Faculty Profile

Daphne Washington

Associate Professor

Graduate Counseling


Dr. Daphne Washington earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology and a minor in Child Psychology. She also earned a M.S. in Counseling with a specialization in School Guidance and Counseling and a M.A. in Biblical Counseling. She has served numerous Christian schools of higher education as an online counselor educator for over 15 years, and first joined the IWU Division of Graduate Counseling in 2019 as an adjunct prior to transitioning to full-time faculty in July 2023.

Dr. Washington has provided counseling services in various settings, including: an alternative school for at-risk youth, university counseling centers, a crisis counseling hotline, pastoral and Christian counseling agencies, and most recently in private practice as a tele-health counselor. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, as well as a life member of Chi Sigma Iota, the Counseling Honor Society. She is an approved clinical supervisor for licensed graduate professional counselors as well as a licensed psychologist in the State of Maryland, a licensed professional counselor in the State of Arizona, and a Nationally Certified Counselor.  She is also a Board Certified Coach, Certified Professional Christian Life Coach, and Certified Positive Psychology Coach.  Dr. Washington is the published author of the poetry book, A Christian’s Book of Haiku. She resides in Maryland with her husband Joseph, and their three children, Joseph IV (JoJo), Jadon and Jada.

  • Self-care and wellness
  • Integration of Christian faith and clinical practice
  • Consumer advocacy
  • Multicultural competence
  • Self-coaching
  • Spiritual formation
Educational Psychology

University of Minnesota, 2008


Johns Hopkins University, 1997


University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1995