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Eva Gibson

Eva Gibson

Assistant Professor

Psychological Science and Counseling

“I look forward to providing my students with more service-learning opportunities and connecting them to the resources, professionals, and experiences in the community.” Dr. Gibson on what she enjoys about her interactions with students
  • Ed.D., Counselor Supervision & Education, Argosy University
  • M.S., Psychology, Austin Peay State University
  • B.S., Psychology, Austin Peay State University

Dr. Gibson has more than 10 years of school counseling experience and has previously worked with adult mental health facilities, adolescent residential facilities, as well as the Department of Children Services. Prior to joining APSU, she has taught at Tennessee State University as well as Capella University.

Dr. Gibson has worked at the forefront of the state’s push to update the counseling model and standards to better align with national initiatives. She facilitated working sessions for Tennessee counselors to work on this collaboratively and presented on the progress at the state conference. Due to these efforts, the TN State Board of Education approved a full revision of the Comprehensive School Counseling Model of Practice and Student Standards on first reading on July 22, 2016. At the state level, Dr. Gibson served on the Tennessee School Counseling Advisory Committee for a number of years before rotating off. In addition to her role as a counselor and counselor educator, Dr. Gibson has served as the President for the Tennessee School Counselor Association as well as the President of the Tennessee Counseling Association. Dr. Gibson serves on the editorial board for the Professional School Counseling journal and has presented at state and national conferences. As a result of her work with TN school counselors, Dr. Gibson was the recipient of the Tennessee School Counselor of the year award (2017) as well as the Middle Tennessee Middle School Counselor of the Year award (2016). Dr. Gibson represented the state as ASCA’s “2017 Tennessee School Counselor of the Year” during a visit to the White House alongside First Lady Michelle Obama in her final public speech.

School counseling, African American students, cultural competency
  • Gibson, E. M., Thompson, J.M., Cook Sandifer, M. I., & Brant-Rajahn, S. N. (in press). A culturally affirming shared leadership framework. Professional School Counseling.

  • White, P.W., Gibson, E.M., & Fripp, J. A. (in press). Charting the Journey with a Community Approach. In A.A. Asare & M.D. Thompson (Eds.), (When) Will the Joy Come?: Black Womxn in the Ivory Tower. University of Massachusetts Press.

  • Gibson, E.M., Certion, C.B., & Aldridge, L.D. (in press). ASCA National Model. In M.A. Graham & C. Edwards (Eds.), Introduction to School Counseling. Springer Publishing Company.

  • Dickson, C., Foster, S., Fripp, J. A., & Gibson, E.M. (in press). Establishing a Culture of Prevention in Your Setting. In Flamez & A.S. Lenz (Eds.), Practical Approaches to Crisis and Trauma Counseling Settings: Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention. Routledge.

  • Cook Sandifer, M. I., Gibson, E. M., & Brant-Rajahn, S. N. (2022). Anti-racist andragogy in school counselor education and training. Dialogues in Social Justice: An Adult Education Journal, 7(1).  https://journals.charlotte.edu/dsj/article/view/1236/1220

  • Gibson, E.M., & Fripp, J. A. (2022). Program practices for cultivating antiracist counselors. In K. Johnson, N. Sparkman-Key, A. Meca, & S. Tarver (Eds.), Developing Anti-Racist Practices in the Helping Professions: Inclusive Theory, Pedagogy, and Application (pp. 197-224). Palgrave MacMillan. https://doi.org/1007/978-3-030-95451-2_11

  • Bedford, W., Gibson, E.M., & Cook Sandifer, M. (2022). Creating a beloved community for Black male students: A unified approach. In S. Brant-Rajahn, E. Gibson, & M. Cook Sandifer (Eds.), Developing, Delivering, and Sustaining School Counseling Practices Through a Culturally Affirming Lens (pp. 192-211). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-7998-9514-5.ch010

  • Brant-Rajahn, S. N., Gibson, E. M., & Sandifer, M. C. (Eds.) (2022). Developing, delivering, and sustaining school counseling practices through a culturally affirming lens. IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-7998-9514-5

  • Gibson, E.M., Cook Sandifer, M.I., Webb, T.E., & Cox, E. (2022). Transformative school counseling. In S. Brant-Rajahn, E. Gibson, & M. Cook Sandifer (Eds.), Developing, Delivering, and Sustaining School Counseling Practices Through a Culturally Affirming Lens (pp. 1-18). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-7998-9514-5.ch001

  • Sandifer, M. C.,Gibson, E. M., & Brant-Rajahn, S. N. (2022). WOKE: Advocacy for African American  In Research Anthology on Racial Equity, Identity, and Privilege (pp. 1365-1386). IGI Global.  https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-6684-4507-5.ch073. (Original work published 2021) 

  • Gibson, E. M. (2021, May). Creating a beloved community for our Black students. SchoolRubric, https://www.schoolrubric.com/creating-a-beloved-community-for-our-black-students/.

  • Gibson, E. M., Cook Sandifer, M. I., & Brant-Rajahn, S. N. (2021, March). Cultivating social change and wellness for Black students. Psychology in Motion, https://www.psychologyinmotionmagazine.com/magazine.

  • Gibson, E. M., & Fripp, J. A., Moore, C. R., Shepard, D. L. & Campbell, S. M. (2021). More than talking the talk: Counselor educators as models of anti-racist work. Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. http://www.saces.org/resources/Documents/Fall%202020%20Newsletter.pdf

  • Sandifer, M. C., Gibson, E. M., & Brant-Rajahn, S. N. (2021). WOKE: Advocacy for African American Students. In M. A. Rausch & L. L Gallo (Eds.), Strengthening School Counselor Advocacy and Practice for Important Populations and Difficult Topics (pp. 19-40). IGI Global. http://doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-7319-8.ch002

  • Jennings, L., & Gibson, E.M. (2020). Marriage, couples, and family therapy: Treating vocational issues systemically. In J. Hicks, B. Flamez, & M. Mayorga (Eds.), Career Counseling Theory, Practice, and Application (pp. 265-280). Cognella Academic Publishing

  • Cook Sandifer, M. I., & Gibson, E. M. (2020).  School counselors as social justice change agents: Addressing retention of African American males. Journal of School Counseling, 18(21).  http:/www.jsc.montana.edu/articles/v18n21.pdf  

  • Gibson, E.M., & Sandifer, M.C. (2020). It takes a village: Service learning as our social responsibility in higher education. In P. Blessinger & E. Sengupta (Eds.), Civil Society and Social Responsibility in Higher Education: International Perspectives on Curriculum and Teaching Development (pp. 93-108). International Higher Education Teaching and Learning. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2055-364120200000021008

  • Gibson, E. M. (2020). Supporting students and stakeholders through COVID-19 [Issue Brief]. American Counseling Association, School Counselor Connection. https://www.counseling.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/supportingstudentscovid_scconnection-(1).pdf?sfvrsn=f056212c_0

  • Shepard, D., & Gibson, E.M. (2020, February). Cultivating social class awareness in the counseling profession. Counseling Today, 62(8), 40-44.

  • Gibson, E.M., Cook Sandifer, M., & Bedford, W. (2019). A sense of mattering: A group intervention for African American boys. Professional School Counseling, 21(1), 1-9. https://doi.org/1177/2156759X19867336

  • Gibson, E.M., & Spencer N. (2018, September). Turning at-risk into at-promise. School Counselor, 56(1), 19-20.