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Stephanie Durnford, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor
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Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University Maryland (2020)
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University Maryland (2015)
M.A. Communication Studies, University of Montana (2005)
B.A.., Communication, Juniata College (2003)


Stephanie Durnford is a Assistant Clinical Professor at Loyola University Maryland. Her clinical work has focused in mindfulness and strength-based strategies to help clients navigate changes in behavior, thinking, and processing trauma. She has worked at a substance use disorder facility in intensive outpatient, as well as a community mental health center with an interest in LGBTQ+ mental health. She currently has a small private practice, in addition to teaching at Loyola. Her research has focused on spiritual appraisals and coping, particularly in yoga practices. She holds a Ph.D. (Counselor Education and Supervision) and M.S. (Clinical Mental Health Counseling), both from Loyola University Maryland in the Pastoral Counseling program.

Areas of Research/Specialization

  • Religious and spiritual coping and appraisals 
  • Mindfulness-based counseling
  • LGBTQ+ mental Health 


Fox, J., Gutierrez, D., Haas, J., & Durnford, S. (2016). Centering prayer’s effects on psycho-spiritual outcomes: A pilot outcome study. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture. doi:10.1080/13674676.2016.1203299

Larson, G., Wright, V., Spaulding, C., Rossetto, K., Rausch, G., Richards, A., & Durnford, S. (2007). Using social science to understand and improve wildland fire organizations: An annotated reading list. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-201. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. Accessible at


Creative Techniques for Supervisors. Supervisors’ Clinical Professional Development, Loyola University Maryland (January, 2022)

Spiritual, but Not Religious: Widening Our Lens of the Sacred. Supervisors’ Professional Development Meeting, Neumann University (April, 2021)          

Spiritual Bypass: Empirical Steps Toward Understanding Spiritual Avoidance Symposium. American Psychological Association Annual Conference. (August 2020)

  • Spiritual Bypass and Clients’ use of Religion and Spirituality in the Psychotherapy Process (with G. M. Magyar-Russell and J. Fox)
  • Yoga Practice, Spiritual Bypass, and Mental Health (with G. M. Magyar-Russell, M. Fenzel, and L. LeNoir)

Sanctification of Yoga Practice: A Pilot Study. Loyola University Maryland Emerging Scholars Conference, poster presentation. (April 2019)

Knowing the mission: An exploration of the impact of team trust, leadership, and spirituality on resilience (with T. Carleton and A. Gonsalves). Loyola University Maryland Emerging Scholars Conference, poster presentation. (April 2015)

Professional Affiliations

American Counseling Association

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE)
Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)

National Board of Certified Counselors