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Dr. Jennifer J. Matthews, LPC, NCC, ACS

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Associate Professor
Department of Counseling
450G Pawley Hall
(248) 370-4181
[email protected]

Courses Taught

Master level
Counseling Practicum
Diversity and Social Justice Issues
Clinical Counseling Skills
Reaction to Significant Loss

Doctoral level
Advanced Counseling Practicum (doctoral level)
Advanced Clinical Supervision (doctoral level)

Please refer to the department website for advising hours.

My research interests focus on grief and loss in the African American community (death and non-death losses) and grief competencies in counselor education. Specifically, I have explored grief experiences/counseling within the African American community and the help-seeking behaviors of African Americans. My interest in these issues stems from personal reflections and my clinical experiences working with bereaved clients and facilitating grief support groups. I consistently publish in peer-reviewed journals and present at international, national, state, and regional conferences.


  • University of Central Florida, Ph.D. (2012) Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Wayne State University, M.A. (2009) Community Counseling & School Counseling
  • Bowling Green State University, B.A. (2003) Spanish with a minor in International Business
Professional Service
  • Vice President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (2024-25)
  • President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (2025-26)

I am always willing to involve students in my research, writing, and presenting. If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact me.

Wheat, L. S., Matthews, J. M. &, Whiting, P. P. (2022). Grief content inclusion in CACREP-accredited counselor educator programs. Journal of Counselor Preparation and  Supervision.\(15), 2.

Matthews, J. J., Fonseca, F. D., Varnado Johnson, C. D. (2021). Help-seeking behaviors of African Americans after a death-related loss. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 49(1), 60-71. 

Matthews, J. J., Barden, S. M., & Sherrell, R. S. (2018). Multicultural competence, multicultural self-efficacy, and ethnic identity development of mental health counselors. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 40(2), 129-141.

Barden, S. M., Sherrell, R. S., Matthews, J. J. (2017). A national survey on multicultural competence for professional counselors: A replication study. Journal of Counseling and Development, 95(2), 203-212.

Matthews, J. J., & Lyons, M. L. (2015). Phenomenological experiences of African American males in the aftermath of the Zimmerman trial. Journal of Counselor Practice, 6, 25-38. 

Carlson, R. G., Fripp, J., Munyon, M. D., Daire, A. P., Johnson, J. M., & DeLorenzi, L. (2014).

Examining Passive and Active Recruitment Methods for Low-Income Couples in Relationship Education. Journal of Marriage and Family Review(50)1, 76-91.  

Johnson, J. M., & Lambie, G. W. (2013). Ethnic identity and social-cognitive maturity in a multicultural group experience. Counselor Education and Supervision, 52(3), 193-206. 

Daire, A. P., Turk, J., Johnson, J. M., Dominquez, V. (2013). Parental bonding and its effect on adolescent substance use and sexual debut. Adultspan Journal(12)1, 54-64. 

Johnson, J. M., & Lambie, G. W. (2012). A multicultural personal growth group as a pedagogical strategy with graduate counseling students. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 12(3), 125-141. 

O’Morain, P., McAuliffe, G. J., Conroy, K. Johnson, J. M., & Michel, B. (2012). Counseling in Ireland. Journal of  Counseling and Development, 90(3), 367-372. 

Duca, F., Saxe, B., Johnson, J. (2010). Factors influencing staff perceptions of the organizational environment of clubhouses. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 37(4), 334-344.

Department of Counseling

Pawley Hall, Room 450J
456 Pioneer Dr.
456 Pioneer Dr., MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2018