Matthew Atwood

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
Barbara Solomon School of Social Work
Master of Social Work (MSW)

Dr. Atwood is a contributing faculty Walden University member in the field of behavioral health. He has been a licensed social worker from 2004 and has worked in a variety of work and client settings in order to provide a well rounded perspective and experience to offer students at Walden University.

He gained his first experience in social work as a case manager for juvenile offenders and children at risk in Wichita, Kansas. His admiration for therapist that he worked with led him to become a social worker. His first job as a licensed social worker was working as a bereavement counselor for a hospice agency. He always wanted to join the military and so he was provided that opportunity to become a social work officer in the U.S. Air Force and gained experience in family advocacy, mental health counseling, and drug and alcohol treatment. After the Air Force, he worked as a social science researcher for the Department Army in Human Terrain Systems program to provide social cultural information to commanders. He then worked with soldier's who were being discharged from the military. He also worked part time as a psychiatric hospital social worker. Currently, Dr. Atwood works at the Leavenworth, Kansas Veterans Hospital as a readjustment counseling therapist with emphasis in drug and alcohol counseling.

Dr. Atwood earned Bachelor's degree of sociology at Brigham Young University with emphasis in research and analysis and minors in business administration and psychology, a Masters of Social work at Wichita State University, and a Doctorate degree at Northcentral University. He is very happy to have the opportunity to work at Walden University to help give back what other teachers gave him when he was a student.


PhD, Northcentral University

MSW, Wichita State University

BS, Brigham Young University