Sarah C. Greenfield, PhD

Title: Retired Counselor
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Sarah C. Greenfield, PhD, Retired Counselor, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in counseling.

Backed by a Bachelor of Science in general science from the University of Rochester from 1959, Dr. Greenfield commenced her career as a biochemical laboratory technician for Strong Memorial Hospital and Pabst Biochemical Laboratory in the 1960s. Upon her move to Arizona, she desired to kick start additional studies in psychology, but encountered a meeting about counseling by chance and pursued that instead. In 1968, she achieved a Master of Education in counseling and student personnel work from Arizona State University, where she also completed a counseling practicum and internship by 1970. Earning a Master of Arts in counseling from the institution in 1970, Dr. Greenfield was an administrative intern in adult education at the Office of University Extension and Summer Sessions in 1972. Notably, in 1975, she acquired a Doctor of Philosophy in adult education from Arizona State.

With her experience in counseling and student teaching, Dr. Greenfield served as an instructor in adult education at Fort Wright College, now known as Heritage University, in 1976. That same year, she also took on the role of an adult education consultant, in which she designed and developed a Master’s program in adult education. Pivoting toward public schools, Dr. Greenfield was a counselor and tutor of the Title IV program for the Alum Rock School District in 1997. From 1977 until her retirement in 2001, she served as a school counselor to Chinle Junior High School in the Chinle Unified School District #24. In addition to her primary responsibilities, Dr. Greenfield was a marketing research interviewer for the Behavior Research Center in Phoenix for four years and a data analyst for Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development in San Francisco in 1975.

Devoted to community service alongside her professional path, Dr. Greenfield has been a volunteer at Heard Museum since 1965. Over the years, she has also dedicated time to Phoenix Little Theater, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Interfaith Counseling Northwest, and ABABI. A 1972 fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation, she shared what she found as a nonverbal communication abstracter and contributor to “Body Movement & Nonverbal Communication: An Annotated Bibliography” for the Institute for Nonverbal Communication Research. Looking back on her career, Dr. Greenfield is grateful for the positive influence from Anthony Salandro, principal at Chinlee Junior High School, and Dr. MacGrath, from Arizona State. With this sentiment, her advice to aspiring counselors is to prepare, follow your dreams, and use unexpected opportunities as they arise.

Presently, Dr. Greenfield maintains affiliation with the Counseling and Development Section of the American School Counselor Association, Arizona Counselors Association, Chinle Education Association, Arizona Education Association, National Education Association, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, Association for Women in Science and Pi Lambda Theta. In five years’ time, she plans to continue enjoying her retirement by volunteering, traveling, taking photographs, and reading. To attest to her legacy, Dr. Greenfield can also be found in various editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who of American Women.

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