PhD, Pennsylvania State University; MA, George Washington University; MS, Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University); BA, Wilson College
Substance abuse treatment and recovery for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clients; affirmative counseling with LGBT clients; diversity issues (with focus on LGBT issues, women’s issues, and intersectionality); prevention
Dr. Matthews has worked in the field of counseling for more than 30 years as a practitioner, educator, researcher, and advocate. She has worked in the areas of substance abuse prevention and treatment, youth services, and women’s services. Dr. Matthews has also been active with the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA), having served as the president of the PCA and the Pennsylvania Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors, the chair of the Ethics and Bylaws Committee for the PCA, and the chair of the ACA North Atlantic Region. She received the President’s Award and the Research Award from the PCA. Dr. Matthews has served on the editorial boards of Journal of Counseling and Development, Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, and Journal for Specialists in Group Work, and as associate editor for Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling. She has published widely and regularly presents at state and national conferences. Also active with the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Matthews was on the task forces that produced the APA’s Guidelines for Prevention in Psychology and Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Girls and Women.