Erin E. Bonar, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychiatry
U-M Addiction Center
Adjunct Associate Professor in Psychology in LS&A


Erin E. Bonar, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor with tenure in the Department of Psychiatry as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. She studies ways to prevent and treat substance use disorders spanning developmental periods of adolescence, emerging adulthood and adulthood. Her work uses novel technologies including social media, telemedicine, and patient portal approaches. Her work often employs Motivational Interviewing and she is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

Areas of Interest


  • Substance use disorder treatment
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Cognitive behavioral therapies


  • Optimizing substance use interventions across community settings, including health care settings and tertiary substance use disorder treatment, particularly among emerging adults.
  • Understanding and reducing substance use and concomitant risk behaviors (e.g., sexual/HIV, impaired driving, prescription opioid overdose), and related negative consequences (sexual assault, injury) among underserved populations.
  • Employing technologies in the prevention and treatment of substance use to increase scalability and public health impact.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan, Addiction Research Center
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Bowling Green State University
  • Clinical Psychology Internship, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Bowling Green State University
  • B.S., Psychology, Northern Kentucky University

Published Articles or Reviews