Loyola University Maryland


Diana E. Betz, Ph.D.

Diana BetzAssociate Professor
Moderator of Psychology Club

Email: debetz@loyola.edu
Phone: 410-617-2738
Office: Fernandez Center 207


  • B.A. (Psychology & Spanish) - Drew University
  • Ph.D. (Social Psychology) - University of Michigan

Courses Taught

  • PY 101 - Introductory Psychology
  • PY 201 - Social Psychology
  • PY 291 & 292 - Research Methods I and II
  • PY 711/886 - Special Topics: Stereotypes and Prejudice
  • PY 813 - Social and Cultural Bases of Behavior
  • PY 832 - Research Methods in Clinical Psychology I


  • 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]
  • Alexander, J., Betz, D. E., Gonnerman, C., & Waterman, J. (2018). Framing how we think about disagreement. Philosophical Studies, 175(10), 2539-2566. [doi]
  • Betz, D. E., & Ramsey, L. R. (2017). Should women be "All About That Bass?": Diverse body-ideal messages and women's body image. Body Image, 22, 18-31. [doi]
  • 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]
  • Betz, D. E., Ramsey, L. R., & Sekaquaptewa, D. (2013). Perceiving race relevance in everyday events: Target race matters, perceiver race does not. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 16(6), 699-716. [doi]
  • Betz, D. E., & Sekaquaptewa, D. (2012). My fair physicist? Feminine math and science role models demotivate young girls. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3(6), 738-746. [doi]

Areas of Specialization

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.

Carolyn Barry

Carolyn Barry, Ph.D.

For Carolyn Barry, Ph.D., professor of psychology and associate dean of social sciences and graduate programs within Loyola College, her goal is to engage students the moment they walk on campus