Danielle R. Busby, PhD


  • Texas Medical Center



Phone: 832-822-1967

Contact Information

6621 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Assistant Professor

Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. PhD Doctor of Philosophy, APA-Accredited Clinical-Community Psychology Program 2016
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina internship Clinical Child Trauma Psychology Internship, Department of Psychiatry, APA-Accredited Pre-doctoral Clinical Psychology Internship Program 2016
The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. masters Master of Philosophy, APA-Accredited Clinical-Community Psychology Program 2014
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan bachelors Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; Minor: Afro and African American Studies 2010


Dr. Busby is an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital. In this role, she primarily serves youth and families through the Trauma and Grief Clinic and is in the early stages of developing a clinic specific to youth depression and suicide prevention. She has led and contributed to scholarly articles and research presentations on child trauma, youth suicide prevention, racial discrimination among Black youth, and the psychological effects of neighborhood stressors; such as, community violence exposure among African American adolescents.

Clinically, Dr. Busby’s expertise is in trauma-informed assessment and intervention; evidence-based clinical practices; and suicide risk assessment and intervention. She is passionate about decreasing barriers to mental health service use for underserved patient populations and is committed to continuously bridging the gap between research and clinical practice.

Clinical Interests:

· Adolescent suicide risk assessment and intervention

· Youth depression

· Trauma-informed assessment and interventions

· Underserved patient populations

Research Interests:

· Identification of effective interventions relevant for adolescents and emerging adults at risk for suicide, depression, and/or exposed to traumatic stressors

· Identification of barriers to mental health service use among youth at elevated risk for suicide and who experience trauma and/or grief

· Effects of traumatic and environmental stressors on psychological and academic outcomes for adolescents and emerging adults


Organization Name Role
American Association for Suicidology (AAS) Member
American Psychological Association (APA) Member
Black Mental Wellness; Virtual Platform (www.blackmentalwellness.com) Co-Founder

Selected Publications

Busby, D.R., Hatkevich, C., McGuire, T., & King, C.A. (2020). Evidence-Based Interventions for Youth Suicide Risk. Current Psychiatry Reports.

Busby, D.R., Horwitz, A., Zheng,K., Eisenberg, D., Albucher,R.C., Harper, G. Coryell,W., Pistorello, J., & King, C.A. (2020). Suicide risk among gender and sexual minority college students: The roles of victimization, discrimination, connectedness, and identity affirmation. Journal of Psychiatric Research.

Katz, C., Busby, D.R., & Hartley, C. (2020). Suicidal behaviors in child welfare involved youth: Examination of suicide-risk assessments and interventions. Child and Family Social Work.

Busby, D.R., Zheng,K., Eisenberg, D., Albucher,R.C., Favorite, T., Coryell,W., Pistorello, J., & King, C.A. (2019). Black college students at elevated risk for suicide: Barriers to mental health service utilization. Journal of American College Health.

Busby, D.R., King, C.A. Brent, D., Grupp-Phelan, J., Gould, M., Page, K., Casper, C., & the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) (2019). Adolescents’ engagement with crisis hotline risk-management services: A report from the Emergency Department Screen for Teen Suicide Risk (ED-STARS) Study. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.

King, C.A., Arango, A., Kramer, A., Busby, D.R., & Czyz, E., (2019). Effect of Youth-Nominated Support Team on 12-14 Year Mortality Outcomes of Suicidal Adolescents: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry.

Busby, D. R., Lambert, S. F., & Ialongo, N. S. (2013). Psychological symptoms linking exposure to community violence and academic functioning in African American adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence 42 (2), 250-262. doi:10.1007/s10964-012-9895-z.

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Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services (CHIPS) NIMH Fellowship Award

· National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-

Related Research Award

· University of Michigan Black Alumni (UMBA) Young Alumni Recognition Award,

“Five Under Ten” for co-founding of Black Mental Wellness virtual platform