Dawnsha Mushonga, PhD is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), and an approved clinical supervisor (ACS). She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in School-Based Prevention and Intervention Science at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. She received her doctorate in Social Work from Morgan State University. She completed both her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology and Master’s in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy at Western Kentucky University. She has worked in the human services field for over ten years in various settings that have contributed to her extensive clinical experience. Her research interests are Children and Adolescents, Mental Health, Mentoring, Minorities and At-Risk Populations, and Social Justice. Her current work focuses on examining the dynamics and processes of peer relationships and mentoring outcomes, in addition to promoting positive mental health in minority populations to reduce health disparities.