“I look forward to learning with students as I assist them in maximizing their potential
for long term success.”
- What do you look forward to in your interactions with APSU students?
Ph.D., Counselor Education & Supervision, University of Holy Cross New Orleans M.A., Counseling, University of Holy Cross New Orleans B.A., Psychology, Dillard University
Dr. Mariama I. Cook Sandifer has served for 14 years in the public school system as
a national and state certified school counselor and is a licensed professional counselor
supervisor. Her counseling experience covered a wide array of diverse populations
and required targeted strategies to meet student/client needs. Dr. Sandifer believes
in using her voice to advocate for societal change in order to improve the lives of
the nation's youth. She has provided several workshops and trainings on school culture
and school-community relationships.
School counseling program implementation and interventions, School culture, Post degree
supervision of school counselors, Social justice and advocacy in counseling.
Gibson, E. M. Thompson, J., Sandifer, M. C., & Brant-Rajahn, S. N (2022). A culturally
affirming shared leadership framework. Professional School Counseling. 26(1c), 1–10. DOI: 10.1177/2156759X221134665
Sandifer, M. C., Gibson, E. M., & Brant-Rajahn, S. N. (2022). Antiracist andragogy
in school counselor education and training. Dialogues in Social Justice: An Adult Education Journal, 7(1).
ISSN: 2578- 2029
Brant-Rajahn, S. N., Gibson, E. M., & Sandifer, M. C. (2022). Developing, delivering,
and sustaining school counseling practices through a culturally affirming lens. IGI Global.
Gibson, E. M., Sandifer, M. C., Webb, T. E., & Cox, E. (2022). Professional identity
development and Responsibilities. In Developing, delivering, and sustaining school counseling practices through a culturally affirming lens (pp. 1-18). IGI Global.
Bedford, W., Gibson, E. M., & Sandifer, M. C. (2022). Creating a beloved community
for Black male students: A unified approach. In Developing, delivering, and sustaining
school counseling practices through a culturally affirming lens (pp. 192-211). IGI Global.
Sandifer, M. C., Gibson, E. M., & Brant-Rajahn, S. N. (2022). WOKE: Advocacy for African
American Students. In Research Anthology on Racial Equity, Identity, and Privilege (pp. 1365-1386).
IGI Global. (Original work published 2021)
Brott. P. E., DeKruyf, L., Hyun, J. H., LaFever, C., Patterson-Mills, S., Sandifer,
M. C., Stone, V. C. (2021). The critical need for clinical supervision amongst school counselors. Journal of School-based
Counseling Policy & Evaluation, 3(2), 51-60. https://scholarworks.wm.edu/jscpe/vol3/iss2/2/
Gibson, E. M., Sandifer, M. C., & Brant-Rajahn, S. (2021, March). WOKE: Cultivating
social change and wellness for Black students. Psychology in Motion.
Sandifer, M. C., Gibson, E. M., & Brant-Rajahn, S. N. (2021). WOKE: Advocacy for African
American Students. In Rausch, M. A., & Gallo, L. L. (Eds.), Strengthening School Counselor
Advocacy and Practice for Important Populations and Difficult Topics (pp. 19-40). IGI Global.
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.
Gibson, E. M., Sandifer, M. C., & Bedford, W. (2019). A sense of mattering: A group
intervention for African American boys. Professional School Counseling, 21(1), 1-9. doi: 10.1177/2156759X19867336