Davidson named director, student counseling services

Dr. Joyce Davidson

Dr. Joyce Davidson

Dr. Joyce Davidson, interim director of student counseling service (SCS) has been named director, effective June 1, 2017. 

Dr. Davidson has over 25 years of experience in clinical and administrative roles within university counseling centers. At SCS Dr. Davidson will oversee the strategic, clinical, fiscal, and administrative operations for Student Counseling. Dr. Davidson will report to the assistant vice president for student health services and will assure that SCS is in compliance with all legal and ethical requirements for a mental health agency.

“Joyce has been an intensely supportive leader and fierce advocate for both the SCS staff and our students at Iowa State,” said senior vice president for student affairs Martino Harmon. “When it comes to students’ well-being, she understands the collaboration and resources required to ensure that our students are getting the support and services they need. Student well-being is a priority for the division and SCS is a critical component of health and wellness at Iowa State. I am confident that through Joyce’s leadership, SCS  will continue their excellent work of bringing comprehensive and timely mental health services to our students.”

Dr. Davidson began her career at Iowa State in 2003 as SCS’s associate director. Her primary responsibilities were to oversee the clinical program and to assist the director of SCS. Before Iowa State, Dr. Davidson was on the counseling leadership team at the University of Kansas as the director of training and staff psychologist.

“I am very honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead the Student Counseling Service into the future with a vision for expanded services, greater collaboration with students, staff and faculty at ISU, and a place where everyone knows they are welcome here,” Davidson said.

Dr. Davidson is a licensed Psychologist in Iowa. She received her master’s degree in counseling psychology at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and her doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of Kansas.