Loyola University Maryland


Carolyn M. Barry, Ph.D.

Carolyn BarryProfessor of Psychology

Office: Beatty Hall, Room 212
Telephone: 410-617-5325
Email: CBarry@loyola.edu


  • B.S. (Psychology with minors in Sociology, Spanish & Secondary Education, summa cum laude with Departmental Honors in Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa), Ursinus College
  • Ph.D. (Human Development, Educational Psychology specialization), University of Maryland, College Park

Scholarly Interests:

Research interests include social and self development during adolescence and emerging adulthood. Current ongoing research projects include emerging adults conceptualizations of criteria for adulthood and their relation to self-perceptions, temperament, spirituality, close relationships with parents, romantic partners, and friends and marriage readiness.

Representative Publications:

Barry, C. M. & Abo-Zena, M. M. (2014). Emerging Adults' Religiousness and Spirituality:
     Meaning-Making in an Age of Transition.
New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Pollard, C. A.**, Barry, C. M., Freedman, B. H., & Kotchick, B. A. (in press). Relationship quality as
     a moderator of anxiety in siblings of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders or
     Down Syndrome. Journal of Child and Family Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10826-012-9618-9

Barry, C. M., Padilla-Walker, L. M., & Nelson, L. J.  (2012).  The role of mothers and media on
     emerging adults’ religious faith and practices by way of internalization of prosocial values.
     Journal of Adult Development, 19(2), 66-78. doi: 10.1007/s10804-011-9135-x

Steffe, M.*, & Barry, C. M.  (2012).  The challenges in the transition to adulthood for foster care
     youth: A literature review. Modern Psychological Studies,17(2), 43-49.

Festa, C. C.**, Barry, C. M., Sherman, M. F., & Grover, R. L.  (2012).  Quality of college students’
     same-sex friendships as a function of personality and interpersonal competence. Psychological
     Reports, 110
(1), 283-296. doi: 10.2466/

Barry, C. M., & Nelson, L. J. (2011). Religiosity in adolescence and emerging adulthood. In R.
     Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia on adolescence (pp. 2339-2352).  New York, NY:  Springer.

Wentzel, K., Fillisetti, L., &  Barry, C. (2011). Prosocial behavior.  In R. Levesque (Ed.),
     Encyclopedia on adolescence (pp. 2188-2195). New York, NY:  Springer.

Barry, C. M., & Madsen, S. D. (2010). Friends and friendships. In T. Clydesdale (Ed.) Who are
     emerging adults?
Washington, DC: Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults Project.
     Retrieved from http://changingsea.org/barry.htm

Boling, M. W.**, Barry, C. M., Lowry, J., & Kotchick, B. A.  (2011). The relations among parent-child
     attachment, perceived social competence, and early adolescents’ friendship quality.
     Psychological Reports, 109(3), 819-841. doi:10.2466/ 819-841

Barry, C. M., Nelson, L. J., Davarya, S.**, & Urry, S.**  (2010). Religiosity and spirituality during the
     transition to adulthood.  International Journal of Behavioral Development, 34(4), 311-324.
     doi: 10.1177/0165025409350964.

* Denotes undergraduate student coauthor
** Denotes graduate student coauthor

Course Offerings:

PY101: Introductory Psychology*   
PY241D: Child Psychology*        
PY242D: Adolescent Psychology*            
PY243D: Adult Development*                          
PY244: Lifespan Development*
PY418/PL407: Marriage and Family through the Lens of
                   Catholic Social Thought and Developmental Psychology
PY664: Advanced Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
PY706: Introduction to Clinical Experiences: Service-Learning

D Indicates Coures that Meet the Diversity Course Requirement
* Indicates Courses that Meet the Service-Learning Requirement