Erin E. Bonar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
U-M Addiction Center
Practicing Clinical Psychologist with U-M Addiction Treatment Services
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Psychology in LS&A


Erin E. Bonar, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. She investigates the links between substance use and risky behaviors, particularly HIV risk behaviors, in vulnerable populations with special attention to the role of social cognitive factors.

Dr. Bonar is interested in developing and adapting interventions augmented by mHealth for prevention and treatment of substance use and related conditions. She is also involved in medical education and teaches Motivational Interviewing to medical trainees.

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

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