Danielle Thompson-Ochoa, Ph.D., N.C.C., N.C.S.C.

Associate Professor
Department of Counseling

Danielle Thompson-Ochoa

Phone Numbers

202-759-5602 (VP)




Fowler Hall 116

Prior to arriving at Gallaudet University, I was a former a School Counselor for Pre-K to Grade 12 in Honolulu, Hawai’i. I pursued my Ph.D. while working as a school counselor.  I am a National Certified School Counselor (NCSC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC).  I also have K-12 School Counselor license in Virginia, Maryland and Hawai’i. 

I am a native of Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago) in the West Indies and relocated to United States of America at the age of 17 for college.  I am a proud mom of two CODA kids!  

What I love about my department, (Department of Counseling): teaching/ watching her students succeed in becoming phenomenal Counselors.

When I have a quiet moment, I enjoy scrapbooking, watching comedy movies, and baking gluten free cupcakes. 

I also love playing board games with my kids and friends. My favourite board games are monopoly and scrabble.

I love to travel, I have a bucket list I plan to complete before I reach 100 years old!

My favourite food is anything International (French, Caribbean, Italian, East Indian, etc.) . If I could go eat at a restaurant everyday, it would be Tamarind of Mayfair (https://www.tamarindrestaurant.com/) in London and Chaud of Trinidad (https://www.opentable.com/r/chaud-st-anns?cmpid=poi_page_referral&corrid=9d42b083-98bc-4b28-bc21-00d5da6934d8)

  • 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.

Courses typically taught are:

  • Orientation to the Profession of School Counseling
  • Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
  • 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:

  • Senate - Member at Large
  • PNG Committee
  • Title XI Committee
  • 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)
  • 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.



800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002