Dr. Barrett Bonella, LCSW, PhD

BSW Program Director

Office: Lindquist Hall Building - Room 326

Email: barrettbonella@weber.edu

Barrett Bonella, PhD, LCSW is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Weber State University.  He earned his undergraduate degree in psychology and Spanish from Westminster College and completed his MSW and PhD in Social Work at the University of Utah. Barrett has worked in the social work field since 2001 when he worked as a crisis counselor for a hospital in Salt Lake City. Since then, he has worked as a psychiatric technician, clinical therapist, instructor, research assistant, community organizer, policy consultant, clinical supervisor and as a clinical director. He’s been full time faculty at Weber State University since 2013 where he teaches Introduction to Social Work; Social Welfare Policy History, Development, and Advocacy; Social Work Research, and Social Work Practice III: Macro Practice.  When he's not teaching, he works as a Clinical Director for Youth Futures shelter for youth and pursues research in the areas of mental health and criminal justice, program evaluation, community engagement practices, and the use of power in shaping social movements.  He’s passionate about social movements, systems theory, social justice, harm reduction, the LGBTQ+ community, and anti-oppressive practices.  He credits much of his happiness and sanity to his spouse Giovanna and sons Vinny, Trent, and Gabriel.


SW 1010 - Introduction to Social Work
SW 3500 - Social Work and Policy Development
SW 3700 - Social Work Research
SW 3930 - Social Work Macro Practice II
SW 5020 - Social Welfare Policy