Matthew Vialva

Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Adjunct Professor

Education: EdD, MSW

Industry Expertise: clinical social work, organizational leadership

Research Interest: critical reflection, midcareer professionals, and organizational leadership.


Dr. Matthew Vialva is a licensed clinical social worker and therapist located in Washington, DC with extensive experience working with youth, adults, and families. Over the course of his professional career, Dr. Vialva has had the opportunity of conducting and executing professional and leadership roles in various settings, with diverse populations, spanning K-12 education, higher education, health care, and the nonprofit sector. Additionally, he has been an invited guest panelist and speaker for various events, some at noted organizations and universities including Harvard University, Boston College, Goldman Sacs’ Inc. 5000 Vision Conference, and the John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington, DC. He is also the CEO and founder of MULTIVIOUS Behavioral and Leadership Group, a Washington, DC-based behavioral health private practice and leadership consulting firm. Dr. Vialva has a BA in Psychology from Hampton University, an MSW in Clinical Social Work from Boston College, and an EdD in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University. His doctoral research sought to uncover the mean-making of mid-career professionals as they aspired to leadership roles in the Baltimore-Washington DC region. Specifically, how mid-career professionals critically reflected on their various decisions and choices made overtime as they navigated their aspirations for leadership roles.