Saundra Penn | Queens University of Charlotte

Saundra Penn, Ph.D.

Saundra Penn

Associate Professor, Human Service Studies, Interprofessional Health Studies Department


Dr. Saundra Penn joined the Human Service Studies program in the fall of 2011. Having a passion for teaching and orienting students to the helping profession, 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 courses to the major, Families as Systems, Play Therapy and Vulnerable Populations in Human Services.

Dr. Penn's current research interests include exploring multicultural issues in the helping relationship, the impact of womanhood on wellness, 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 committed in these scholarship areas.

Dr. Penn is active in the counseling community. She is a Past President for the South Carolina Association for Play Therapy. She presents in a variety of forums to increase clinicians and human service professionals’ awareness of clinical issues. Additionally, Dr. Penn is a licensed clinical mental health counselor (LCMHC).


Ph.D., M.A., Counselor Education and Supervision, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
B.S., Guilford College


Licensed Professional Counselor
Registered Play Therapy

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