Loyola University Maryland

Department of Psychology

Faculty Spotlight

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Dr. ShermanDr. Martin Sherman was chosen by the Maryland Psychological Association as the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Scientific and Research Contributions to Psychology. Presented on October 24, 2008 at the Annual Convention of the Maryland Psychological Association (MPA), this award is given in recognition of a Maryland psychologist who has demonstrated dedication and commitment to, and excellence in, psychological science and research.

The MPA is proud to recognize Dr. Sherman’s research of the emotion of disgust and the study of silencing the self as cognitive schema employed in intimate relationships. His teaching of sound statistical and research methods to future generations of psychologists contributes to the field of Psychology and to maintaining its strength and unique place as a research-based profession in behavioral health care. His expertise contributed enormously to the success of MPA’s recent project centered on accurate assessment on access to mental health care in Maryland.

Dr. Sherman earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology from the University of Maine. He was hired by former Department Chair, Dr. Greg Helweg, in 1975 as an Assistant Professor of Psychology. “At the time there were only 6 other faculty members—five men and one women,” said Dr. Sherman.

Dr. Sherman was promoted to Associate Professor in 1982 and Full Professor of Psychology in 1988.

He has contributed to over 70 research publications and holds memberships with several psychological boards and associations. He has played a pivotal role here in the Psychology Department as well, becoming  the Director of Masters Education, Thesis Track four years ago and coordinating the Alan Plotkin Scholarship program for the last eight years.

Dr. Sherman was featured in the Spring 2008 issue of Loyola Evergreen. His study of the World Trade Center evacuation on September 11th was highlighted in the magazine. Copies can still be requested from the Office of Public Relations located in the Humanities Building T-12A or by calling (410) 617-5025.

His forthcoming paper on elevation will also be featured on the Washington Post’s online news magazine, Slate. Watch for Dr. Sherman’s interview at http://www.slate.com.

“I’ve really enjoyed working here,” said Dr. Sherman, “and am looking forward to all of the new and innovative ideas our future students will bring.”