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)

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.

 Theresa DiDonato

 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.

Rachel Grover

Rachel L. Grover, Ph.D.
Associate Department Chair
Moderator, Psi Chi

Development and quality of adolescent friendships and romantic relationships, defining social competence, social skills development and training in adolescence, assessment and treatment of childhood anxiety.

Christopher Higginson

Christopher I. Higginson, Ph.D.
Director of Masters Education, Practitioner Track

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.
 A Johnson Adanna J. Johnson-Evans, Ph.D.

Recruitment and retention of people of color in psychology programs and academia, traditional African healing practices, qualitative methodology.

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.
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.


Jenny Lowry

Jen L. Lowry, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs

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.