Loyola University Maryland


Associate Professors

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Marianna E. Carlucci, Ph.D.
Moderator, Psi Chi
Co-Moderator, LOFO (Loyola Forensic Organization)
Co-Moderator, PURSUE (Psychological Understanding of Research Studies & Undergraduate Experimentation)

Generally, I am interested in the intersection of psychology and the law. Using principles from social and cognitive psychology, I have several lines of research: social eyewitness memory, jury decisions, deception detection, and interrogations. I am also interested in how marginalized groups (gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation) are treated within the legal system. I am currently working with graduate students on projects regarding the juvenile justice system, juror perceptions of nonconsensual pornography, and how incarceration affects romantic relationship during and after incarceration. In the past my students have investigated the lived experiences of youth incarcerated with adults, variables that leave some vulnerable to sex trafficking, sexual assault victims’ satisfaction with legal professionals, and juror decisions in same-sex sexual harassment cases.

 Mary Jo Coiro

 Mary Jo Coiro, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Training, PsyD Program

Research interests include stress and coping among college students; mental health interventions for college students; effects of maternal depression on children's mental health and the family environment; risk and protective factors (particularly parenting styles) in the development of child psychopathology; training/supervision of doctoral students; policy issues affecting children.


 Theresa E. DiDonato, Ph.D.
Director, Undergraduate Education

Research applies a social-psychological perspective to the intersection of self and other, focusing on romantic relationships and related processes (e.g., humor, jealousy, forgiveness), social perception and the self.

Frank Golom

Frank D. Golom, Ph.D.
Department Chair

Scholarly interests broadly related to the science and practice of applying psychological principles to group and organizational settings, including the group process and attitudinal implications of sociodemographic and sexual orientation diversity in the workplace; organization change, development and resistance; and the design of classroom and organizational environments for effective learning and change.


Christopher Higginson

Christopher I. Higginson, Ph.D.

Area of specialization within clinical psychology is adult neuropsychology. Specific research interests are: 1) the degree to which cognitive measures are predictive of daily function (i.e. ecological validity); and 2) degenerative diseases in general, and the cognitive deficits associated with Parkinson's disease and its surgical treatment.

Michiko Iwasaki, Ph.D.

Minority mental health, geropsychology, inter-racial couples, family caregiving, long-term care, positive psychology, community participatory research, and social justice.

Matt Kirkhart

Matthew W. Kirkhart, Ph.D.

Medical/health psychology, psychological and medical barriers to adaptation, learning and cognition, adult psychopathology, functional analysis of language, interpersonal psychotherapy, psychological assessment, teaching of psychology.

Beth A Kotchick

Beth A. Kotchick, Ph.D.
Associate Department Chair

Moderator, Active Minds
Parenting and family processes, child and adolescent psychopathology, adolescent sexual and health behavior, cognitive-behavioral theory and therapy with children and adolescents.




Jen L. Lowry, Ph.D.

Factors influencing duration of psychotherapy, psychotherapy outcomes (effectiveness and efficacy), ethics and professional issues, medical psychology, forensic psychology, managed care issues.

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Gina Magyar-Russell, Ph.D.

The psychology of religion and spirituality, religious and spiritual appraisals and coping, spiritual struggle, spiritually integrated psychotherapy, evidence-based treatments, cognitive behavioral therapy. 

Jason Prenoveau

Jason M. Prenoveau, Ph.D.

Experimental fear conditioning, behavioral and psychophysiological correlates of fear and anxiety, and the structure, measurement, and longitudinal stability of fear, anxiety, and related affects.


Lauren Giglio-Thomas

Lauren Giglio-Thomas

A school counselor, Lauren says Loyola’s focus on cura personalis allows her see her students and clients for who they are