Daniel Gutierrez

Vera W. Barkley Associate Professor

Office: 3070
Phone: (757) 221-1824
Email: [[dgutierrez]]
Areas of Expertise: Addictions Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Spirituality in Counseling


Daniel Gutierrez is an associate professor in the Counselor Education program at William & Mary, the Co-Director of the Thrive Research and Intervention Centerthe coordinator of the addictions emphasis for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, and the faculty director of the New Leaf Clinic. He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor.

The current focus of his research is on questions related to how individuals recover from significant life challenges and chronic stress. He is especially interested in the process of thriving after adversity that results in increased motivation towards meaningful, value-based, compassionate, and prosocial behavior. This line of questioning builds on his previous work in mental health and substance use disorder treatment and prevention, which has looked at individual and community thriving through various studies on improving access to effective counseling services, counseling outcome research, and developing the evidence-base for interventions. Dr. Gutierrez also has a special interest in examining the influence of spirituality, contemplative practices, and related existential factors (e.g., meaning in life, hope, purpose) on mental health and addiction recovery, which he believes is also significant in thriving.

Dr. Gutierrez has held numerous positions in service to the profession. He has been appointed to several editorial boards, including serving as the Associate Editor for quantitative research for the Journal of Counseling & Development, the flagship journal of the American Counseling Association, and the Associate Editor of Theory and Practice for the peer-reviewed journal Counseling and Values. He is the President-Elect for the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, and the Co-Chair of the Human Rights Committee for the American Counseling Association. His work has been profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered and has received funding from various foundations.


Ph.D. in Counselor Education, University of Central Florida, 2014 
M.A. in Mental Health Counseling, University of Central Florida, 2009 
B.A. in Psychology, University of Central Florida, 2005

Selected Publications

Gutierrez, D. (2019). Spiritus contra spiritum: Addition, hope, and the search for meaning. Journal of Spirituality in Clinical Practice. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/scp0000201

Gutierrez, D., Revens, K. E, & DeHaven M. J. (2019). The Development of a community counseling training clinic for Latino immigrants. Collaborations: Journal of Community Based Research in Practice. 20,1-15. https://doi.org/10.33596/coll.26

Gutierrez, D., Carlson, R., Daire, A. P., & Young, M. E. (2017). Evaluating treatment
outcomes using the integrative model for brief couples counseling. The Family Journal, 25, 5-12. doi:10.1177/1066480716678619.

Gutierrez, D., Conley, A. H., & Young, M.E. (2016). The effect of jyoti meditation on student counselors' stress and emotional intelligence: A randomized controlled trial. Counselor Education and Supervision. 55, 109-121.

Gutierrez, D., Barden, S.M., Gonzalez, J., & Ali, S. (2016). Perspectiva masculina: An exploration of intimate partners of Latina breast cancer survivors. The Family Journal. 24, 222-229. doi: 10.1177/1066480716648690

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