Dakota King-White, Ph.D., LPC

Dakota King-White, Ph.D., LPC


Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Professional School Counselor

Area of Focus:

  • Counseling children and adolescents
  • Small group counseling that focuses on social and emotional learning 
  • Trauma-informed approaches when counseling children and adolescents 
  • Grief and loss


Ph.D., Counselor Education & Supervision, University of Toledo
M.A., Counseling,  Heidelberg University

Dakota’s Recent Articles

Professional Background

Dr. Dakota King-White has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Notre Dame College of Ohio, a Master of Arts in Counseling from Heidelberg University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Toledo.  She is currently an Assistant Professor in Counseling and the Program Coordinator of the School Counseling Program at Cleveland State University. Dr. King-White also serves as a research affiliate with the Center on Trauma and Adversity at Case Western Reserve University. She is a licensed professional counselor. As a counselor, she has designed and implemented curricula that have focused on improving the lives of children and adolescents psychologically, emotionally and academically.

Her broad area of research focuses on developing mental health models in systems from a trauma-informed lens. Dr. King-White has worked as a school counselor, mental health therapist, and an administrator in K-12 schools. Through the roles in the K-12 setting, she has helped organizations identify and develop mental health services and models to support children and adolescents academically, socially, and emotionally. For her research and achievements, she has been named one of Crain’s 40 under 40 in 2018. 

Dr. King-White is also a sought-after speaker who has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on various topics related to mental health and supporting clients from a trauma-informed lens. Speaking engagements include but are not limited to programs at The Ohio State University, Cleveland Clinic, Eaton Corporation, Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, Aspire Program at Hathaway Brown, All Ohio Counselors Association Conference, Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools, Warrensville City Schools, the American Counseling Association Conference, the International School Counseling Association and KCA University in Nairobi, Kenya.

Professional Affiliations

American Counseling Association
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated
Ohio School Counseling Association
Ohio Department of Education Whole Child Advisory Board, 2019-Present


King-White, D., Vega, S., & Petty, N. (2019). Five social, emotional and mental health supports that teens need to succeed. Counseling Today. Retrieved from https://ct.counseling.org/2019/09/five-social-emotional-and-mental-health-supports-that-teens-need-to-succeed/

King-White, D. (2018). Five strategies to develop mental health models in schools. Counseling Today, 60(9), 44-47.

King-White, D. (2018). Oh no! When a parent goes away. San Antonio, Texas: Halo Publishing International.

King-White, D. and Rogers, E. (2018). Strategies to promote self-care and a balanced-quality of life for adult practitioners in higher education, presented at Adult Higher Education Alliance Conference, Orlando, FL, 2018. Retrieved from https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED590245.pdf

King-White, D. & Kurt, L. (2019). The Role of School Counselors in the RTI Process at the Secondary Level. In P. Epler (3 rd Edition), Advanced Strategies and Models for Integrating RTI in Secondary Schools (pp. 78-88). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-8322-6

King-White, D. and Jeffries, S. (2019). An eight-session exploratory group model for children of incarcerated parents. School Social Work Journal, 43(2), 1-17.

King-White, D., Kurt, L. & Seck, M. (2019). A qualitative study of online school counselors’ ethical practices in K-12 schools. Journal of Counselor Practice, 10(1), 40-58.

King-White, D. L. (2019). The role of school counselors in supporting mental health models in schools. Journal of School Counseling, 17(4). Retrieved from

Gachigi Njoki, P., King-White, D., Kinai, T., & Kigen, E (2019). Assessing the Correlation Between Academic Self-Concept and Mathematics Achievement in Secondary Schools in Nairobi County, Kenya. Journal of Education and Learning, 8(3), 102-111.