Loyola University Maryland

Department of Pastoral Counseling


Gina Magyar-Russell, Ph.D.

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Elizabeth A. Maynard

Associate Professor of Pastoral Counseling

Loyola University Maryland
Pastoral Counseling Department
8890 McGaw Road
Suite 380W
Columbia, MD 21045


Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
M.A., Bowling Green State University
B.A., University of Michigan

Dr. Gina Magyar-Russell is Associate Professor of Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University Maryland and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. She is a licensed psychologist in Maryland who specializes in psychological and spiritual adjustment following adverse health events, with particular emphasis on treatment of anxiety, mood, and spiritual problems among patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD). She has co-authored several papers on religiousness, spirituality and health, as well as depression and anxiety, in a variety of medical patient populations. Dr. Magyar-Russell recently completed a study funded by the American Heart Association examining the prevalence and functional impact of anxiety disorders among cardiac patients who have received an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). She maintains active research interests in the areas of religious and spiritual coping and religious struggle, and integrates religion and spirituality into her supervision of psychotherapy.

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