Psychology is defined as the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students majoring in psychology are exposed to fundamental concepts that provide them with a solid foundation in the discipline. Development of critical thinking skills, and an understanding of research methodology and appreciation for diversity, are hallmarks of the undergraduate program. In addition, students are provided with a unique degree of flexibility in selecting courses from several required areas to best prepare them for graduate programs or careers of their choice.
The psychology major is an extremely popular one at Loyola. We have 26 professors and 30 affiliates who offer a wide range of courses, from the introductory course to field placement and advanced research. The department has computer facilities, a biofeedback laboratory, and faculty who are involved not only in teaching but also research, supervision, and clinical practice. The department is known for the strong teaching skills of its faculty; two professors who have been recognized as the Maryland Psychological Association for Graduate Students (MPAGS) Mentor of the Year award, two others who have been honored as Distinguished Teachers of the Year, and another designated Outstanding Teacher of Psychology in the state of Maryland.
Research activities of psychology faculty include topics such as: gender selection, homophobia, attitudes toward AIDS, forensics, substance abuse, problems of children, and health psychology, to name a few. Many of the psychology faculty members have published widely in the above areas. In addition, during their studies as a psychology major, students may have the opportunity to conduct research with a psychology faculty member; either in his or her program of research, or their own project. Students who have had this opportunity have presented their work at local, regional, and/or national psychology conferences.
Theresa E. DiDonato, Ph.D.
For more information contact
Traci Martino, M.S., Director of Program Operations