Dannel has been in the field for eighteen years, eleven years post-masters. She attended Boston College and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She earned her master’s degree in advanced generalist social work from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. After graduate school, Dannel was recruited to work in London for two years on gang prevention efforts. She has been a therapist in incarceration units, residential schools, and general education schools in the public and private sector. She pursues knowledge in learning differences, ADHD/ADD, adolescents, young adults, divorce, LGBTQ, school difficulties, school avoidance, anxiety, and self-harm. She has special training in bullying prevention, gang prevention, and sexual abuse prevention.