Loyola University Maryland


Associate Professors

Carlucci Headshot

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

Research interests center around the intersection between psychology and the law; investigated several areas of legal psychology including juries (sexual harassment), eyewitness identification, deception detection and memory conformity; interest in confessions (e.g., particular vulnerabilities) and interrogations (tactics, effectiveness, etc.

 Mary Jo Coiro

 Mary Jo Coiro, Ph.D.
Director, Clinical Training

Research interests include stress and coping among college students; depression prevention; 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; 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.

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.




Brenda aspires to work in a pediatric hospital conducting psychoeducational assessments and providing psychotherapy services to patients