Kendra Smith, PhD, LCPC

Department of Counseling

Kendra Smith

Phone Numbers

202-651-5515 (V)
202-250-2466 (VP)



Fowler Hall 107A

Hello! I'm Kendra Smith of the Department of Counseling. I'm a native of Washington, DC, and have been a faculty member in the Department of Counseling since fall 2006. Prior to that I was a mental health counselor at Gallaudet University's Mental Health Center (now Counseling and Psychological Services) and also had a private practice.  I hold a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Specialization in Counselor Education & Supervision, and earned a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Gallaudet University. I have a graduate certificate (30 hours) in Clinical Supervision from Capella University.

When not working, you can find me biking, knitting, or drawing.  I donate my time and craft work at several local charitable organizations, including Siamese cat rescue.

I am currently chairperson of the Department of Counseling. I am also principal investigator for a five-year, long-term training grant for Clinical Mental Health Counseling students awarded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration.

I have presented at international and national conferences on such topics as cross-cultural issues in supervision, ethical responsibility of clinical supervisors, counseling college students, grief, and counselor self compassion.  Other areas of interest include counselor professional identity, sand tray therapy, mental health parity for Deaf persons, end-of-life-issues, and LGBTQ identity development and issues in counseling.  I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland, and am on the list of approved clinical counseling supervisors in the state. I am also licensed in DC.

In addition to her administrative responsibilities as chairperson of the Department of Counseling, Dr. Smith teaches courses within the Department, including "Introduction to Research" and "Crisis & Trauma Counseling".  She developed the curriculum for the courses "Orientation to Mental Health Counseling" and "Wellness for Counselors". She has also frequently served as faculty supervisor for students at practicum and internship, and is an academic advisor and mentor to students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Dr. Smith's teaching philosophy begins with learning. She considers herself a lifelong learner. Like Etienne Wenger, Dr. Smith believes that learning is a process of "becoming," not just an accummulation of knowledge and skills. We "become" through active participation in various communities of practice within our lives, including in this case, the practice of counseling. To this end, Dr. Smith continually studies, reflects on, and participates in the field of counseling and counselor education. Her goal is to share with students her passion for learning and her genuine engagement with them in the learning process.

  • Tenure and Promotion Committee 
  • Academic Council
  • SEBHS Chairs 
  • Teaching and Learning Through Technology Committee

Grant Awards

Awarded U.S. Department of Education Long-Term Training Grant H129Q150001 that provides tuition and stipend support for students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Gallaudet University ($750,000 over 5 years).

Selected Publications

Brice, P., Leigh, I., Sheridan, M., & Smith, K.L. (2013). Training of Mental Health Professionals: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. In N.S. Glickman, Ed., Challenges and Opportunities in Culturally Affirmative Mental Health Care of Deaf Persons. New York: Routledge.

Smith, K. L. (2007). The Experiences of Deaf Counselors in Developing Their Professional Identity. Doctoral Dissertation, Union Institute & University.

Smith, K. L. (Sept 2009). A brief summary of supervision models. Published online at

Smith, K. L. (August 2009). Supervision methods. Published online at

Smith, K. L., & Bienvenu, MJ (Fall 2007) Deaf theory: What can we learn from Feminist theory? Multicultural Education, 15(1), 58-63.

Smith, K. L., & Rush, L. L. (2007). Counseling students who are deaf. In J.A. Lippincott & R. B. Lippincott (Eds.), Special Populations in College Counseling. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Assn.

Thumann, M., & Smith, K. L. (2013). A discourse approach to teaching mental health interpreting. International Journal of Interpreter Education, 5(2), 85-95.

Whyte, A., & Smith, K. L. (2010). Counseling deaf college students. In I. W. Leigh, Ed., Psychotherapy with Deaf Clients from Diverse Groups, 2nd ed. Washington, DC: Gallaudet Univeresity Press.



800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002