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Coronavirus Updates

Faculty Experts

The list of Loyola University Maryland experts below can provide expertise on the latest coronavirus pandemic. For further assistance please contact Molly Robey, assistant director, communications, at mkrobey@loyola.edu or 410-617-1334.

Business, Marketing, and IT

Theresa Jefferson, D.Sc., associate professor of information systems, specializes in risk and disaster management and can discuss businesses and their response to the coronavirus crisis from an IT perspective.

Karyl Leggio, Ph.D., professor of finance, can talk about market volatility, corporate challenges, and risk management issues created by the coronavirus.

John Michel, Ph.D., associate professor of management, specializes in industrial psychology and can discuss workplace issues, such as employee sick leave related to the coronavirus.

Kerry Tan, Ph.D., associate professor of economics, specializes in air travel and can discuss airline policies, changing itineraries, waivers, cancellations and other airline-related topics.

Michael Runnels, Ph.D., associate professor of law and social responsibility, can discuss the coronavirus and business. He specializes in city issues, business and government ethics, and China.

Crisis Communications and Social Media

Greg Hoplamazian, Ph.D., associate professor of communication, specializes in media psychology with an emphasis on advertising effectiveness and how social media play a role in persuasion. He can speak on how this crisis is so different from others, how social media has played a positive and negative role during the pandemic, and what health communicators could do to better address the concerns of the public.


Gayle Cicero, Ed.D., clinical assistant professor in the School Counseling program, can give tips on talking to your kids about the coronavirus, coping with disappointment caused by coronavirus cancellations, practicing mindfulness, and preventing and managing trauma associated with the pandemic.

Stephanie Flores-Koulish, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the Curriculum & Instruction for Social Justice program, specializes in media literacy and can share tips on managing your child’s screen time while they’re in self quarantine as well as how to critically analyze news about the virus.

Kelly Keane, Ed.D., senior lecturer and director of the Educational Technology Program, can discuss the shift to online learning and share virtual learning resources for parents and students.

Molecular Virology

Andrew Marshall, M.S., senior laboratory technician and molecular virologist, can speak on the science and data around the coronavirus. He can address questions such as when could the virus come to an end? Will warmer weather help the virus taper off? How long does the virus stay on surfaces? Why do some people have more symptoms than others? Why does it take so long to develop testing and vaccines?


Theresa DiDonato, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and author of the Psychology Today blog, “Meet, Catch, and Keep,” can give tips on managing the stress of social isolation and maintaining a healthy romantic relationship during the current pandemic. 

A series of coronavirus conversational videos have been posted by Loyola University Maryland’s psychology department.