Department Chair of Counseling and Higher Education
Originally from the island of Jamaica, I came to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in professional counseling at Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta. While there, I was introduced to play therapy and decided to enter the doctoral program. Although my graduate studies at GSU allowed for a variety of clinical experiences with diverse clients, my passion firmly lies with play therapy. I am privileged to be a part of the UNT counseling program which is world-renowned for its play therapy program.
I have specialized training and experience in working with children and families, in particular diverse and at-risk populations. My primary research areas are play therapy, filial therapy, and counselor supervision. My dissertation work involved examining the acceptability, integrity and perceived effectiveness of kinder training for a group of early elementary school teachers. Kinder training is a play-based approach to strengthening teacher-child relationships and improving the social, emotional and academic adjustment of students. The kinder training project was a part of a larger intervention which also involved filial therapy with parents of at-risk students.
In addition to conducting research, I have 10 years of experience working with children and adolescents and a strong interest in serving children in the public school system. Consistent with this agenda, I am now involved in several school-based research projects with parents and teachers.
My career in higher education began when I was hired as a resident director at Illinois State University after completing my master’s degree in student personnel administration. Through the years, my career progressed from that position to director of student activities, to assistant dean of students, to dean of students and senior student affairs officer. Outside of student affairs, I gained experience as a senior associate for a major non-profit organization with a focus on K-12 student success.
Since arriving at UNT, I have taught graduate level classes, supervised internships and chaired dissertations. Also, I have served as coordinator of the master’s program in higher education. Currently, I serve as principal investigator for a Communities Foundation of Texas grant for the establishment of three early college high schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Two of those schools are in their second year of operation.
Angie Cartwright earned a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, Master of Arts in counseling, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, all from Sam Houston State University. Upon graduation, she joined the counseling program faculty at Texas A&M University — Commerce as a tenure-track assistant professor, where she taught master’s and doctoral courses for three years. Dr. Cartwright’s research agenda addresses the success of children from absent-father homes, offender and addictions counseling issues, and mentorship in counselor education. She has published numerous peer-reviewed publications, international presentations/webinars, and a book chapter. Dr. Cartwright also brings several years of clinical experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor — Supervisor and a Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider in Texas. Dr. Cartwright’s clinical background includes work with incarcerated adults, civilly committed sexual offenders, and youth. She currently is the committee chair of the sex offender treatment and rehabilitation committee of the International Association of Addiction and Offender Counseling. In her free time, Dr. Cartwright enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.
Cynthia Kay Chandler was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She went to elementary and middle school in El Paso and graduated from high school in Muleshoe in 1974. She received her doctoral degree in educational psychology in 1986 from Texas Tech University. She is a professor of the counseling program at UNT where she has served on the faculty since August 1989. She has several publications and has presented at professional venues across the U.S., and in Canada, Austria, Greece, and South Korea. She co-leads the annual statewide training Institute in Counselor Supervision and organizes and leads training and certification workshops each year in Animal Assisted Therapy. She can often be seen with one of her certified therapy dogs, Rusty or Dolly.
As a higher education scholar and educator, I believe that empirical research is the foundation of sound practice. I also believe while applying theories is important, educators must pay attention to individual differences. I apply these two principles both in my research and teaching.
Prior to became a faculty member at the UNT, I had worked in various industrial and educational setting. I have served in the Chinese Army and I have been holding positions as biomedical engineer, webmaster, violence prevention and intervention counselor, policy analyst, and research scientist both in the U.S. and Taiwan. For three years from 2005 to 2008 I worked for the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) at the Indiana University Bloomington, where I conducted higher education research and psychometric studies using NSSE data. Prior to that I did policy analysis as the Assistant to the Policy and Training Director at the Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance.
I grew up in, taught high school psychology for 11 years in, and served as a high school counselor for one year in the Chicago suburbs. My bachelor's degree is in psychology with honors from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana. Both my master's and doctoral degrees are in counselor education from Northern Illinois University.
Since completing my master's in 1979 until 2007, I maintained a part-time private practice in counseling. Upon completing my doctorate in the spring of 1988, I came to Texas to join the UNT Counseling Program faculty that fall, and have worked here ever since; it would take an exceptional job to persuade me to move back north of the Mason-Dixon line!
My primary professional interest is the transpersonal perspective in counseling – "transpersonal" referring most basically to experiences and stages of development that involve transcendence of the usual personal limits of space and/or time. My single most meaningful professional experience so far has been serving for three years as president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies. My greatest professional fantasy is to find a donor to fund a Center for the Study of Transpersonal Experiences Surrounding Death (C-STED) at the University of North Texas.
Clinical Associate Professor
I was born and raised in a small town in North Texas. After being the fourth generation of my family to graduate from the high school in our hometown, I enrolled as a student at Texas A&M University. From the moment I began working towards my degree in psychology, I knew I wanted to attend graduate school and become a counselor specializing in adolescents. While pursuing my master’s degree at the University of North Texas, I took my first course in play therapy. It was then that I found my true passion for counseling children and families. After working in a community agency that served children ages 7-17, I returned to the UNT doctoral program to broaden my skills and knowledge as a counselor and play therapist. During my doctoral program I discovered my love of teaching and the use of expressive arts in counseling. Becoming a counselor educator has allowed me to blend my passion for working with children and love of teaching together.
After completing my PhD, I taught at the University of Central Florida for 4 years. I was excited to join the UNT faculty in 2009. I teach master’s level clinical courses and serve as the advisor for the undergraduate counseling minor program. I also serve as Director of the program’s Counseling and Human Development Center. As Center Director, I coordinate the academic, logistical, ethical, and legal matters involved in the operation of an on-campus community mental health clinic.
