Loyola University Maryland


Full-time Faculty (Listed Alphabetically)

Jeffrey E. Barnett, Psy.D., ABPP 

Professor of Psychology

Ethics, legal, and professional practice issues in psychology, including distress, impairment and self-care, boundary issues and multiple relationships, supervision, confidentiality, informed consent, and advocacy; mentoring; professional development; business of practice; treatment of children and adolescents; impact of technology on clinical practice. 

Carolyn M. Barry, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Graduate Programs, Loyola College of Arts & Sciences
Professor of Psychology

Social and self-development during adolescence and emerging adulthood; emerging adults' conceptualizations of criteria for adulthood and their relation to self-perceptions; temperament; spirituality; close relationships with parents, romantic partners, and friends; marriage readiness.

Diana E. Betz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair
Moderator, Psychology Club

Effects of stereotyping on people's self-views (e.g., the effect of "fitspiration" on women's body image) and their goals or aspirations (e.g., work on implicit bias affecting women in math and science); how prejudice affects interpersonal interactions, from flirting with sexist humor to perceiving racism in everyday events; how people think about social justice challenges, including sexual assault and institutional racism.

Leanna M. Brisson, Psy.D.

Director, Masters Field Education
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology

Interpersonal and relational treatment modalities; trauma-informed care; relational trauma; multicultural counseling and clinical practices; ethical non-monogamy and polyamory; sex-positive and kink-aware therapeutic practices; fat liberation.

Marianna E. Carlucci, Ph.D.

Equity & Inclusion Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of Psychology

The intersection of psychology, law, and sex and sexuality: jury decisions; deception detection; interrogations; experiences of LGBTQ people in and outside of the legal justice system; juror perceptions of nonconsensual pornography; how media changes perceptions of policies in the legal system; friendships between lesbians and straight women; the lived experiences of youth incarcerated with adults; variables that leave some vulnerable to sex trafficking; sexual assault victims' satisfaction with legal professionals; juror decision in same-sex sexual harassment cases.

Rachel E. Chase, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Neuroscience; metabolism; prenatal stress and fetal neurodevelopment.

Theresa E. DiDonato, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Close relationships; romantic relationships; factors that affect romantic attraction; humor in relationships; interpersonal trust and decision making; relationship-induced changes in self-authenticity.

Doug A. Frew, Psy.D.

Psychology Division Director, Loyola Clinical Centers
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology

Psychological assessment; parenting challenges (especially related to children with ADHD and learning differences); cognitive behavioral orientation to therapeutic services.

Andrew Futterman, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Assessment; depression in later life; response to late-life spousal loss; religious involvement in later life.

Frank D. Golom, Ph.D.

Department Chair
Associate Professor of Psychology

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; the design of classroom and organizational environments for effective learning and change.

Sharon J. Green-Hennessy, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Access to mental health care, particularly for children and adolescents; what keeps those in need of mental health care from receiving it; the increasingly popular practice of homeschooling; attachment theory; child maltreatment.

Rachel L. Grover, Ph.D.

Director, Undergraduate Program in Psychology
Professor of Psychology

Assessment and development of the social skills that adolescents require to successfully negotiate situations involving the other sex, and design of effective interventions focused on promoting the social skills necessary in those situations; childhood anxiety.

Christopher I. Higginson, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Adult neuropsychology; the degree to which cognitive measures are predictive of daily function (i.e., ecological validity); degenerative diseases in general; cognitive deficits associated with Parkinson's disease and its surgical treatment.

Michiko Iwasaki, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology 

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

Cara Jacobson, Psy.D.

Director, Doctoral Field Education
Interim Director, Clinical Training
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology

Multiculturalism with a focus on intersectional interpersonal relationships; romantic relationships and Gottman couples therapy with a focus on adult attachment; treatment of eating disorders; interpersonal and psychodynamic psychotherapy; longitudinal factors in the maintenance of romantic relationships.

Matthew W. Kirkhart, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

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, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President, Graduate Academic Affairs
Professor of Psychology

Parenting and its relation to child and adolescent psychosocial outcomes, including behavioral and emotional health, risk-taking behavior, and peer relationships; factors that predict parenting; the effective implementation of clinical interventions designed to enhance parenting and/or reduce child behavior problems; relational aggression and bullying among children and adolescents.

Jeffrey M. Lating, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); psychological first aid (PFA); treatment of the human stress response; training in peer support; crisis intervention strategic planning.

Patrick LoPresto, M.A., L.C.P.C.

Director, Undergraduate Student Professional Development
Director, Undergraduate Student Field Education
Assistant Teaching Professor of Psychology

Adolescent male/family issues; alcohol/drug evaluation and education; consulting; research on homophobia; father/son relationships.

Jen L. Lowry, Ph.D.

Associate Department Chair & Chair of the Faculty
Associate Professor of Psychology

Factors affecting psychotherapy duration and outcome; ethics and professional issues (particularly managed care and supervision); crisis intervention; instrument development; evaluation of levels of well-being, psychological symptoms, and life functioning for various populations.

Heather Z. Lyons, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Culture, discrimination, and person-organization fit in the workplace; social, cognitive, and cultural influences on career expectations; training issues in multicultural psychology.

Gina M. Magyar-Russell, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

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

Traci P. Martino, M.S.

Director, Program Operations

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and stress management.

Lindsay S. Neutzling, Ph.D., NCC, LGPC

Assistant Teaching Professor of Psychology

Trauma and PTSD; sexual violence; attachment insecurity.

Jason M. Prenoveau, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Factors that contribute to the development, maintenance, and exacerbation of mood and anxiety disorders; improving treatment and prevention outcomes for mood and anxiety disorders.

Emalee J. W. Quickel, Ph.D.

Director, Clinical Professional Counseling Program
Associate Professor of Psychology

Legal decision-making, mindfulness, and microaggressions, particularly as they impact the LGBTQ+ community; intersectional investigations of LGBTQ+ campus climate and the protective effect of mindfulness; the utility of mindfulness-based interventions to reduce recidivism and substance use among recently incarcerated individuals; what factors influence decisions related to plea bargaining in criminal cases.

Amanda M. Thomas, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Family factors in childhood psychopathology, including divorce and parental depression; anxiety disorders in children; trichotillomania (hair pulling); behavioral family treatment.

Amy R. Wolfson, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Gender and leadership; mental health; health psychology; women's studies; sleep and circadian rhythms.

Jeff Lating

Jeffrey Lating, Ph.D.

This psychology professor aims to engage students through enthusiasm and practical applications