Lisa T. Moon, Director

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology



A Richmond native, Dr. Moon is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Virginia Union University and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.  


For the past two decades, she has demonstrated her expertise in academic instruction & advisement, academic program development & coordination, clinical training, clinical practice and research. She has also served as a professional consultant and presenter on psychological topics related to urban children. Dr. Moon recognizes the importance of the theoretical aspects of psychology and the implementation of those theories in practice.  


Her research interests include impact of abuse/trauma on child development, perceptions of urban children, importance of parental involvement in child development, African American female psychological development.  


She earned her B.A. degree in Psychology from Spelman College and her Master’s and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi.   

Dr. Joy Lawson Davis

Associate Professor & Chairperson

Department of Education



Dr. Davis is an Associate Professor & Chair in the Department of Teacher Education at Virginia Union University.


Her career spans four decades, she has served as a teacher,  district gifted education coordinator, university level Research Grant coordinator, and an Executive Director/principal at a specialized high school for gifted learners in urban and rural areas in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Dr. Davis is a recognized expert in the area of Cultural Diversity & Gifted Education.  

Dr. Davis has worked as a State Specialist for Gifted Programs,

K-12 in Virginia and is currently serving a 3-year term as an At-Large member of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Board of Directors. She previously served as Chair for the NAGC’s Diversity & Equity Committee.

Dr. Davis is a reviewer and published author of several articles, book chapters, technical reports and an award-winning book ‘Bright, Talented & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners’.  

Her research and publications  are focused on family/community engagement, under-representation in gifted education, and the psychosocial needs of high achieving students from diverse backgrounds.

Dr. Davis holds two graduate degrees from The College of William & Mary.

Dr. Sandra K. Flynn

Associate Professor

Department of Social Work


Dr. Sandra K. Flynn is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Virginia Union University. She has concentrated her career in academia.  Her research interests include investigating the health issues that impact African Americans, the support needs of the aged, chronically ill, and caregivers.  


She teaches courses in Social Research Methods, Ethics, Social Welfare Policy, Social Work Practice and Field Placement.  Prior to her current academic appointment, she had maintained a career in law enforcement.  A Southwest Virginia native, she earned her MSW from Radford University and her Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. 

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L. T. Moon, Ph.D

Associate Professor Director


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Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D.

Associate Professor




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Sandra K. Flynn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Social Work

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