Loyola University Maryland

Department of Psychology

Masters Awards & Honors

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Mark Pierson, M.S. Clinical Thesis Track, received the Graduate Medal for Achievement Excellence in Psychology at this year's Emerging Scholars: A Celebration of Graduate Research poster session for his research in postpartum anxiety. Mark was interviewed by Loyola Magazine regarding the development of his research, which focuses on creating a screening tool to help diagnose and treat postpartum anxiety, a different condition that requires separate treatments. 

  Brett Kirkpatrick, M.S. Counseling Practitioner Track in Psychology
Received Kolvenbach Summer Research Grant for Community Agency:
Greater Govans Community Food Assessment (GEDCO)


The Maryland Psychological Association Graduate Students (MPAGS) have won a prestigious APAGS award as Outstanding State, Provincial and Territorial Association of the Year. The $1,500 award recognizes a State, Provincial, and Territorial Association for superior performance in promoting graduate student development, involvement, and joint APAGS/SPTA membership. The award was presented to MPA and MPAGS representatives at the 2010 State Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. Congratulations to all the hard working MPAGS officers and members - we are so proud of you! Our grateful thanks, once again, to Dr. Jeffrey Barnett, MPAGS Advisor, for his invaluable help and for heading up the award application process! If you are, or know of, a psychology graduate student who is not a member of MPAGS, they are really missing out! Check their activities on the MPA website and join!

The Psychology Student Professional Development Award committee has awarded partial funding for the following
Masters student professional development endeavors:

  • Masters student, Catherine Foster, for presenting research at the International Meeting for Autism Research
  • Masters student, Tony Bonadio, for presenting research at the Society for Research in Child Development conference
  • Masters student, Saaniya Bedi, for purchasing software needed to conduct her thesis project
  • Masters student, Julia Hernandez, for presenting research at the Society for Personality Assessment Annual Meeting