Loyola University Maryland


Carolyn M. Barry, Ph.D.

Carolyn BarryAssociate Dean for Social Sciences and Graduate Programs, Loyola College of Arts & Sciences
Professor of Psychology

Office: Humanities, 236B
Telephone: 410-617-5325
Email: CBarry@loyola.edu


  • B.S. (Psychology with minors in Sociology, Spanish & Secondary Education, summa cum laude with Departmental Honors in Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa), Ursinus College
  • Ph.D. (Human Development, Educational Psychology specialization), University of Maryland, College Park

Scholarly Interests:

Research interests include social and self development during adolescence and emerging adulthood. Current ongoing research projects include emerging adults conceptualizations of criteria for adulthood and their relation to self-perceptions, temperament, spirituality, close relationships with parents, romantic partners, and friends and marriage readiness.

Representative Publications:

Nadal, A. R. C., Hardy, S. A., & Barry, C. M. (2016). Understanding the roles of religiosity and
spirituality in emerging adulthood in the United States. Psychology of Religion and

Gatzke, J. E., Barry, C. M., Papadakis, A. A., & Grover, R. L. (2015). The buffering effect of
friendship quality on the relation between perceived athletic discrepancies and self-
esteem. Athletic Insight, 7(1), 83-99.

Wentzel, K., Fillisetti, L., &  Barry, C. (2016). Prosocial behavior.  In R. Levesque (Ed.), 
Encyclopedia on adolescence (2nd ed.). New York, NY:  Springer.
doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-32132-5_96-2

Barry, C. M., Madsen, S. D., & DeGrace, A.  (2015).  Growing up with a little help from their
friends in emerging adulthood. In J. J. Arnett (Ed.), Handbook on emerging adulthood
(pp. 215-229).  New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Barry, C.M., & Abo-Zena, M. M. (Eds.) (2014). Emerging adults’ religiousness and spirituality:
Meaning-making in an age of transition.
New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Barry, C. M., Prenoveau, J. M., & Diehl, C. L.  (2013).  The value of walking the walk: The
relation between family faith activities and emerging adults' religiousness. Journal of
Psychology and Christianity, 32
, 206-220.

Course Offerings:

PY101: Introductory Psychology*   
PY241D: Child Psychology*        
PY242D: Adolescent Psychology*            
PY243D: Adult Development*                          
PY244: Lifespan Development*
PY418/PL407: Marriage and Family through the Lens of
                   Catholic Social Thought and Developmental Psychology
PY664: Advanced Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
PY706: Introduction to Clinical Experiences: Service-Learning

D Indicates Coures that Meet the Diversity Course Requirement
* Indicates Courses that Meet the Service-Learning Requirement



From the moment Aileen first learned about the definition of the word “psychology,” she knew that she wanted to work in the field