Dr. Shaunte’ McFarland Appointed Director of Student Counseling and Wellness – UAPB News


The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) announced the appointment of Dr. Shaunte’ McFarland as Director of Student Counseling and Wellness. In this role, she will provide leadership and management for student counseling and health services.

As the Director, Dr. McFarland’s primary goals are contributing and committing to providing a supportive campus environment, promoting psychological health and well-being for all students, and empowering students to achieve academic and professional success. She will also consult with faculty and staff regarding students’ concerns. Additionally, Dr. McFarland will host weekly support groups, develop and implement counseling services, and present wellness programs that promote a positive impact on student success.

Dr. McFarland is an Emmy® award-winning, board-certified therapist and licensed counselor. She is dedicated to creating a safe space for healing and constructing a new normal of healthy relationships, fruitful coping skills, abundant confidence, and renewed self-worth. She joins UAPB with more than 12 years of experience in counseling and wellness in a variety of settings, including psychiatric units, hospitals, private practice, group homes, corrections facilities and family treatment centers. Most recently, she worked as a celebrity therapist for ABC®’s Black·ish, The National Football League, Paramount Pictures, and HartBeat Productions by Kevin Hart.

A native of Pine Bluff, Dr. McFarland earned a PhD in Biblical Studies/Counseling from St. Luke’s and is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. She is also completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Walden University. McFarland earned dual master’s in education and teaching from Lindenwood University, her bachelor’s in political science from UAPB and obtained a Community Health Worker certificate from Harvard University.

Her honors and awards include an Emmy® for Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Black Women Own the Conversation,” the Legion of Valor of the United States of America Bronze Cross, Army Achievement Medal, 1st Battalion 12th Marines Volunteer of the Year Nominee, Mrs. Arkansas Earth USA, Ms. Black Arkansas 2021, and McFarland is a five-time best-selling author. She has authored 16 books, several articles and print and online publications and presentations.

Dr. McFarland is a member of the AM&N/UAPB Alumni Association, Harvard Black Alumni Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alumnae-i Network for Harvard Women, Jack and Jill of America, Pi Sigma Alpha Honorary Political Science Society and The League of Roses Black Military Wives Society.

Dr. McFarland is married to Master Sergeant Christopher McFarland, Sr., an 18-year, active-duty United States Marine. They have three children, Christopher Jr., Joshua, and Mia.

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