Saundra Penn, Ph.D.

Saundra Penn

Associate Professor, Human Service Studies, Interprofessional Health Studies Department

Chair of Interprofessional Health Studies


Having a passion for teaching and supervision, Dr. Saundra Penn joined the Queens community as an assistant professor in the Human Service Studies Department in the fall 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.

Dr. Penn's 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. Dr. Penn also was a past board member for the North Carolina Association for Play Therapy 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 providing psychological services, including individual, group and family psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults.


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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