Erika Nash Cameron

Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D., University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • M.Ed., University of Hawaii
  • B.S., Bradley University

Dr. Erika Nash Cameron, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, has been an Assistant Professor in the Counseling program since August 2009 after receiving her doctorate in Counselor Education from University of Missouri, St. Louis. She holds a M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Hawaii and a B.S. in Graphic Design from Bradley University where she was a Division I volleyball player. Before becoming a counselor, Dr. Nash Cameron worked as an Assistant Volleyball Coach at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for two years.  

Dr. Nash Cameron has worked as a mental health, school and private practice counselor with a variety of clients but she specializes in work with children using expressive counseling practices (such as Play Therapy and Art in Counseling). Dr. Nash Cameron has worked as a teacher, counselor, and clinical supervisor in a variety of settings including a primary, middle, and secondary school, university, mental health center, residential facility, and community agency.  Prior to teaching at University of San Diego, Dr. Nash Cameron taught courses at University of Missouri, St. Louis and the University of Hawaii, Manoa.  At USD, Dr. Nash Cameron teaches a variety of master’s level courses, including Multicultural Counseling (COUN 515), Professional Orientation (COUN 503), Ethical and Legal Issues in Schools (COUN 506), Children and Youth in School Settings (COUN 536), and Applied Techniques in School Counseling (COUN 537).

Dr. Nash Cameron is an active counselor educator, enjoys learning and teaching in creative and innovative ways. Dr. Nash Cameron's research interests include qualitative research methods, multicultural issues in counselor preparation, school counselor professional development, individual psychology, and Sandtray Therapy. Dr. Nash Cameron presents at state, regional, national and international professional conferences and enjoys presenting with graduate students. She believes in supporting professional organizations because they champion our developmental and professional needs. She is an active member for the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and American School Counseling Association. Dr. Nash Cameron is also faculty co-advisor of the Sigma Delta Chapter of the Chi Sigma Iota International counseling honor society and the coordinator of the San Diego Counseling Institute (SDCI).  SDCI focuses on providing professional development opportunities for counselors and graduate students through workshops, seminars, and graduate courses.  Dr. Nash Cameron holds several advanced credentials such as certification and licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Advanced Clinical Supervisor, National Certified Counselor, and School Counselor Credential. In 2009, Dr. Nash Cameron was nominated for and received the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award by the University of Missouri – St. Louis college of Education and Dr. Nash Cameron was named the 2008 Ross Trust Scholar by the American Counseling Association.