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

Carolyn Barry

Carolyn Barry, Ph.D.

For Carolyn Barry, Ph.D., professor of psychology and associate dean of Loyola College, her goal is to engage students the moment they walk on campus