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Professor, Creative Arts Therapies Department, Concordia University

Bonnie Harnden, MA, RDT, is a drama therapist, psychoanalyst, couples and family therapist, and Associate Professor in Concordia University’s Creative Arts Therapies Department, where she is the Option Coordinator for the Drama Therapy Program. She has developed and is coordinating a new Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy. Her previous work focused on the effects of trauma and its impact on development in children and adults. Her current work focuses on factors that support the resolution of trauma and that create resilience. Bonnie was the recipient of the 2019 Concordia President’s Excellence in Teaching award. She was awarded the 2017 Research Award from the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) for her play and film You Arrive (in production), based on her therapeutic work and research with suicidal youth at Montreal Children’s Hospital. In 2018 she was awarded the NADTA Teaching Excellence Award.


  • –present
    Professor, Concordia University


  • 1996 
    Concordia University, Master of Arts