I grew up in the North Dallas area and attended schools in the Richardson school district through high school. My career started in elementary education, and I taught in Richardson, Arlington, and Houston area schools for over 10 years. My bachelor’s degree is in Elementary Education from Southern University A&M College. I received my master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston and earned my PhD in Higher Education Administration at Texas A&M University.
At the start of my higher education career, I served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Texas at Austin where I became a research team member for the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color. During my time there, I had the opportunity to collaborate with centers such as the Center for Community College Student Engagement and to work with colleagues on campus-wide diversity initiatives. Through those opportunities I was asked to be a faculty affiliate for Project M.A.L.E.S. (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Success), a role in which I still currently serve.
I moved on to a Visiting Professorship at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and in fall 2017 I was ecstatic to join the Higher Education Program faculty here at the University of North Texas. My research focuses on racial identity and intersectionality, male students of color in higher education, and student engagement and activism. My main research methodology is qualitative, and I utilize frameworks such as discourse analysis and critical theories to explore structures, policies, and practices that influence underrepresented groups. I am happy to be back home in the North Texas area and am honored to work with such esteemed colleagues in our Program. I look forward to building upon my research agenda in such a supportive environment.
I completed my BA in psychology at Upper Iowa University and my MA in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Northern Iowa. In 2007, I earned my PhD from the University of North Texas. Throughout my counseling career, I have counseled children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Much of my clinical work has been in agency and school-based mental health. I also operated a part-time private practice where I worked with children and families.
As a counselor educator, I worked as an adjunct faculty member at a number of universities before starting as an assistant professor at the University of Northern Iowa in 2013. I joined the University of North Texas faculty in 2017, and I am honored to be a part of such an accomplished and motivated team.
My primary professional interest is Adlerian play therapy, which is a popular approach to play therapy and is beginning to develop a body of research that supports its effectiveness with children. To date, my most meaningful professional accomplishment has been publishing the first ever Adlerian play therapy randomized control trial, which set the foundation for recognizing Adlerian play therapy as an evidenced-based treatment.
The importance of higher education served as a foundation to my upbringing in State College, PA; better known as the home of The Pennsylvania State University. I completed my B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Child, Youth, and Family Services. While at Penn State, I assisted with a Federally-funded research project and was inspired by how research could improve the well-being of individuals in the community. I decided to move south to the beach to complete my master’s degree in Community Counseling at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, VA. I continued my education at ODU earning my PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. As a counselor, I served individuals with intellectual disabilities, serious mental health disorders, as well as middle schoolers at in-school mental health program. At the University of North Texas (UNT), I enjoy teaching courses in the clinical mental health counseling curriculum, including Diagnosis & Treatment Planning and Ethical, Legal, & Professional Issues in Counseling. Along with Dr. Amanda Giordano, I co-facilitate the Addictions in Counseling Research Team (ACRT), which provides empirical research experience to both master’s and counseling students. Providing students with research mentorship is arguably my favorite part of being a counselor educator. In the Denton community, I serve as the program evaluator for the Denton County Veterans Treatment Court Program. Sharing my skills in grant writing, program evaluation, and research that directly impact the ability for Veterans to receive mental health and substance use counseling services is professionally and personally fulfilling. In the national and state counseling community, I serve organizations such as Association for Assessment & Research in Counseling, Military & Government Counseling Association, and Texas Association for Counselor Education & Supervision.
Texas is that state I call home. I’ve spent most of my life in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area with brief stints in Nashville, TN & San Diego, CA. I was fortunate to gain my master’s degree in counseling at the very young age of 21 from Vanderbilt University. But it took many more years to actually figure out what counseling is really about. Although I originally specialized in adolescents in the school setting, I was introduced to play therapy as a doctoral student at the University of North Texas. My training and experience in play therapy has been the guiding force for my professional growth and focus. I believe that the Child-Centered approach to working with children is aligned with my humanistic beliefs that all people are working toward self-actualization. My research agenda focuses on the quantitative effectiveness of play therapy, with a specific interest in school settings. I am an active member of the Association for Play Therapy and focus my work on demonstrating efficacy and disseminating information on play therapy. As part of my role in the UNT Counseling Program, I am honored to direct the Center for Play Therapy on campus. On a personal note, I have been married for 18 years to my college sweetheart. We are busy raising two boys, Elijah & Noah, who take up any free time that we might spend developing hobbies. I actively volunteer in both of our elementary and middle schools.
Barrett Taylor earned his PhD from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. He teaches a number of courses at UNT, including "General Administration of Higher Education" (EDHI 6710) and "Higher Education Finance" (EDHI 6760). His research emphasizes the ways in which colleges and universities interact with their environments.
Administrative Coordinator II
Sue Young finished a bachelor’s degree at TCU while working for the School of Business and, after graduation, as a TCU Development Officer. She started at UNT in 1998 for the North Texas Community College Consortium, which led to her current position with the Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education. Sue supports the Center by providing event logistics for the Don A. Buchholz Lectures, the Community College Issues Lectures, and for the annual conference of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, which is a national organization that resides at UNT. The CSCC Conference is the largest conference held within the UNT College of Education.
Sue endowed the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally Scholarship here at UNT, and was among the core group that started the UNT Ally Program, which later led to the UNT Pride Alliance. She has served as a Staff Council Officer, has won multiple university diversity awards, the UNT Staff Excellence Award, and is a member of the UNT President’s Council.