Mary Bonsu, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in caring for children who experience chronic and acute pain. Working as part of the dedicated team at the Pediatric Center for Pain Management at Children’s Health℠, Dr. Bonsu evaluates and treats children, adolescents and young adults who experience nerve pain, headaches, pain associated with cancer and blood disorders, chronic pain due to injury and other related complex pain conditions. She also serves as a consultation-liaison to the Center for Pain Management at Children’s Health.
Dr. Bonsu earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Regent University and completed a fellowship in pediatric psychology with a focus on neurodevelopmental disorders and pediatric headache. She has received additional specialized training in pediatric hypnosis and motivational interviewing. Dr. Bonsu is a member of the American Psychological Association division of Society of Pediatric Psychology. She is also a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain and Special Interest Group – Pain in Childhood.
As an assistant professor of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern, Dr. Bonsu provides clinical training for doctoral candidates and postdoctoral fellows in evidence-based protocols to treat and support children experiencing pain and chronic health conditions.
Dr. Bonsu currently serves as a co-investigator for several ongoing research projects through both Children’s Health and UT Southwestern. Her research focuses on experiences or beliefs that impact the emotional well-being of children diagnosed with conditions such as sickle cell disease, cancer or other blood disorders as well as psychological outcomes of patients with chronic pain. Dr. Bonsu is a regularly invited speaker at many national conferences and provides educational lectures for other medical professionals at Children’s Health.
Dr. Bonsu is passionate about volunteering. She is a board member with Camp Jubilee, a summer camp designed for children with sickle cell disease. She also serves on the Committee for the Recruitment and Retention of Minority Students and Faculty, a program within UT Southwestern’s graduate program in Psychology.
Education and Training
- Lakeview Specialty Hospital and Rehab Center (2007), Pediatric Psychology
- Akron Childrens Hospital GME (2008), Pediatric Psychology
- Graduate School
- Regent University (2007)
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS or RSD)
- Headache and Migraine
- Musculoskeletal Pain
- Neuropathic Pain
Pediatric Acute and Chronic Pain
Departments and Programs
Quality of Life in Chronic Pain
- Society for Pediatric Psychology
- Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy
- Dallas Psychological Association