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Faculty Experts

The list of Loyola University Maryland experts below can provide expertise on the latest coronavirus pandemic. For further assistance please contact Rita Buettner, director, university communications, at or 410-617-2146.

Business, Marketing, and IT

Hung-bin Ding, Ph.D., associate professor of management, can talk about COVID-19 impacts on small and family businesses, U.S.-China trade war and relationship.

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.

JP Krahel, Ph.D., associate professor of accounting, can speak to economic recovery, lost tax revenue, tax issues, and personal finances surrounding COVID-19.

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.

Gloria Phillips-Wren, Ph.D., professor of information systems, can talk about data and analytics during COVID-19, cell phone location tracking, cybersecurity, data breaches.

Jeremy Schwartz, Ph.D., associate professor of economics, can provide commentary on unemployment from the coronavirus, labor economics, and unions.

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.

Crisis Communications and Social Media

Elliot King, Ph.D., professor of communication, researches strategic planning in online education and the political history of the American media. He can provide commentary on the online learning environment and techniques on engaging students.

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 to how brands are advertising and speaking to consumers during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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.

Kaye Wise Whitehead, Ph.D., professor of communication, African, and African American Studies, can discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting African American communities.


David Carey Jr., Ph.D., professor and Doehler Chair in history, specializes in Latin American History, Indigenous peoples, gender, and oral history. He can speak to environmental impacts and the evolution of pandemics over time including how the coronavirus compares. 

Molecular Virology

Christopher Thompson, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and immunologist, can break down the latest data around coronavirus. He can speak to vaccine efficacy, distribution, speaking with loved ones who may not want to get the vaccine, and the latest data and trials on children. Dr. Thompson can also weigh in on rising cases (nationally and internationally), when we might get back to a sense of normalcy, what the fall looks like, etc.


Joseph Farrell, Ph.D., lecturer of philosophy, can provide commentary on business and medical ethics surrounding COVID-19. Specific topics include scarce resource allocations, experimenting on human subjects, and end of life ethics.


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. 

Rachel L. Grover, Ph.D., professor of psychology and licensed clinical psychologist, has a joint degree in developmental and clinical psychology. She can comment on the developmental challenges of quarantine for adolescents and emerging adults, and how to manage anxiety in adults, teens, and children.

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