Rachel Saunders

Rachel Mae Saunders

Assistant Professor

Teachers College


CECH Human Services - 0068

Professional Summary

Dr. Rachel Saunders is a tenure track Assistant Professor of Counseling. As a former professional school counselor, her research interests focus on the role of K-12 school counselors in relation to multicultural acceptance and promoting an inclusive school environment. She also focuses her research on training for counselors in cultural responsiveness and social justice advocacy work in academic, career, and social/emotional development for all students. She has additional experience working with adolescents in juvenile detention centers and served as a Research Assistant throughout her doctoral program supporting research on the transition of veterans into higher education. 


Doctor of Philosophy: The University of North Carolina at Charlotte 2020 (Counselor Education and Supervision)

Master of Arts: The University of North Carolina at Charlotte 2014 (School Counseling)

Bachelor of Science: The College of Brockport 2011 (Psychology)


Peer Reviewed Publications

Foxx, S. P., Saunders, R., & Lewis, C. W. (2020. ) Race, Gender, Class, and Achievement: A Culturally Responsive Approach to Urban School Counseling.Professional School Counseling, , 23 (1 ) ,1 -7More Information

Saunders, R., Lim, J. H., Harris, H. (2021. ) Bended womanhood bended back: The intersection of race, gender, and culture in women veterans of color and their transition into higher education.Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, , More Information

Saunders, R., & Merlin-Knoblich, C. (2021. ) Implementing large-group consultation in comprehensive school counseling programs.Journal for Specialists in Group Work, , More Information

Perry, J., Foxx, S. P., Vazquez, M., Saunders, R., Dameron, M. L., & Bolin, T. (2020. ) School counselor self-efficacy in advocating for self: How prepared are we?.The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, , More Information

Saunders, R., Foxx, S. P., Bolin, S. T., Prioleau, B., Dameron, M. L., Vazquez, M., & Perry, J. An examination of factors that relate to post graduate career & college readiness self-efficacy of college students .Journal of School Counseling, ,