Danielle Thompson-Ochoa, Ph.D.

Asst Prof/Assessment Coord
Counseling Department

Danielle Thompson-Ochoa

Phone Numbers

202-759-5602 (VP)




Fowler Hall 116

Danielle Thompson-Ochoa was a School Counselor for Pre-K to Grade 12 in Honolulu, Hawai’I while pursuing her Ph.D.  She is a National Certified School Counselor (NCSC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) as well, as having a K-12 School Counselor license in Virginia, Maryland and Hawai’i. 

Dr. Thompson-Ochoa is a native of Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago) in the West Indies. She relocated to United States of America at the age of 17 for college and each time she attempted to return home, an exciting opportunity presented itself and she decided to make USA her permanent home.  Currently she lives in Virginia with her husband and two children.  She loves her department, (Department of Counseling), Gallaudet University, and teaching/ watching her students succeed in becoming phenomenal Counselors.

When Dr. Thompson-Ochoa has a quiet moment, she enjoys scrapbooking, watching comedy movies and baking gluten free cupcakes.

  • Assessment Coordinator for Department of Counseling. Responsible for collecting data on program outcomes, such as, graduation rates, graduation retention, student population, etc.
  • Area of expertise is in school counseling and working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds in K-12. 
  • Assist Department of Counseling in a variety of other duties, besides teaching, such as, student orientation, etc.


NCC (National Certified Counselor), NCSC (National Certified School Counselor), Virginia Teacher's License for School Counselors, Maryland Teacher's License for School Counselors.

In progress: LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor for Washington, D.C.

Courses typically taught are:

  • Orientation to the Profession of School Counseling
  • Lifestyles and Career Development
  • Practicum in School Counseling
  • Internship I in School Counseling
  • Internship II in School Counseling

Other courses either teach or assist periodically are:

  • Special Topics (undergraduate): Family Dynamics
  • SimSoc - Simulated Society for Counselors
  • Foundation of Helping Skills - Videotape reviewer
  • PRAXIS reading preparation workshop

Current Committees:

  • LCCF (Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund) Committee, Secretary
  • Grievance for Faculty
  • Assessment Coordinator for Department of Counseling

Community Involvement

  • Cascade School for the Deaf, Trinidad, West Indies- volunteer/ consultant on education and counseling
  • Audrey Jeffers School for the Deaf, Trinidad, West indies - volunteer/consultant on education & counseling

Professional Organizations

  • ACA (American Counseling Association)
  • ASCA (American School Counselor Association)
  • AHEAD (Association of Higher Education and Disabilities)
  • Virginia School Counselor Association
  • National Counselors for the Deaf Association (NCDA)
  • ADARA (American Deafness And Rehabilitation Association)
  • ASDC (American Society for Deaf Children)
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)

Research interests include multicultural counseling competence, cultural identity development, college access counseling, accountability in school counseling programs, bullying in schools, workplace bullying, and wellness for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and youth.

Published works:

Understanding Deaf People in Counseling Contexts”, co-authored, Counseling Today Magazine, American Counseling Association (ACA), October 2013

“Deaf Cameron Station Resident Shares Communication Tips with the Deaf”. COMPASS Community Newsletter, Cameron Station, VA. May-June, 2017.  

Other articles and publications that have been submitted are currently awaiting final word on when it will be published. This information will be updated as soon as publication date has been announced.

Presentations (most recent, not full list)

  • Association on Higher Education And Disabilities (AHEAD) “Retaining Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students of Color in Higher Education Retention”, Orlando, FL (2017)
  • Cascade School for the Deaf – “Parenting with Grace, Overcoming Obstacles in Raising a Deaf Child in Trinidad and Tobago”, Cascade, Trinidad, West Indies (July, 2017)
  • University of Trinidad and Tobago “Social Emotional Learning for Deaf and Hard of Hearing English Language Learners in Trinidad and Tobago” Valsayn, Trinidad, West Indies (July, 2017) 
  • Tsukuba University, Technical Institute for the Deaf - “Leading a Successful Life After College.” Tokyo, Japan (2009)                                                         
  • Dissertation Defense Committee – “Identifying Successful Psycho-therapeutic Interventions with Children and Adolescents with Dual Diagnosis<


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002