Loyola University Maryland

Department of Pastoral Counseling


Thomas E. Rodgerson, Ph.D.

image divider

Assistant Professor of Pastoral CounselingThomas Rodgerson
Director of the M.A. Program

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


Ph.D., Loyola College in Maryland
M.S., Loyola College in Maryland
B.D., University of Edinburgh
B.A., University of Virginia

Thomas E. Rodgerson is a pastoral counselor with treatment and research interests in working with clergy and clergy burnout, sexual compulsivity, multi-faith counseling, conflict mediation in religious organizations, and supervision. He has several publications in these areas and has done post-graduate education in the Psychohormonal Research Unit of Johns Hopkins University and the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. In addition to being affiliate faculty at Loyola since 1995, his professional experience includes serving in parish ministry as an ordained pastor for fourteen years and serving as executive director of Centrepointe Counseling, Inc., a Samaritan Center, from 1990-2008. Dr. Rodgerson is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Maryland and a national certified counselor. He is a diplomate with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and serves on the Leadership Team, Membership Division.


  • Dy-Liacco, G., Piedmont, R., Murdray-Swank, N., Rodgerson, T., & Sherman, M. (2008).   Spirituality and religiousity as cross-cultural aspects of human experience.  Psychology of  Religion and Spirituality, 1 (1), 35-52.
  • Golden, J., Piedmont, R.L., Ciarrocchi, J.W., and Rodgerson, T. (2004). Spirituality and burnout: An incremental validity study. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 32, 115-125.
  • Piedmont, R.L., and Rodgerson, T.E. (2013). Cross-over analysis using the FFM and NEO-PI-R for assessing couples. In P.T. Costa, Jr. & T.A. Widiger (Eds.), Personality disorders and the Five Factor Model of personality, Third Edition (pp. 375-394). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
  • Rodgerson, T. E. (1991). Pastoral counseling and the informed relationship. Journal of Pastoral Care, 45, 389-398.
  • Rodgerson, T. E. (1994). Spirituality, stress, and you. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press.
  • Rodgerson, T. E. (2001). Depth and breath: A theory of pastoral counseling supervision. Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry, 21, 272-288.
  • Rodgerson, T. E. (2001b). Pastors and paraphilias: A pastoral counseling approach. American Journal of Pastoral Counseling, 4, 19-36.
  • Rodgerson, T. E. (2002). Attending to the unspeakable in the spiritual formation of pastoral counselors. Journeys, 4 (1), 5.
  • Rodgerson, T.E. (2005). Cultivating bottom land. Journeys, 7 (2), 9.
  • Rodgerson, T.E. (2008). Attending to hidden realities: Contributions from the work of Michael Polanyi to supervision in pastoral care and counseling. Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, 62 (3), 195-206.
  • Rodgerson, T.E. (2010). Apophatic Attending in Pastoral Diagnosis. Human Development, 31(2), 8-14.
  • Rodgerson, T.E. (2010). Irrevocably and undeniably bonded. Journeys 12 (1), 8-9.
  • Rodgerson, T.E.. (2012). Apophatic attending: An essential for pastoral diagnosis, Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, 66 (1), 4:1-8.
  • Rodgerson, T.E., (2014). Clergy self-renewal themes in clinical practice. In R.J. Wicks & E.A. Maynard (Eds.), Handbook on Self-Renewal, (pp. 397-419). New York: John Wiley.
  • Rodgerson, T.E., (2015). To diagnose or not to diagnose: Pastoral counseling distinctives in conceptualizing and engaging human distress. In E.A. Maynard & J. Snodgrass (Eds.), Understanding Pastoral Counseling, (pp. 101-113). New York: Springer Publications.
  • Rodgerson, T. E., and Piedmont, R. L. (1998). Assessing the incremental validity of the Religious Problem-Solving Scale in the prediction of clergy burnout. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 37, 517-527.
  • Wicks, R., and Rodgerson, T. E. (1998). Companions in hope: The art of Christian caring. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press.

Recommended Websites

Making Meaning: A peek into the lives of current pastoral counseling students