Sonyia Richardson Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker, entrepreneur, trainer, researcher, author, and educator. As an Assistant Professor at UNC Charlotte, her teaching and service interests focus on the intersection of urban education and social work. Additionally, she focuses on mental wellness and suicide-related behaviors among diverse youth. She has provided consulting services for over 15 years to corporations, universities, and organizations. In addition to teaching, Dr. Richardson is the Owner of Another Level Counseling and Consultation located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Another Level Counseling and Consultation has provided a continuum of behavioral healthcare services in Mecklenburg County for over 14 years.


Dr. Richardson received a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Urban Education from the University of North Carolina Charlotte.  She received a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Charlotte.  

She previously served a three-year term with the National Institutes of Mental Health, Adult Mental Health Interventions Subcommittee as a Public Reviewer.  Dr. Richardson currently serves as a Delegate for the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter and was appointed by the National President to the Private Practice Specialty Subcommittee to provide expertise and guidance to private practitioners nationally. She is a graduate of Leadership Charlotte Class #33 and volunteers with state and county-based initiatives.

Most importantly, she has been married to her spouse Rondell Richardson for 20 years and they have two sons, Micah and Jayson. Her hobbies include traveling, Zumba, and reading.