Dr. Jayna Bonfini

Assistant Professor/ Licensed Professional Counselor, Cal U Counseling Center

Department of Student Affairs


Jayna Bonfini has significant research, teaching, and clinical experience with adolescents and young adults struggling with various mental health issues, trauma histories, and substance abuse problems. A licensed professional counselor, master addiction counselor, and a nationally certified counselor, she has specific training in motivational interviewing, dialectal behavioral therapy, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) to offer an integrated approach that meets the needs of her clients.

Dr. Bonfini was trained clinically at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and has experience working with justice-involved adolescents and adults, and with adolescents and adults struggling with transitional issues. Dr. Bonfini has presented at numerous local, state, and national conferences on counseling related topics from trauma therapy to ethical decision-making to self-esteem to diversity in graduate school programs. Prior to her clinical work, she worked as a health care policy analyst and advocate for access to care in Washington, D.C.  

Research Interests

Trauma; attachment; suicidality and para-suicidal behaviors; adolescent mental health; transitional and developmental (e.g., emerging adulthood) issues; co-occurring disorders; professional ethics (e.g., clinician-client relationship, confidentiality and privacy) and teaching professional ethics; research design and methodology.

  • B.A. Liberal Arts: Georgetown University
  • M.A. Philosophy: Carnegie Mellon University
  • M.S. Professional Counseling: Waynesburg University
  • Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision: Duquesne University

Email: bonfini@calu.edu

Phone: 724-938-4056

Office: Carter Hall, First Floor; Counseling Center