Shirley Matthews

Shirley Matthews joined Columbia Health in 2009. Prior to Columbia, Shirley was the director of counseling services at Seton Hall University. She received her B.A. from Hamilton College, M.A. in organizational psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from New York University. Shirley completed her doctoral internship in psychology at Gouverneur Hospital and Bellevue Hospital in New York City.

First and foremost, Shirley sees herself as a generalist who is deeply interested in the developmental issues of young adults. Additional areas of focus include community level mental health interventions, positive psychology, and the development of intuitive eating strategies as a means of developing optimal weight, health and fitness. Shirley also has a strong interest in developmental and acculturation issues, especially those of professional women of color. She also specializes in the treatment of individual, group and relationship counseling.


  • Ph.D., New York University
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • B.A., Hamilton College

Certifications and Licensure:

  • Licensed to practice psychology in the State of New York and the State of New Jersey

Professional Experience:

  • Private practice, South Orange, NJ
  • Counseling Services, Seton Hall University

Published Articles:

  • Making It: Black Women Middle Managers - A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Black Women Who Have Held Middle Management Positions in U.S. Corporations. VDM Verlag, 2009

Languages Spoken:

  • English