Charlene McGunn

Charlene McGunn

Part-time Faculty

Charlene McGunn


Charlene McGunn has been in clinical practice for nearly 30 years, working with children, adolescents and adults. Her experience includes 27 years as a school social worker. She is the executive director of the Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families, a federally funded community anti-drug coalition focused on preventing and reducing youth substance abuse and preventing youth suicide.
Dr. McGunn has been a part-time faculty member at Wayne State University since 1993, teaching Psychosocial Assessment of Children and Youth and other courses. She has presented locally on many topics related to clinical assessment and practice and community coalition building and has presented nationally on strategies for conducting social marketing campaigns and coalition enhancement.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., University of Detroit
  • M.S.W., Wayne State University
  • B.A., University of Detroit
  • Specialist Degree in School Psychology, University of Detroit
  • Licensed Master Social Worker

Teaching Interests

  • Clinical work with children, adolescents and adults
  • Psychosocial assessment
  • Psychodynamic theory
  • Youth substance abuse and trauma
  • Community coalition building

Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical diagnosis and treatment
  • Psychological assessment
  • Community coalition building
  • Strategies for creating community level change, the strategic planning framework, social marketing and advocacy
  • Qualitative data gathering and analysis
  • Quantitative analysis of youth substance use trends


Courses taught by Charlene McGunn

Winter Term 2024 (future)

Spring-Summer Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Spring-Summer Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

Fall Term 2021

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