Loyola University Maryland


Carolyn M. Barry, Ph.D.

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

Office: HU 236-B
Phone: (410) 617-5325
Email: cbarry@loyola.edu


  • B.S. (Psychology, minors in Sociology, Spanish, & Secondary Education, summa cum laude with Departmental Honors in Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa) - Ursinus College
  • Ph.D. (Human Development, specialization in Educational Psychology) - University of Maryland, College Park

Scholarly Interests

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.

Representative Publications

Romm, K. F., Barry, C. M., & Alvis, L. M. (2020). How the rich get riskier: Parenting and higher-SES emerging adults' risk behaviors. Journal of Adult Development, 27, 281-293. [doi]

Barry, C. M., Christofferson, J. L., Boorman, E. P., & Nelson, L. J. (2020). Profiles of religiousness, spirituality, and psychological adjustment in emerging adults. Journal of Adult Development, 27, 201-211. [doi]

Romm, K. F., Barry, C. M., Kotchick, B. A., DiDonato, T. E., & Barnett, J. B. (2019). Parental psychological control and identity: The roles of warmth, gender, and ethnicity. Journal of Adult Development, 26, 81-96. [doi]

Shank, F. A., Petrarca, K. A., & Barry, C. M. (2019). Child outcomes of having a parent with an AUD. Modern Psychological Studies, 25(1), 1-25.

Audette, L., Barry, C. M., Carlucci, M. E., & Hardy, S. A. (2018). Associations among body dissatisfaction, gender, and three latent profiles of religiosity. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 21(4), 380-394. [doi]

Barry, C. M., Prenoveau, J. M., & Morgan, C. H. (2018) Do emerging adults learn what they live? The frequency and importance of childhood family faith activities on emerging adults' prosocial behavior toward family, friends, and strangers. Emerging Adulthood, 6(6), 411-421. [doi]

Nadal, A. R. C., Hardy, S. A., & Barry, C. M. (2018). Understanding the roles of religiosity and spirituality in emerging adults in the United States. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 10(1), 30-43. [doi]

Barry, C. M., Nelson, L. J., & Abo-Zena, M. M. (2016). Religiousness in adolescence and emerging adulthood. In R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia on adolescence (2nd ed.). Springer, Cham. [doi]

Wentzel, K., Fillisetti, L., & Barry, C. M. (2016). Prosocial behavior. In R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia on adolescence (2nd ed.). Springer, Cham. [doi]

Barry, C. M., Madsen, S. D., & DeGrace, A. (2015). Growing up with a little help from their friends in emerging adulthood. In J. J. Arnett (Ed.), The Oxford handbook on emerging adulthood (pp. 215-299). Oxford University Press. [doi]

Gatzke, J. E., Barry, C. M., Papadakis, A. A., & Grover, R. L. (2015). The buffering effect of friendship quality on the relation between perceived athletic discrepancies and self-esteem in female college athletes. Athletic Insight, 7(1), 83-99.

Barry, C. M., & Abo-Zena, M. M. (Eds.). (2014). Emerging adults' religiousness and spirituality: Meaning-making in an age of transition. Oxford University Press. [doi]

Barry, C. M., Prenoveau, J. M., & Diehl, C. L. (2013). The value of walking the walk: The relation between family faith activities and emerging adults' religiousness. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 32(3), 206-220.

Course Offerings

  • PY 101 - Introductory Psychology*
  • PY 241D - Child Development*
  • PY 242D - Adolescent Development*
  • PY 243D - Adult Development*
  • PY 244D - Lifespan Development*
  • PY 664 - Advanced Developmental Psychology: Lifespan

"D" indicates courses that meet the Diversity course requirement
* indicates courses that meet the Service-Learning requirement

Madeline Valentine


Madeline’s relationships with incredible faculty and mentors inspired her passion for research

Biology, Psychology