Dr. Katherine Daly is a licensed psychologist (Florida and Maryland). She began her education in psychology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She then received her MA in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri, and PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Florida. Following her doctoral internship at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Daly began practicing psychology in Tennessee providing clinical services in an integrated primary care clinic. She was Assistant Director of Counseling Services at St. Mary’s College of Maryland from 2012-2014. In 2014, Dr. Daly joined the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and has since become the Director of Counseling & Wellness Services and Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences.

Dr. Daly has more than a decade of counseling experience. In addition, she has an active research program in health disparities and medical student wellness. She has primarily focused her clinical work in health settings, such as VA hospitals, community crisis centers, integrated primary care, and in student counseling and health centers. Dr. Daly is passionate about the integration of counseling and health and how improving one’s mental health and wellness ultimately improves physical health outcomes and quality of life. She enjoys working with clients around clinical issues such as maladaptive perfectionism, bereavement, chronic health issues, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety, burnout, and counseling to simply improve one’s life and relationships. Theoretically, she draws from Cognitive-Behavioral, Client-Centered, and Existential therapy approaches in her clinical work.

Dr. Daly is currently affiliated with the UCF College of Medicine Council for Diversity and Inclusion where she serves as Co-Chair and the UCF College of Medicine Physician Advising and Support System. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association.


Recent Publications and Presentations

Peer reviewed articles

  1. Mallinckrodt, B., Choi, G., & Daly, K.D. (2015). Pilot test of a measure to assess therapeutic distance and its association with client attachment, and corrective experience in therapy. Psychotherapy Research. DOI:1080/10503307.2014.928755
  2. Tucker, C. M., Butler, A., Kaye, L. B., Nolan, S. E. M., Flenar, D. J., Marsiske, M., Bragg, M., Hoover, E., & Daly, K.D. (2014), Impact of a culturally sensitive health self-empowerment workshop series on health behaviors/lifestyles, BMI, and blood pressure of culturally diverse overweight/obese adults. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine 8, 122-132. DOI
  3. Tucker, C.M., Lopez, M. T., Campbell, K., Marsiske, M., Daly, K.D., Nghiem, K., Rahim-Williams, B., & Jones, J. (2014), The effects of a culturally sensitive, empowerment-focused, community-based health promotion program on health outcomes of adults with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 25, 292-307. DOI
  4. Daly, K.D., Tucker, C.M., & Pyle, L.M. (2010). The psychology of celiac disease: Understanding the psychological challenges of celiac disease and strategies for overcoming these barriers. Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, 9(3), 10-12.
  5. Tucker, C.M., Daly, K.D., & Herman, K. (2010). Customized multicultural health counseling: Bridging the gap between mental and physical health for racial and ethnic minorities In J. Ponterotto, M. Casas, L. Suzuki, & C. Alexander (Eds.), Handbook of Multicultural Counseling, 3rd Edition. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.
  6. Daly, K.D. & Mallinckrodt, B. (2009). Experienced therapists’ approach to psychotherapy for clients with attachment avoidance or attachment anxiety. The Journal of Counseling Psychology, 56(4), 549-563.
  7. Mallinckrodt, B., Daly, K.D., & Wang, C.C. (2009). An attachment approach to adult psychotherapy. In J.H. Obegi & E. Berant (Eds.), Attachment Theory and Research in Clinical Work with Adults. New York, NY: Guilford.

Invited Presentations

  1. Daly, K. & Grabnickas, K. (2017, March). Design of a Customized Sleep Intervention for Medical Students. Southern College Health Association (SCHA) in Orlando, FL.
  2. Bishop, K. & Daly, K.D. (2014, November). The Use of Self-Guided Wellness Videos to Complement Therapy. A 60-minute breakout session at the Maryland Counseling Association (MCA) at Johns Hopkins University.
  3. Bishop, K. & Daly, K.D. (2013, September). Implementing a Wellness Mentor Program. A 90-minute presentation workshop offered at the American College Counseling Association (ACCA) conference in New Orleans, LA.

Education & Specialties

  • B.A., Psychology, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, MD
  • M.A., The University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Ph.D., The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


  • Counseling Psychology
  • Psychotherapy with Adults
  • Counseling Medical Students

Research Interests

  • Counseling in Health Settings
  • Impact of Attachment Security on Relationship Functioning in Adults
  • Use of Multicultural Counseling to Improve Physical Health Outcomes of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease and to Reduce Health Disparities
  • Health and Wellness Promotion Among Medical Students