Dr. Sandy-Ann M. Griffith

Dr. Sandy-Ann M. Griffith

Assistant Professor

Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology

ECDC 145

(361) 825-2622


Dr. Sandy-Ann M. Griffith is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Old Dominion University (ODU) and her Master of Arts in Counselor Education with an emphasis in clinical mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, and play therapy from the University of Central Florida (UCF). Dr. Griffith also worked on federally funded research grants at the UCF’s Marriage and Family Research Institute and is a member of the Consortium for Family Strengthening Research, an interdisciplinary, multi-university research team. Her research interests include the impact of childhood adversity on family and adult relationship health outcomes in historically marginalized, under-served populations, and the effectiveness of healthy fatherhood and relationship education programming in reducing recidivism rates and increasing family stability among minority fathers. Dr. Griffith is a National Certified Counselor and a lead facilitator of multiple couple and relationship education curricula. She has taught at the undergraduate and graduate level and her clinical experiences include trauma, substance abuse, individual, couples, and group counseling for male perpetrators of domestic violence.

  • Assistant Professor

Course syllabus lookup

  • Ph.D. - Education, Counseling, Old Dominion University
  • MA - Counselor Education, Mental Health Counseling, University of Central Florida
  • BS - Psychology, Spanish Minor, University of Central Florida

Griffith, S. M. (2018). The relationship between childhood adversity and adult relationship health for economically marginalized, racially and ethnically diverse individuals. (Doctoral dissertation). Counseling and Human Services, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
  • Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) International Honors Society
  • Consortium for Family Strengthening Research (CFSR)
  • National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
  • National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)
  • National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)
  • Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES)


  • National Certified Counselor, NCC # 335201
  • Lead Instructor: Becoming Parents Program (BPP)
  • Lead Facilitator: Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP)
  • Adult relationship health outcomes and family fragmentation in under-served, historically marginalized populations 
  • Conventional and Expanded Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Healthy fatherhood and relationship education interventions
  • Mass incarceration and recidivism among minority fathers