Dan Li

Assistant Professor
Dan Li

Counseling and Higher Education

Ph.D. 2018, The University of Iowa
Welch Street Complex 2 - 112


Dan Li is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at the University of North Texas. She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (with a Minor in Applied Statistics) from the University of Iowa in 2018. She also holds a master’s degree in Professional School Counseling from Appalachian State University, which she obtained in 2014. Li is a National Certified Counselor and holds a license as a Professional School Counselor (NC).

Li’s overarching research agenda focuses on preparing counselors to enhance the total health and well-being of individuals across the lifespan while reducing mental health disparities in marginalized communities. This agenda comprises three main areas of inquiry: (a) relational dynamics of clinical supervision, (b) experiences of minoritized students and faculty in counseling, and (c) online teaching and learning in counseling.

Li is an interdisciplinary scholar who employs a versatile range of research methods, incorporating both innovative and traditional approaches. These methods include quantitative (e.g., Markov chain analysis, sequential analysis, structural equation modeling, meta-analysis, moderation, mediation, moderated mediation, hierarchical regression), qualitative (e.g., phenomenology, a hybrid approach of deductive and inductive thematic analysis), and mixed methods (e.g., case study, content analysis).

These scholarly endeavors have yielded significant outcomes, including over 25 peer-reviewed publications, 1 external grant (as a Co-PI for a $3.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education aimed at training school counselors and school-based mental health counselors to serve culturally and linguistically diverse student communities), 2 professional grants (as the sole PI), 1 internal grant (as the sole PI), the 2022 Publication in Counselor Education and Supervision Award (presented annually at the national level to one awardee), and the 2021 UNT College of Education Junior Faculty Research Award.