Dr. Dannie Harris


Place of Employment:    Western State Hospital


Role with Internship:      Supervisor, Admissions Program Director


Dannie S. Harris received her M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology at Austin Peay State University, in 2000.  She then completed her M.A.Ed. overseas in Germany, and when she returned state side she completed her Ed.S. in Guidance and Counseling at Austin Peay State University in 2006.  She earned her doctoral degree from Fielding Graduate University in 2017.  Her dissertation assessed how adaptive schemas effect the relationship between coping self-efficacy and posttraumatic stress.


Her theoretical orientation is Cognitive-Behavioral, with a strong focus on schema functioning and development. She has completed trainings for Prolonged Exposure and CBT for Psychosis. She has worked in the education system and with a residential dual diagnosis substance abuse treatment center.  She completed clinical training at various settings and populations, to include outpatient mental health, acute inpatient, active duty military, and in neuropsychological assessment. Prior to her internship, she also worked with the geriatric population, conducting individual therapy and dementia assessments. Clinically she most enjoys assessment and working with individuals with severe and persist mental illness.  Her supervisory style is developmental, with specific goals of progressing towards independence.  She prefers students who have a strong work ethic, ask questions, share their thoughts, and who view supervision as a learning experience.


When she is not at work, she is likely with her family, her husband, two daughters, and two German Shepherds. She is a diehard Chicago Cubs fan and believes German Shepherds are the key to happiness.


Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.   –Henry Ford