Maria Boccia


Dr. Maria Boccia

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Address130 Essex Street
South Hamilton, MA 1982
Phone978-468-7111
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Professor of Pastoral Counseling and Psychology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

B.A., State University of New York at Geneseo,
M.S., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts,
M.A., Denver Seminary,
D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminar,

Dr. Boccia joined the faculty at Gordon-Conwell Charlotte in the 2008 spring semester. She comes to Gordon-Conwell with 22 years of teaching experience, most recently at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she served for seven years as the director of the observational methods core and taught workshops and seminars for faculty, postdoctoral and graduate students, and other staff.

Dr. Boccia’s most recent work has been as a therapist at the Center for Psychological and Family Services and as a scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, a position she has held since 1993. The Institute is an early childhood research center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since moving to Gordon-Conwell—Charlotte, she has maintained a position as adjunct associate professor of Psychiatry at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Boccia is the recipient of more than 15 grants for psychological research, has received more than 10 awards and honors for her work both as a scientist and as a teacher, and is a member of several professional organizations, including American Association of Christian Counselors, American Board of Christian Sex Therapists, and International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. Dr. Boccia has also conducted psychological and biomedical research, and has published more than 80 articles in recognized journals.

Dr. Boccia is a licensed counselor and marriage and family therapist in North Carolina as well as a certified sex therapist with the American Society of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists and with the American Board of Christian Sex Therapists.

Dr. Boccia holds a doctorate in zoology from the University of Massachusetts, completed post-doctoral work in developmental psychology at the University of Denver, and holds a D. Min. in marriage and family counseling from Gordon-Conwell.

Areas of Interest

Counseling and Psychology



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