Loyola University Maryland


Matthew W. Kirkhart, Ph.D.

Matt KirkhartAssociate Professor of Psychology

Office: BE 208
Telephone: 410-617-5498
Email: MKirkhart@loyola.edu


  • B.A. (Psychology, magna cum laude), West Virginia University
  • M.A. (Clinical Psychology), West Virginia University
  • Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Pre-doctoral Internship, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Shands Hospital, University of Florida College of Health Professions
  • Licensed Psychologist in Maryland

Teaching Awards:

Mentor of the Year Award (2007)
Awarded by the Maryland Psychological Association for Graduate Students (MPAGS)

Scholarly Interests:

I have two primary research interests and several secondary interests. My first primary research interest is in medical/health psychology, primarily focusing on those who have a serious or chronic medical condition. This includes such things as factors that affect general adaptation and adjustment to the medical conditions (i.e., adjustment to chronic pain conditions, adaptation to lifestyle changes necessary to manage diabetes, etc.), and in the prediction of adjustment and adaptation to future medical procedures (i.e., predicting adjustment post organ transplantation).

My second primary research interest is in basic research examining learning and memory. Primarily my interest in this area lies in conscious and unconscious learning and memory, rule-governed behavior, and a functional analysis of language in efforts to understand how verbal behavior affects other behavior.

I have several secondary research interests some of which include mentoring and teaching in psychology, adult psychopathology, and interpersonal psychotherapy models and methods.

Representative Publications:

Kirkhart, M. W. (2014). Contributions of knowledge and intention to deceive in
     defining a lie. Psychology and Education: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 51(2), 1-23.

Blake, R. A., Lating, J. M., Sherman, M. F., & Kirkhart, M. W. (2013). Probable PTSD
     and impairment in witnesses of work-related fatalities. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 0, 1-7.

Dornfeld, M. D., Green-Hennessy, S., Lating, J., & Kirkhart, M. (2012). Student ratings of
     selection factors for PsyD programs. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68, 279-291.

Seebach, C., Kirkhart, M., Lating, J. M., Wegener, S. T., Song, Y., Riley, L. H. III, &
     Archer, K. R. (2012). Examining the role of positive and negative affect in recovery from
     spine surgery. Pain, 153, 518-525.

Kaminsky, K. J., & Kirkhart, M. W. (2011). Visitation rebound behavior: Guardian ad  litems
     need to recognize when child’s behavior from parental visits is reaction to grief.
     The Iowa Lawyer. 71(8),

Landis, S. K., Sherman, M. F., Piedmont, R. C., Kirkhart, M. W., Rapp, E. M., & Bike, D. H.
     (2009). The relation between elevation and self-reported prosocial behavior: Incremental
     validity over the Five-Factor Model of Personality. The Journal of Positive Psychology,

Konig, A., Lating, J., & Kirkhart, M. W. (2007). Content of disclosure and health: Autonomic
     response to talking about a stressful event. Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention,
doi: 10.1093/brief-treatment/mhm012.  

Course Offerings:

PY101: Introduction to Psychology
PY221: Psychology of Learning
PY222: Cognitive Psychology
PY622: Interpersonal Psychotherapy
PY707: Introduction to Clinical Experiences-Adult Intake Rotation
PY820: Cognition and Learning Theory
PY845: Therapy Models-Interpersonal Psychotherapy

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