Prior to joining IWU, Dr. Owens was an assistant professor and program coordinator for school counseling at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Her research interests include: urban education and school reform, school and multicultural counseling and emotional/social development of Black girls'/women. Outside of IWU, she has served as president of North Central ACES (NCACES), director of multi-cultural professional interest group (ICA) and involved with the Counselors for Social Justice organization. She enjoys nature walks, travel and reading.
Owens earned her bachelor's degree, from Ferris State University; her master's from the Central Michigan University; and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University.
Owens, D., Goldsmith, S. Bryant, R.M. & Bounds, P. (in press). Giftedness and Black Girlhood. In T. Grantham, MFT, Scott & D. Harmon (Eds.). Desegregated Schools, Segregated Minds. Waco, TX: Prufrock, Press.
Henfield, M. S., Owens, D., & Grantham, T. C. (in press). Recruiting and retaining gifted education middle school students: Implications for school counselors. The Internationalization of Black Education Journal: Leading, Teaching, and Transforming Education.
Bryant, R.M.,Knighton, T. & Owens, D. (in press) Social Justice. In B.T. Erford & R. Byrd (Eds). Applying Techniques to Common Encounters in School Counseling. A Case-Based Approach. Columbus, OH: Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall.
Owens, D., Bryant, R.M. & Thomas, D. (in press). Social and cultural issues affecting African American female adolescents. In E. Zamani-Gallagher & V. C. Polite (Eds.), African American Females: Addressing Challenges and Nurturing the Future. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.
Owens, D., Simmons, R., Bryant, R.M., & Henfield, M. (2011). Urban African-American males’ perceptions of school counseling services. Urban Education. 46(2), 165-177.
Pernice-Duca, F., & Owens, D. (2010). Racial/ethnic socialization messages, social support and personal efficacy among adolescents. Mid-Western Educational Researcher 23(4), 35-44.
Moore, J.L., & Owens, D. (2008). Educating and counseling African- American students: Recommendations for teachers and school counselors. In L. Tillman & G. Cartledge (Eds.), Educating African Americans (pp. 351-366). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.