College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Dr. Sam Steen
PhD, George Mason University
Associate Professor
Co-Academic Program Coordinator, Counseling
Center Director, Diversity Research and Action Consortium

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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Krug Hall 202
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22030


Dr. Sam Steen is an Associate Professor, Academic Program Coordinator, and licensed Professional School Counselor who specializes in school counseling, group work and students at risk of academic failure. Dr. Steen served as a professional school counselor for 10 years prior to entering academia and his experience as a practitioner heavily shapes his research agenda, approach to teaching, and choices for service. Dr. Steen became a Fellow for the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), a division of the American Counseling Association. Additionally, Dr. Steen was the recipient of the Professional Advancement Award for ASGW. This award recognized Dr. Steen’s outstanding activities in helping advancing the field of group work though research, development of a new and innovative strategies for group work in schools and public relations. 

Research Interests

Currently, two objectives guide his scholarship: 1) To further develop creative and culturally responsive school-based counseling interventions that improve student achievement; including The Achieving Success Everyday Group Model (ASE Group Model) (Steen, 2007, 2011, Steen et al., 2014; Rose & Steen, 2015; Steen et al., 2018) that is designed to promote social emotional and academic development for students of color and those from low-income backgrounds and 2) To explore issues related to the training and preparation of pre-service counselors and school counselors in the local, regional, and national community.

Recent Publications

Steen, S., Shi, Q., & Melfie, J. (under review). School-Based group counseling interventions and academic achievement: A comparative review of studies. Journal of School-Based Counseling Policy and Evaluation.


Steen, S., Sulkowski, M. (under review). A framework for applying the Achieving Success Everyday Group Counseling Model with homeless students. Journal of Counseling and Development.


Chan, C. D., Ngadjui, O. T., Jackson, T., & Steen, S. (in press). Unsettling complex inequities on school climate for males of color: School counseling applications from an intersectionality-based policy analysis (IBPA). Professional School Counseling


Steen, S., & Hines, E. (in press) Concluding Reflections and Engaged Group Work Practice with African American Children and Adolescents. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work45(3), 1-2.


Hines, E. M., & Steen, S. (2020). Group Work with Black/African American Males. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work45(2), 1-2.


Steen, S., & Hines, E. M. (2020). Introduction to Group Work with African American Children and Adolescents. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work45(1), 1-2.


Hines, E. M., Hines, M. R., Moore III, J. L., Steen, S., Singleton, P., Cintron, D., & Henderson, J. (2020). Preparing African American Males for College: A Group Counseling Approach. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 1-17.