Loyola University Maryland

Department of Psychology

Kolvenbach Summer Research Program

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KolvenbachBased on the work of Rev. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Loyola supports two programs designed to foster socially-engaged research: the Kolvenbach Fellows Program and the Kolvenbach Summer Research Grant Program. These programs encourage research that strengthens the work of non-profit organizations and agencies working in Baltimore. The program seeks to assist these community-based organizations by conducting research that they do not have the resources to obtain otherwise and supports faculty who wish to pursue socially-engaged research.

This program invites proposals from faculty, students, staff, and administrators to conduct summer research projects that address the needs of a community agency or organization located in the city of Baltimore. There are two separate applications: one for undergraduate students and one for all other eligible applicants. All grantees receive a stipend of $3,500.

Applications are due by 5pm on the first Friday each spring semester.

For more information visit the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Applications are due by 5pm on the first Friday each spring semester. For more information visit the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs online at: http://www.loyola.edu/department/orsp/institutionalfunding/kolvenbach.aspx.

Previous Psychology Recipients


Tiphanie G. Sutton M.S., Clnical Thesis Track, Psychology
Martin F. Sherman, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

Community Agency: Office of Teacher Support and Development of Baltimore City Public Schools
Supporting and Sustaining Educators of Baltimore City Public Schools: An Evaluation of the New Teacher Induction Program.


Alison Papadakis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology
Doing unto others: Understanding and preventing relational aggression and bullying among students in Catholic schools.


Heather E. Dark, M.S., Clinical Thesis Track, Psychology
Stephanie Flores-Koulish, Ph.D., Education Specialties
Community Agency: Greater Homewood Community Corporation along with Barclay & Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle Schools
Investigating the Digital Divide in Two Baltimore City Schools to Enhance Community Involvement.


JungGeum Im, M.S., Clinical Thesis Track, Psychology
Community Agency: Joseph Richey Hospice
Relation between Resilience-related Traits and Volunteerism at Hospice.


Karina Chapman, Psy.D., Clinical Psychology
Supporting Chase Brexton Health Service (CBHS) gold standard of care in mental health assisting CBHS in their mission of providing integrated care to the “whole person” and improving accessibility of quality health care for diverse communities.

Laveena Khanchandani, M.A., Clinical Practitioner Track in Psychology
Cost-benefit analysis of “Housing First” working with St. Vincent’s DePaul, Beans & Bread Center and Home Connections to examine whether participating in permanent supportive housing provides individuals with an opportunity to earn stable sources of income, make more progress toward recovery, and become more active and productive members of their communities.

Kristie Harris, M.S., Clinical Thesis Track in Psychology
Examination of the effectiveness of interventions designed to increase emotional intelligence in a job training program serving undereducated and underemployed women providing the Caroline Center with empirical support for this chosen method. With an empirically sound investigation, the Caroline Center will have data to support its program and reinforce the quality of work it conducts.

Mary Jo Coiro, Ph.D., Director of Behavioral Health and Assessment Services
Ms. Carin Feldman, Director of Speech and Language Pathology
Interdisciplinary social skills preventative intervention being offered by the Loyola Clinical Centers in partnership with the St. Ambrose Summer Camp.