Loyola University Maryland


Theresa E. DiDonato, Ph.D.

didinatoheadshotAssociate Professor of Psychology

Director, Undergraduate Education

Office: CTM034B
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:

DiDonato, T. E. & Jakubiak, B. K. (2016). Strategically funny: Romantic motives affect
      humor style in relationship initiation. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 12, 390-405.

DiDonato, T. E. & Jakubiak, B. K. (2016). Sustainable decisions signal sustainable
     relationships: How purchasing decisions affect perceptions and romantic 
Journal of Social Psychology, 156, 8-27.  

Course Offerings:

PY101: Introductory Psychology
PY201: Social Psychology
PY291 & 292: Research Methods I & II

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