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Dr. Angel Daniels
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Contact Information

Ballston 807
(703) 526-6807

Academic Credentials

B.S., Santa Clara University
M.A., Marymount University
Ph.D., Palo Alto University, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology
Teaching Areas:
  • Psychology of Criminal Behavior
  • Foundations in Forensic Psychology
 
Professional Interests:
  • Prostitution and Human Trafficking
  • Sexual Exploitation and Child Pornography
  • Sexual Violence and Abuse
  • Trauma
 
Dr. Angel Daniels received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2001 from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California.  She was particularly interested in abnormal psychology, criminal behavior, and collective action.  She worked for several years in a nonprofit organization with at-risk teenagers, and eventually moved to Northern Virginia to work with an educational organization.

During this time, Dr. Daniels became aware of the rapidly growing issue of human trafficking and sexual slavery, and in 2005 decided to pursue a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology at Marymount University in order to better understand what drives those profiting from and patronizing the human trafficking industry, and how it affects those victimized by it.

Dr. Daniels went on to earn a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from Palo Alto University, in California, when it became clear to her that the field of psychology was desperately in need of clinicians who could provide accurate research and develop appropriate aftercare programs for survivors of sexual exploitation. She was actively involved in research working with prostituted adolescents, seriously mentally ill inmates in state prison, prostituted and trafficked women, and men who buy sex. Her doctoral dissertation explored the psychology of men who buy sex, and their attitudes toward the women they buy.

Dr. Daniels has traveled to Cambodia in order to study the aftercare programs available to trafficking victims, and organized a research trip to Uganda in order to gain more knowledge on the issues of exploitation and sexual violence there.  She hopes to continue research both internationally and in the United States in order to inform prevention, intervention, and recovery programs for those involved with sexual exploitation.

As an assistant professor at Marymount, she continues her clinical work part-time, providing therapy to survivors of trauma.  She lives in Northern Virginia and travels as much as possible.