Jonathan Mattanah


Professor; Clinical Psychology


Contact Info

LA 3147


Ph.D. & Master's in Clinical Psychology, University of
California at Berkeley, 1999

Bachelor's in Psychology, Yale University, 1991

Pre-doctoral clinical internship,
Stanford's Children's Hospital
& the Children's Health Clinic

Areas of Expertise

Adult Psychopathology

Attachment Theory

College Student Adjustment

Emerging Adulthood

Psychotherapy Practice


Research Methods


Dr. Mattanah was appointed Assistant Professor of Psychology at Towson University in 1999, promoted to Associate Professor in 2004, and to Full Professor in 2011.

Dr. Mattanah is a professor in Clinical Psychology area at Towson University.  For this program, he teaches courses in psychotherapy, clinical supervision, and advanced developmental psychology.  Within the undergraduate and graduate programs, Dr. Mattanah teaches courses such as: 

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Human Development
  • Systems and Techniques of Psychotherapy
  • Behavioral Statistics
  • Research Methods in Psychology

Dr. Mattanah also teaches specialized courses on topics such as:

  • Attachment Theory
  • Children’s Literature
  • Emerging Adult Development
  • Family Psychology
  • Psychoanalysis

Research Interests

Dr. Mattanah’s research interests focus broadly on lifespan development with a particular interest in those factors that predict social and emotional development during emerging adulthood (Ages 18-25).  He examines family factors, attachment security, and romantic and close friendship relationships as important determinants of socio-emotional development and optimal outcomes during the transition into, through, and out of the emerging adult years.  Dr. Mattanah’s research has been published in significant journals in developmental and counseling psychology, including The Journal of Counseling Psychology, The Journal of College Student Development, and Personal Relationships.


Clinical Interests

Dr. Mattanah specializes in the treatment of adults and adolescents with a variety of forms of psychopathology but with a particular emphasis on anxiety disorders, depression, and major life transitions. He practices part-time as a clinician at the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute and maintains his own private practice.


Selected Publications

Mattanah, J.F. (2016).  College Student Psychological Development:  Exploring Relational Dynamics that Predict Success.  Momentum Press.  Available on Amazon.

Mattanah, J. F., Lopez, F. G., & Govern, J. M. (2011). The Contributions of Parental Attachment Bonds to College Student Development and Adjustment: A Meta-Analytic Review. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 58, 565-596. PDF.

Mattanah, J.F., Ayers, J., Brand, B., Brooks, L., Quimby, J., & McNary, S. (2010). A social support intervention to ease the college transition: Exploring main effects and moderators. Journal of College Student Development, 51, 93-108. PDF.

Mattanah, J. F., Hancock, G., & Brand, B. L. (2004). Parental attachment, separation-individuation, and college student adjustment: a structural equation analysis of mediational effects. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 51, 213-225. PDF.