Loyola University Maryland


Diana E. Betz, Ph.D.

Diana BetzAssistant Professor of Psychology

Moderator, Psychology Club

Office: FC 207
Telephone: 410-617-2738
Email: debetz@loyola.edu


  • BA. (Psychology and Spanish), Drew University
  • Ph.D. (Social Psychology), University of Michigan

Scholarly Interests:

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.

Representative Publications:

Betz, D. E., Sabik, N., & Ramsey, L. R. (2019). Ideal comparisons: Body ideals harm women's body image through social comparison. Body Image, 29, 100-109. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.03.004

Alexander, J., Betz, D. E., Gonnerman, C., & Waterman, J. (2018). Framing how we think about disagreement. Philosophical Studies, 175(10), 2539-2566. doi:10.1007/s11098-017-0971-9

Betz, D. E. & Ramsey, L. R. (2017). Should women be “All About That Bass?”: Diverse body-ideal messages & women’s body image. Body Image, 22, 18-31. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2017.04.004

Ramsey, L. R., Betz, D. E., & Sekaquaptewa, D. (2013). The effects of an academic environment intervention on science identification among women in STEM. Social Psychology of Education, 16, 377-397, doi: 10.1007/s11218-013-9218-6

Betz, D. E., Ramsey, L. R., & Sekaquaptewa, D. (2013). Perceiving race relevance: Target race matters, perceiver race does not. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 16, 699-716. doi: 10.1177/1368430212474077

Betz, D. E., & Sekaquaptewa, D. (2012). My fair physicist? Feminine math and science role models demotivate young girls. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 739-747. doi:10.1177/1948550612440735

Course Offerings:


PY101: Introductory Psychology
PY201: Social Psychology
PY291: Research Methods I
PY292: Research Methods II
PY 711/886: Special Topics: Stereotypes & Prejudice
PY 813: Social and Cultural Bases of Behavior
PY 832: Research Methods in Clinical Psychology I

Michael Ashley-Mennis

Michael Ashley-Mennis

This 2010 grad, who teaches social studies at a Catholic institution, developed his passion for education at Loyola