Loyola University Maryland


Full-time Faculty (Listed Alphabetically)

Jeffrey E. Barnett, Psy.D., ABPP 

Full 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, among others. I am also interested in mentoring, professional development, business of practice, and treatment of children and adolescents, as well as the impact of technology on clinical practice.  

Carolyn M. Barry, Ph.D.

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

Research interests include social and self development during adolescence and emerging adulthood. Current ongoing research projects include emerging adults conceptualizations of criteria for adulthood and their relation to self-perceptions, temperament, spirituality, close relationships with parents, romantic partners, and friends and marriage readiness.

Diana Betz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Moderator, Psychology Club

Stereotyping and prejudice are a core theme running through my diverse research interests. I have studied stereotypes’ effects 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). I have studied how prejudice affects interpersonal interactions, from flirting with sexist humor to perceiving racism in everyday events. And I am interested in how people think about social justice challenges, including sexual assault and institutional racism.

Marianna E. Carlucci, Ph.D.

Equity & Inclusion Faculty Fellow
Moderator, Psi Chi
Associate Professor of Psychology

Generally, I am interested in the intersection of psychology and the law, and sex and sexuality. Using principles from social and cognitive psychology, I have several lines of research in these areas: jury decisions, deception detection, interrogations, experiences of LGBTQ people in and outside of the legal system, and sexuality. I am currently working with graduate students on projects regarding the juvenile justice system, juror perceptions of nonconsensual pornography, how media changes perceptions of policies in the legal system, and friendships between lesbians and straight women. 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, Ph.D.

Director of Clinical Training, PsyD Program
Associate Professor of Psychology

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.

David G. Crough, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

My research interests derive from intersecting areas of evolutionary and forensic psychology. The focus of my research is on violence prevention. Methods of improving self-defense self-efficacy for women are of special interest. Current research projects involve gender differences in threat perception, physical self-efficacy, assertiveness and vulnerability to assault. Several preliminary studies in the development of an attitudes toward self-defense scale and an attitudes towards weapons scale are ongoing.

Theresa E. DiDonato, Ph.D.

Full 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.

Leo Mickey Fenzel, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus 

Lifespan human development, counseling and clinical psychology, higher education administration, stress and coping, research on urban school effectiveness and substance abuse, research on spirituality and the benefits of having an active spiritual life, and quantitative research design and analysis. 

Andrew Futterman, Ph.D.

Full Professor of Psychology

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

Faith D. Gilroy, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Business applications of psychology, attribution theory, conformity, attitudinal measurement (general), women's issues, gerontology, career patterns, gender choice of offspring.

Frank D. Golom, Ph.D.

Department Chair
Associate Professor of Psychology

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.

Sharon J. Green-Hennessy, Ph.D.

Full Professor of Psychology

My research involves access to mental health care, particularly for children and adolescents. Specifically, I am interested in what keeps those in need of mental health care from receiving it. I also am interested in the increasingly popular practice of homeschooling, as well as attachment theory and child maltreatment.

Rachel L. Grover, Ph.D.

Director, Undergraduate Studies in Psychology
Full Professor of Psychology

My central area of research focuses on the assessment and development of the social skills that adolescents require to successfully negotiate situations involving the other sex, and the design of effective interventions focused on promoting the social skills necessary in those situations. I also conduct research in the area of childhood anxiety.

Christopher I. Higginson, Ph.D.

Full Professor of Psychology

My area of specialization within clinical psychology is adult neuropsychology. My 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.

Associate Professor of Psychology 

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

Cara Jacobson, Psy.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology 
Director of Doctoral Field Placement
Therapy Service Coordinator 

Clinical interests include multiculturalism with a focus on intersectional interpersonal relationships; romantic relationships and Gottman couples therapy with a focus on adult attachment; the treatment of eating disorders; interpersonal and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Research interests include the 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 of Academic Affairs
Moderator, Active Minds
Full 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.

Jeffery M. Lating, Ph.D.

Full Professor of Psychology

My primary research and clinical interests are in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), coronary-prone risk factors and behavioral medicine.

Charles T. LoPresto, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Currently, my research interests include various aspects of homophobia/homonegativity (e.g., etiological, personality and cognitive correlates), the etiology and construction of sexual orientation, stigma associated with sexual minority status, adolescent treatment issues, cognitive-behavioral approaches to treatment, cross-cultural psychology and men's issues.

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

Director, Psychology Major Student Development
Clinical Professor Counseling Advisor
Additional Faculty

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

Jen L. Lowry, Ph.D.

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

Scholarly interests include factors affecting psychotherapy duration and outcome, ethics and professional issues (particularly managed care and supervision), crisis intervention, and instrument development. Current ongoing research projects include evaluation of levels of well-being, psychological symptoms, and life functioning for various populations.

Heather Z. Lyons, Ph.D.

Full Professor of Psychology

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

Gina Magyar-Russell, Ph.D.

Full 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

My primary research and clinical interests are in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and stress management.

Jason M. Prenoveau, Ph.D.

Full Professor of Psychology

My primary research and clinical interests are in mood and anxiety disorders. I seek to better understand factors that contribute to the development, maintenance, and exacerbation of mood and anxiety disorders. I am also interested in improving treatment and prevention outcomes for these disorders.

Emalee J.W. Quickel, Ph.D.

Director, Clinical Professional Counseling
Associate Professor of Psychology

Research interests include legal decision-making, mindfulness, and microaggressions, particularly as they impact the LGBTQ+ community. Current ongoing research projects include 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, and what factors influence decisions related to plea bargaining in criminal cases.

Samantha H. Rukert, Psy.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Correctional mental health, behavioral emergencies, mental health and substance abuse training for first responders and law enforcement.

Dustin F. Sentz, Psy.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Clinical interests include adult psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, grief/bereavement, relationship issues and marital counseling, as well as personality and forensic assessment. Research interests include intrusions from implicit memory, effects of modality, phonetic and semantic similarity of information, as well as the differential effects of familiarity and proportion of unintentionally processed information on accuracy of explicit memory.

Martin F. Sherman, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Terror management theory, five factor model of personality, psychopathology and personality, disgust sensitivity, survey and attitude research, gender role research-sexual orientation, the emotional state of elevation, and spiritual transcendence.

Steven A. Sobelman, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Non-verbal communication, stress disorders and stress management, therapeutic process and outcome, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, the nature of sleep and dreaming, sexual deviance, emotions, hypnosis, sport psychology.

Amanda Thomas, Ph.D.

Interim President
Full Professor of Psychology

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

Amy Wolfson, Ph.D.

Full Professor of Psychology

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

Dr. Carlucci

Marianna Carlucci, Ph.D.

This psychology professor challenges her students to be agents of change in their communities