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Kelsey Penix, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Counseling
(810) 206-2234
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I began my career as a sixth-grade teacher with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. When I realized how ill-equipped I was to address the mental health needs of my students, I chose to pursue a master’s degree in counseling. Because I longed to learn from a Christ-centered perspective, I completed the dual track program at SAU. Immediately after graduating, I was able to jump into school counseling, which I love. However, as a military spouse, I found that private practice and group practice counseling were often a little more flexible. While working in those capacities, I completed my doctorate in counselor education and supervision through the University of the Cumberlands. Because of that degree, I now get to combine many of my favorite things – being home with my kids, counseling clients, and training future counselors!


  • Ph.D.: (Counselor Education and Supervision) University of the Cumberlands
  • Graduate Certificate: (Play Therapy) University of Wyoming
  • M.A. : (Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling) Spring Arbor University
  • B.S. : (Elementary Education) University of Michigan - Flint

Memberships and Affiliations

American Counseling Association

Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society

Military and Government Counseling Association

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

Association for Play Therapy

American Association of Christian Counselors