 1990.  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:

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

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