Daniel Blash, PhD
Daniel Blash, PhD, began his work in diversity and inclusion when it was called multiculturalism. The passion for this challenging work was born from personal experiences and a desire to speak up on the behalf of others. His work in diversity has spanned student, staff, faculty and administrative groups.
Blash holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, a masters in counseling and a PhD in marriage and family therapy. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), National Board Certified Counselor (NCC) and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS).
A long-time St. Louis resident, Blash is an experienced educator with a proven track record of advocacy in diversity and inclusion. He has worked as a counseling professor for nearly two decades prior to his current position at Washington University School of Medicine. His doctoral research focused on the role of religion and spirituality among underrepresented minorities in the academic environment.
He was the writer and/or co-writer of two successful grant initiatives that resulted in three diversity and inclusion programs targeting underrepresented minority students. His research and grant writing efforts have led to an extensive network of clergy-directed initiatives focused on facilitating tolerance among students, staff, faculty and administrators on and off campus.
His community involvements are extensive. He is the founder of Blash Counseling Associates, one of the leading counseling agencies in the inner city of Old North St. Louis, which bridges the gap between mental health and some of St. Louis’ underrepresented minority communities. Additionally, the agency provides free backpacks and school supplies to over 100 underprivileged children in the Old North St. Louis school district and funds a free weekly tutoring program for grades K-12.
Blash has given educational lectures and presentations in over 30 states and 5 countries, including Accra, Ghana (West Africa); Okinawa, Japan; Wiesbaden, Germany; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic. A recent presentation in Sacramento, CA, focused on post-traumatic stress disorder and the neuropsychology of peace.
A decorated combat veteran of the U.S. Army, he enjoys traveling to military bases around the world, particularly those in Germany. Blash also is very active in the St. Louis deaf community. He speaks conversational German and American Sign Language.