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Griffin, Dana

Associate Professor

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"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better."

- Maya Angelou


Dr. Dana Griffin worked as a middle school counselor in Hampton, Virginia before pursuing her Ph.D. degree. She is a National Certified Counselor and has a K-12 School Counselor license in North Carolina. In 2006, she was recognized as an Emerging Leader in the counseling profession by the Southern Association for Counseling Education and Supervision. That same year, she was also awarded a research grant for her research study in multiculturalism and supervision.

While working on her Ph.D. degree, Dr. Griffin was co-director of the New Horizons Family Counseling Center in Williamsburg, Virginia. Prior to becoming director of the Center, she worked there as a doctoral intern, providing family, couple and individual counseling services to a diverse group of clients.

Dr. Griffin’s research interest is in parent involvement and family-school-community collaboration and feels that such collaboration can be better achieved when people are multiculturally competent and understand the different minutia of families and parenting. To this end, she also researches issues related to race and culture. She believes that school counselors should be leaders in bridging the gap between families of color, schools, and communities to build better relationships, collaborations, and increased effectiveness when working with culturally diverse students and their families.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. 2007 - College of William and Mary, Counselor Education
  • M.A. 2000 - Hampton University, Counselor Education: School Counseling and College Student Development
  • B.A. 1995 - College of William and Mary, English

Doctoral Program Affiliation(s)

Ph.D. in Education - Applied Developmental Science and Special Education

Research Interests

  • Parent Involvement
  • School Family Community Partnershps
  • Race and Culture

Teaching Areas

  • Cultural Diversity
  • Social Justice Supervision


  • EDUC 611: Practicum in School Counseling
  • EDUC 705: Internship in School Counseling
  • EDUC 707: Cross-Cultural Counseling
  • EDUC 714: Group Counseling

Honors & Awards

  • 2012, James Moeser Award for Distinguished Research. $5000
  • 2006, Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Emerging Leader

Funded Research

  • 2012, Mentoring Relationships and Social Mobility: An Evaluation of the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Program. $70000. Dr. George W. Noblit (Principal Investigator), Dr. Dana Griffin (Investigator), Dr. Juan Carrillo (Investigator).
  • 2011, Supporting and Educating Latino Parents. Junior Faculty Development Award. $7500, Dr. Dana Griffin (Principal Investigator).
  • 2008, The Effects of a Parent Education Program on Parental Involvement in Their Child’s Education: An Exploratory Study. Guy B. Phillips Research Award for Grant Initiation. $13,594, Dr. Dana Griffin (Principal Investigator).
  • 2008, Using School-Family-Community Partnerships to Build School Success Behaviors in Adolescents. Research Triangle School Partnerships, $10,100, Dr. Dana Griffin (Principal Investigator), Dr. John Galassi (Investigator).

Selected Professional Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Counseling Association
  • Selected Publications

    Griffin, D., & Wood, S. (2015). “Mommy, I’m Bored”: A dialectical exploration of school-family-community approaches to working with gifted, black males in rural school environments. In S. M. Wood & T. Stambaugh (Eds.), Best Practices for Serving Gifted Students in Rural Settings. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.

    Day-Vines, N. L, Bryan, J., & Griffin, D. (2013). The Broaching Attitudes and Behavior Survey (BABS): An exploratory assessment of its dimensionality. The Journal of Multicultural Counseling & Development, 41, 210-223.

    Bower, H. A., & Griffin, D. (2011). Can the Epstein model of parental involvement work in a high minority, high poverty elementary school? A case study. Professional School Counseling, 15, 77-87.

    Griffin, D. (2011). Parent involvement with African American families in expanded school mental health practice. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 4, 16-26.

    Griffin, D., Hutchins, B. C., & Meece, J. L. (2011). Where do students go to find information about their careers? Journal of Counseling & Development, 89,172-181.

    Griffin, D., & Steen, S. (2011). A social justice approach to school counseling. The Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 3, 74-85.

    Griffin, D., & Farris, A. (2010). School counselors and school-family-community collaboration: Finding resources through community asset mapping. Professional School Counseling, 13, 248-256.

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