Dr. Diane Reese

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Phone: 202-884-9578
Office: Main 386


  • B.S., Criminal Justice, Savannah State University
  • M.A., Management, Webster University
  • M.A., School Counseling, George Washington University
  • Ph.D., Counseling, George Washington University


  • Attachment quality, parental monitoring, and peer relations as predictors of risky behavior among ethnic minority youth
  • Adolescent female leadership development and achievement
  • Human trafficking/domestic minor sex trafficking
  • Social justice practices in school counseling


  • Elected to American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Board of Directors (2017-2019)
  • Member, American School Counselor Association
  • Member, Virginia School Counselor Association
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • National Certified School Counselor (NCSC)


  • 2009 American School Counselor Association (ASCA) School Counselor of the Year Finalist
  • 2009 Virginia Senate Joint Resolution, No. 476 (introduced by Senator Patsy Ticer) (being Virginia first finalist)
  • 2009 Salute to Women- Youth Services Community Award Winner Alexandria Commission for Women
  • 2009 Professional of the Year Award, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women Clubs, Washington, DC Chapter
  • 2008 Interdisciplinary Fellow, The George Washington University


My teaching philosophy focuses on motivating students to develop their own learning interests and critical thinking to establish a learner-centered environment in the classroom. Being aware of the needs and interests of a culturally and ethnically diverse student body, I prepare lessons/discussion plans that focus on the interconnection between the student’s own knowledge, culture and learning abilities, the subject matter discussed in class, and trending discussions on social issues and best practices in the profession. The learning environment includes content and activities that are both significant and challenging for the students so that they are stimulated to think “beyond” their comfort zone, feel involved in their own learning process and encourage students to make connections between the relative field of study and other disciplines as well as begin the process of developing their professional identities. Collaborative learning is also central to my teaching philosophy in order to promote reflective thinking and improve the students’ capacity to brainstorm and share with each other in the learning process.