Patrick E. McDaniel, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professional Track

Madla 340
Phone: 210-784-2593
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Patrick McDaniel is currently an Associate Professional Track Professor at Texas A&M University-San Antonio.  He received his Ph.D. from St. Mary’s University in Counseling Education and Supervision, with a minor in Business Administration. He also earned his M.A. from St. Mary’s with a dual concentration in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counseling.  Prior to this, he attended the University of Texas San Antonio where he earned his B.A. in Psychology focusing on Health Psychology and Perception.  He had a 24-year nonprofit career serving youth and families facing economic and educational barriers to success.   His greatest clinical focus was serving adolescents while utilizing Challenge Course Technology and Experiential Therapy.  During this time in the nonprofit sector, he also served as the Director of Human Resources for Communities in Schools-SA.   His experience in higher education includes 19 years of teaching in both public and private institutions.  He has taught undergraduate and graduate curriculum in non-profit administration, psychology, and counseling.


  • Research Interests
    • Social, Educational, and Emotional Implications Associated with At-Risk Youth
    • Experiential Therapy/ Education
    • Existential Approach to Student Engagement
    • Development and Evaluation of Social Programs
    • Substance Abuse Prevention and Education

  • Courses
    • Counseling Theories
    • Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling
    • Abnormal Human Behavior
    • Techniques of Group Counseling
    • Counseling Techniques
    • Special Problems in Guidance and Counseling – Experiential Therapy

  • Awards/Grants
    • McDaniel, P.E. (2005). SBC foundation. Development of training facilities for social service professionals. Awarded $7,000
    • McDaniel, P.E. (2005). Goldsberry Foundation. Therapy services to at-risk youth through experiential therapies. Awarded $15,000
    • McDaniel, P.E. (2002). Valero Corporation. Construction of ROPES course to serve at-risk youth as part of the Baptist Southwest Non-Profit Center. Awarded $38,000
    • McDaniel, P.E. (2000).  Microsoft Corporation. Educational software. Awarded $48,000
    • McDaniel, P.E. (1992). Charity Ball. Construction of ROPES course to serve at-risk youth. Awarded $15,000