Loyola University Maryland

Department of Pastoral Counseling


Matthew W. Bonner, Ph.D., LCPC, ACS

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Director of Clinical Education
Clinical Assistant Professor

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


Ph.D., Old Dominion University
M.S., Loyola University 
M.Div, Howard University
B.A., Rutgers University  


Dr. Bonner is a national certified counselor, approved clinical supervisor, and a licensed professional counselor in the states of Virginia and Maryland. Dr. Bonner has worked with couples, families, individuals, military service members, and persons with substance abuse disorders. In supervision, Dr. Bonner has supervised clinical mental health, college, and school counseling students. His experience includes pastoring in the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church for 11 years in the states of Pennsylvania and Virginia. As an administrator and assistant professor, he served Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies in Columbia, South Carolina and was the founding faculty member of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program from 2014-2016. He has been published in several journal articles involving the topics of psychological testing and assessment, implementing service models to work with disadvantaged populations, pastoral counseling, and teaching methods in counselor education.  He has presented at state, regional, and national conferences the topics of ethics, teaching methods, counselor supervision, and diversity. His research interests include spirituality in counseling, spiritual development, and curriculum design in counselor education.


  • Bonner, M. W. (2016). Grading rigor in counselor education. Education Research Quarterly 39 (4), 21-42 .
  • Bonner, M.W. (2015). Pastoral counseling. In E. Neukrug (Ed.), Encyclopedia of theory in counseling and psychotherapy. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Neukrug, E. S., Peterson, C. H., Bonner, M. W., & Lomas, G. I.  (2014). A national survey of assessments taught by counselor educators.  Counselor Education and Supervision, 52, 207 - 221.
  • Peterson, C. H., Lomas, G. I., Neukrug, E. S. & Bonner, M.W. (2013). Assessment use by counselors in the United States: Implications for policy and practice. Journal of Counseling & Development. Journal of Counseling and Development, 92, 90 – 98.
  • Johnson, K. F. & Bonner, M. W. (2013). Utilizing the six generic human services competencies and ecological systems theory as a basis to understanding barriers faced by marginalized clients.  Journal of Human Services, 33 (1), 49 - 57.
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