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Saundra Penn , Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Chair of the Human Service Studies Department
  • Blair College of Health

Dr. Saundra Penn completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. During her doctorate training, she received additional clinical experiences in the areas of play therapy, crisis therapy, multicultural and family counseling.

Having a passion for teaching and supervision, Dr. Penn joined the Queens Community as an Assistant Professor in the Human Service Studies Department in the fall of 2011. In this post, she teaches introductory classes and core competencies in human services such as Introduction to Human Service Studies, Ethical Issues in Human Services, and Working with Individuals in Need. She has also introduced new electives to the major, Play Therapy and Vulnerable Populations in Human Services. Her current research interests include examining multicultural issues in play therapy, the evolution of color blind racial attitudes, ethical issues in human services, clinical supervision, family play therapy, parent consultation, and mental health reform. She speaks on the regional level about these topics, has published several related articles, and is active in these scholarship areas.

Currently, she is on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Association for Play Therapy (SCAPT). She also was a past board member for the North Carolina Association for Play Therapy (NCAPT) and the Multicultural Play Therapy Center at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. She presents in a variety of forums to increase clinicians and human service professionals’ awareness of the clinician and ethical issues in the human service field. Additionally, Dr. Penn is a clinician practicing in Charlotte, N.C. providing psychological services, including individual, group and family psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults.

"Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of a farmer worker can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another."
--Nelson Mandela


  • B.A.  - Sociology and Anthropology; Guilford College, Greensboro, NC
  • M.A.  - School Counseling; University of North Carolina Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
  • Ph.D.  - Counselor Education and Supervision; University of North Carolina Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
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