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Is Psychology a Brain or a Social Science? (PY101)

By examining significant areas of psychological theory and research, this course will attempt to answer the question: Is psychology a brain or a social science?  The course provides, in a seminar setting, an introduction to the discipline and the psychology major, as well as a assessment of the primacy of our biology and our social setting (and its history) as the cause of complex human behaviors.

Faculty Biography

Andrew Futterman received his BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown CT, and his PhD in Clinical Psychology and Aging and Development from Washington University in St. Louis in 1987.  He completed an NIMH/APA Clinical Psychology and Aging internship at Hutching Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, NY in 1981-1982.  After receiving his PhD,  he completed postdoctoral fellowships in in Clinical Pharmacology (1987-89) and Geriatrics (1989-90) at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Andrew joins the faculty in the Psychology Department at Loyola this year after spending 25 years at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. where he was a full professor. During his time at Holy Cross, he taught courses in his specialty area of psychology and aging,  in research methods, and more advanced courses in the diagnosis and treatment of functional impairments and mental illness in later life.  At Holy Cross, he was also Chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee and director of the College’s Health Professions Program from 1996-2015.

Andrew has authored or coauthored more than 30 papers on the assessment and treatment of mental illness in later life, and critical commentaries on research methods in psychiatry and psychology.  Many of these articles have appeared in leading journals and many include student coauthors.  Outlets for my research have included Journal Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Psychology and Aging, Annals of Internal Medicine, Journals of Gerontology, and Psychological Assessment, among others.  He is an ad hoc reviewer for several of these journals as well.

In addition, Andrew also received grants from the National Institute of Health/National Institute on Aging to assess the effects of aging and stress on religious involvement in late middle age and later life, a focus of his research going forward at Loyola.

Introduction to Theology: The Sense of Belonging (TH201)

Theology is the study of three relationships:  with God, with others, and with ourselves.  This course seeks to understand those relationships through reading, discussing, and writing about classic texts in theology beginning with the Bible.  Along the way we will ask: How do we belong to God?  What is alienation from God and from others? In what ways can we experience the good life by establishing or renewing our relationships?  Where do I belong in my family, in my community, and in a global setting?

Faculty Biography

Dr. Arthur M. Sutherland is an Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. He has advanced degrees from Yale University Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary. He did research in Germany and Switzerland for his doctoral dissertation.  His book I Was a Stranger: A Theology of Christian Hospitality, which addresses topics like immigration, exile, and violence, was nominated to receive the Grawemeyer Award for Religion.  His work has been featured in USA Today and other publications.  

Mentor Biography

Megan Henry joined the Loyola community in August 2012 and is the Assistant Director of Disability Support Services. Prior to her career in higher education Megan worked as an educator in the public school system. Megan earned a B.S. in Psychology from Towson University and a M.S. in Special Education from McDaniel College.
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