Hi, I'm Dannielle Whiley,

and I'm a Psychologist.

I'm an advanced PhD student in Psychology

at the University of Washington.

Mission Statements


As a Black West Indian immigrant and first-generation student, I am motivated to increase the visibility of higher education as an option for minoritized students.

I am further committed to increasing the viability of student success in graduate programs by intentionally considering the impact of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in my teaching, mentorship, and consultation on course syllabi.

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I am motivated by the need to increase the relevance of and access to mental health care for Black families in ways that both acknowledge systemic inequalities and honor cultural strengths.

I am committed to supporting children, adolescents and caregivers through evidence-based treatments for issues relating to anxiety, depression, trauma, racialized stress and emotion dysregulation.

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My research explores how generational trauma impacts Black maternal health and how healthy emotion regulation strategies might protect infant development by supporting sensitive parenting.

My current research project, NEW Parents Connect, focuses specifically on the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based parenting program for first-time, low-income parents.

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In Progress

What I'm Reading

Reading has always brought me so much pleasure. When the heavy load of required grad school reading threatened to interrupt that enjoyment, I committed to a practice of reading for the joy of it. I was inspired by social psychologist Chelsea Johnson, PhD to share a selection of those reads with you here!

Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi

The Mothers, Brit Bennett

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy



  • You Made a Fool of Death, Akwaeke Emezi
  • PET, Akwaeke Emezi
  • Bitter, Akwaeke Emezi
  • Opposite House, Helen Oyeyemi
  • The Last Wish, Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Parable of the Talents, Olivia Butler
  • Revolutionary Mothering, Alexis Pauline Gumbs
  • Bridgerton Collection, Julia Quinn
  • Gingerbread, Helen Oyeyemi
  • Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir, Akwaeke Emezi
  • Parable of the Sower, Olivia Butler
  • The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Wise Man's Fear, Patrick Rothfuss
  • Be Here Now, Ram Dass
  • You Are Here, Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire


  • wow, no thank you, Samantha Irby
  • Solutions and Other Problems, Allie Brosh
  • My Sister, the Serial Killer, Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett
  • How We Get Free, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle, Angela Y. Davis
  • The Empathy Exams, Leslie Jamison
  • Hood Feminism, Mikki Kendall
  • Real Happiness, Sharon Salzberg
  • Killing the Black Body, Dorothy Roberts