Loyola University Maryland

Department of Psychology

Department News

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Welcome from the Department Chair!

Beth A Kotchick

Welcome to the psychology department website! We are eager for you to learn about all the exciting events, fantastic people, and impressive accomplishments of our department, so I hope you spend some time exploring our site and learning more about us. First, let me introduce the newest members of our esteemed faculty. Dr. Julie O’Reilly joins us as an assistant clinical professor with expertise in clinical neuropsychology. Dr. O’Reilly will be supervising graduate students at the Loyola Clinical Centers (LCC), where she will also serve as the Coordinator for Assessment Services within the Psychology Division of the LCC. Dr. O’Reilly will be teaching courses in assessment, biopsychology and neuroscience at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. We also are delighted to have Dr. Samantha Rukert join our department as a visiting affiliate assistant professor. Dr. Rukert, who has been teaching part-time for our department for the past several years, will be teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of psychopathology, ethics and historical foundations of psychology. 

The department is a vibrant community of teachers, scholars, clinicians, students and staff united in their dedication to the highest standards in education and training for future psychologists and the promotion of the discipline of psychology.  Throughout this site you will find information about the exciting research, leadership, advocacy and training activities that our faculty and students engage in every day. Here are just a few highlights:

  • The faculty of the psychology department recently affirmed their commitment to diversity and inclusion by participating in a two-day diversity retreat that culminated in the development of the department’s diversity statement.
  • Our doctoral program (Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology) was reaccredited by the American Psychological Association in May 2013, an achievement that speaks volumes about the quality of teaching, training and professional mentorship provided by our faculty and the excellence of our students. 
  • In Fall 2013, we launched a newly revised curriculum for the master’s programs that nicely reflect advances in the field and better positions students for meeting recent changes in licensure requirements.
  • Revisions to our undergraduate major curriculum have now been fully implemented to offer students more flexibility in scheduling the courses that are of most interest to them and to expand their opportunities to engage in research and field experience. 
  • The Center for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Brain Injury and Disorders (CPRBID) at the Loyola Clinical Centers was officially established in 2012, with support from the Stulman Foundation. Under the supervision of Dr. Chris Higginson, psychology graduate students conduct neuropsychological testing within an innovative interdisciplinary team setting for clients suffering with a wide range of brain disorders, including stroke, traumatic brain injury and dementia.

We hope that you find what you are looking for on our site, whether that is information about the psychology major at Loyola or our graduate programs, information about current research opportunities, updates on your favorite faculty and alumni or general information about the field of psychology and Loyola University Maryland. If you can’t find what you need, or you have ideas or information to contribute to our site, please contact Ms. Traci Martino at 410-617-2175 or tpmartino@loyola.edu.

Thank you!
Dr. Beth Kotchick

Beth A. Kotchick, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Psychology

Special Recognition                                Faculty Spotlight

Jeffrey E Barnett
Congratulations to Jeff Barnett, Ph.D.
who was recently named the Associate
Dean to the College of Arts & Sciences 

Previous Recognitions >>
Teresa DiDonato
Theresa DiDonato, Ph.D. on the succes
of her feature blog on Psychology Today
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Past Spotlights >> 

New Faculty

Samantha Rukert, Psy.D.
Visiting Affiliate Assistant
Professor of Psychology

Julie O'Reilly, Psy.D.
Assessment Coordinator,
Psychology Division of the
Loyola Clinical Centers

Recent Publications                                Special Features 

  Faculty in Press                                                                    Congrats Newlyweds
  Student Articles                                                                    New Babies

News & Events                                         Student Spotlight 

New Psy.D. Class  
Masters Field Education Fair 
MPAGS Convention 
Phi Beta Kappa Induction 
Plotkin Scholarship Awards 
Research Methods Poster Session 
Emerging Scholars Graduate Research
Undergraduate Student Research &
     Scholarship Colloquium   
Undergraduate Updates 
Masters Updates 
PsyD Updates 
Alumni Updates 


Mark Pierson, M.S. Clinical Thesis Track,
was interviewed by Loyola Magazine
Regarding this research on postpartum anxiety
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Past Spotlights >>

Feature Videos                                

 Masters Colloquia
 LCPC Licensure Information
 Industrial-Organizational Psychology  
 Advanced Statistics Guest Lecturer