Loyola University Maryland


Theresa E. DiDonato, Ph.D.

didinatoheadshotAssociate Professor of Psychology

Director, Undergraduate Education

Office: Beatty Hall, Room 214
Telephone: 410-617-5135
Email: TEDiDonato@loyola.edu


  • B.A. (Psychology with English double major, graduated with Honors), Wellesley College
  • Sc.M. Brown University
  • Ph.D. Brown University

Scholarly Interests:

My research focuses on the cognitive processes that take place at the intersection of self and other. I primarily ask questions about the dynamics, behaviors, and perceptions that occur within romantic relationships or affect romantic attraction. I am fascinated by humor, jealousy, forgiveness, and other such experiences that contribute to relationship well-being.  My scholarly interests also include how romantic partners might foster self-authenticity and how we make sense of unknown others (e.g., social projection).

 My teaching interests include core psychology courses, such as introductory psychology, research methodology, and social psychology, as well as specialized courses in social psychology including interpersonal behavior and advanced research courses on close relationships.

Representative Publications:

Krueger, J.I., Freestone, D., & DiDonato, T.E. (2012). Twilight of a dilemma: A réplique.
     Psychological Inquiry, 23, 85-100. doi:10.1080/1047840X.2012.666930

Krueger, J. I., DiDonato, T. E., & Freestone, D. (2012). Social projection can solve social dilemmas.
     Psychological Inquiry, 23, 1-27. doi:10.1080/1047840X.2012.641167  

Course Offerings:

PY201.01: Social Psychology
PY292.01: Research Methods II
PY419.01: Advanced Topics in Research Psychology

Self and Social Relationships Lab webpage:


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