Loyola University Maryland

Department of Psychology

Associate Professors

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Carolyn Barry Carolyn M. Barry, Ph.D.
Chair of Faculty
Social and self development within childhood, adolescence, and emerging adulthood (18-25 yrs), including peer relationships, friendships, peer influence, academic and social motivation, and issues concerning the transition to adulthood.

 Mary Jo Coiro

 Mary Jo Coiro, Ph.D.
Research interests include stress and coping among college students; depression prevention; effects of maternal depression on children's mental health and the family environment; risk and protective factors (particularly parenting styles) in the development of child psychopathology; policy issues affecting children.
 Theresa DiDonato  Theresa E. DiDonato, Ph.D.
Moderator, Psychology Club
Research applies a social-psychological perspective to the intersection of self and other, focusing on romantic relationships and related processes (e.g., humor, jealousy, forgiveness), social perception and the self.
Sharon Green-Hennesey

Sharon J. Green-Hennessy, Ph.D.
Access to mental health care, attachment theory, child maltreatment, child and adolescent psychopathology, child and adolescent assessment.


Rachel Grover

Rachel L. Grover, Ph.D.
Director, Undergraduate Education

Associate Department Chair

Moderator, Psi Chi
Development and quality of adolescent friendships and romantic relationships, defining social competence, social skills development and training in adolescence, assessment and treatment of childhood anxiety.

Christopher Higginson

Christopher I. Higginson, Ph.D.

Director of Masters Education, Practitioner Track

Area of specialization within clinical psychology is adult neuropsychology. Specific research interests are: 1) the degree to which cognitive measures are predictive of daily function (i.e. ecological validity); and 2) degenerative diseases in general, and the cognitive deficits associated with Parkinson's disease and its surgical treatment.

 A Johnson  Adanna J. Johnson-Evans, Ph.D.
Recruitment and retenion of people of color in psychology programs and academia, traditional African healing practices, qualitative methodology.
Matt Kirkhart

Matthew W. Kirkhart, Ph.D.

Department Chair
Medical/health psychology, psychological and medical barriers to adaptation, learning and cognition, adult psychopathology, functional analysis of language, interpersonal psychotherapy, psychological assessment, teaching of psychology.

Beth A Kotchick

Beth A. Kotchick, Ph.D.
Moderator, Active Minds
Parenting and family processes, child and adolescent psychopathology, adolescent sexual and health behavior, cognitive-behavioral theory and therapy with children and adolescents.


Charles LoPresto Charles T. LoPresto, Ph.D.
Homophobia, sexual orientation and sexual minority issues, adolescent treatment issues, cognitive-behavioral approaches to treatment, cross-cultural psychology, men's issues.
Heather Lyons

Heather Z. Lyons, Ph.D.
Director, Clinical Training
Culture, discrimination and person-organization fit in the workplace; social cognitive and cultural influences on career expectations; and training issues in multicultural psychology.

Jenny Lowry Jen L. Lowry, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs
Factors influencing duration of psychotherapy, psychotherapy outcomes (effectiveness and efficacy), ethics and professional issues, medical psychology, forensic psychology, managed care issues.
Jason Prenoveau Jason M. Prenoveau, Ph.D.
Experimental fear conditioning, behavioral and psychophysiological correlates of fear and anxiety, and the structure, measurement, and longitudinal stability of fear, anxiety, and related affects.