Jo-Ann Lipford Sanders

Core Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Jo-Ann Lipford Sanders.
Dr. Lipford Sanders’ formal training is in Counseling and Human Development with a minor in Marriage and Family from Kent State University. She has served in higher education since 1997 as a Professor, Program Director, Associate Dean, and Academic Dean. Dr. Lipford Sanders has taught in Tianjin, China and Sappora, Japan. Her current research interests focus on religious/spirituality, ethics, & international counseling issues that are informed by her expertise in multicultural and antiracist training. Dr. Lipford Sanders has written and received federal grants totaling $2 million dollars from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration, (Behavioral Health Workforce Education & Training) and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Dr. Lipford Sanders is an active member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Multicultural Counseling, Association for Spiritual, Ethical & Religious Values in Counseling, and Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and its state associations. At Walden University, she teaches in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Counseling Program


PhD, Kent State University

MA, Bowling Green State University

BA, Bowling Green State University

Public Service

Mental Health & Recovery Board of Erie & Ottawa Counties Board of Directors, Chair - Sandusky


Lipford Sanders, J., Vaughn, W., Onazi, O. (2023). DEI and Disabilities. Flat Rock Care Center