Loyola University Maryland

Department of Pastoral Counseling


Jill L. Snodgrass, Ph.D.

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Jill L. Snodgrass

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Counseling

Loyola University Maryland
Pastoral Counseling Department
8890 McGaw Road
Suite 380S
Columbia, MD 21045


Ph.D., Claremont School of Theology
M.A., Claremont School of Theology
M.Div., Vanderbilt University
B.A., Colorado College

Dr. Snodgrass is a pastoral counselor and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Her research interests include spiritual care and counseling with traditionally marginalized populations, with specific emphasis on individuals and families experiencing homelessness and women transitioning from incarceration, as well as intercultural care and counseling. Dr. Snodgrass spent time living in an emergency housing shelter in Los Angeles County as part of her most recent research efforts, and aims to empower and elevate the voices of the experts regarding their own spiritual and mental health needs. From 2008-2011 she was the associate director of the Clinebell Institute for Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy in Claremont, California. Dr. Snodgrass is chair of the Religion and Social Sciences section of the Western Region of the American Academy of Religion, and a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the Society for Pastoral Theology. In addition to her work as a researcher and minister, Dr. Snodgrass has served as a pastoral counselor in churches, shelters, transitional housing facilities, and community centers.


  • First author with Siroj Sorajjakool. “Spirituality in Older Adulthood: Existential Meaning, Productivity, and Life Events,” Pastoral Psychology 60, no. 1, 2011: 85-94.
  • “Reflections by a Contextual Caregiver on Susan E. Myers-Shirk’s Helping the Good Shepherd: Pastoral Counselors in a Psychotherapeutic Culture 1925-1975,” Pastoral Psychology (available online at www.springerlink.com, forthcoming in print).
  • “Toward Holistic Care: Integrating Spirituality and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Older Adults,” Journal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging 21, no. 3, 2009: 219-236.
  • “From Rogers to Clinebell: Exploring the History of Pastoral Psychology,” Pastoral Psychology 55, no. 4, 2007: 513-525.

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