Saunders, a licensed independent social worker and marriage and family therapist, directs the center's family and child program. He's also on the faculty of MUSC's National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center. Saunders’ research, training and clinical interests include the impact of violence and abuse on children and adolescents; the epidemiology of trauma, violence and abuse; treatment approaches; and effective methods for disseminating evidence-based practices. His work on child abuse victims, sexual offenders and incestuous families has been funded by several federal agencies. Saunders maintains a clinical practice and serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals.