Sophie  Maxis

Assistant Professor • of School Counseling

Leadership, School Counseling & Sports Management • College of Education & Human Services

Areas of Expertise

urban school counseling, professional school counselor efficacy, high school freshman retention, university-high school partnership, community-based transformational learning, first-generation college access and retention


PhD              Counselor Education, University of Florida
EdS/MEd    Counselor Education-School Counseling with Emphasis in Mental Health, University of Florida
BS                 Mathematics Education, Oakwood University


Sophie Maxis has been an assistant professor of school counseling at University of North Florida (UNF) since Fall 2011. Dr. Maxis’ areas of research interest include the development of school counselor self-efficacy for graduate trainees, diversity in higher education, urban school counseling, college access issues for first-generation students, and culturally relevant practices within the context of school counselor preparation. Her current work as a counselor educator is community-based, embedded in local schools, and emphasizes the culturally responsive ways in which systems engage each other for the best interests of students. Dr. Maxis collaborates with university researchers and support staff in areas of diversity in higher education, specifically on how to create inclusive climates for all students in higher education.


Prior to her work at UNF, Dr. Maxis was affiliated with a university-school partnership, which promoted the college-going culture at several urban, high-needs high schools in Florida. She collaborated with administrators, teachers, students and families at partnering high schools to support successful transitions into college, particularly for first-generation students. Sophie completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education (School Counseling and Guidance) at University of Florida (Gainesville) in 2011. She earned the M.Ed. and Ed.S. in School Counseling and Guidance from University of Florida and a B.S. in Mathematics Education from Oakwood University (Alabama). Sophie was a high school counselor in Gainesville, Florida and previously taught secondary mathematics. For her doctoral research, she examined the relationship between school counselor self-efficacy beliefs about their general practice at urban, underperforming high schools and the rate of African American males’ high school completion.

Courses Taught

  • Practicum in School Counseling
  • Internship in School Counseling: Career and Academic Advising
  • Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • Personality and Lifespan Development
  • Theories in Counseling
  • Diversity in Higher Education (Student Affairs program)
  • Family and Community Involvement in Education (Pre-Service Teacher program-undergraduate)


  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
  • American School Counseling Association (ASCA)
  • Florida School Counselor Association (FSCA)
  • Southern Association for Counselor Education (SACES)

MaxisContact Information

Building 57, Room 3436

(904) 620-1112