Loyola University Maryland


Gina M. Magyar-Russell, Ph.D.

Gina Magyar Russell headshot

Professor of Psychology

Office: LCC 200A & BE 220

Telephone: 410-617-7687
E-mail: gmmagyarrussell@loyola.edu


  • B.A. (Psychology, History, Phi Beta Kappa), University of Michigan
  • M.S. (Clinical Psychology), Bowling Green State University
  • Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), Bowling Green State University
  • Predoctoral Internship, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Health Psychology Track, Madison, WI
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baltimore, MD
  • Licensed Psychologist in Maryland

Scholarly Interests and Profile

I am a licensed psychologist in Maryland and specialize in psychological and spiritual adjustment following adverse life events, with emphasis on the treatment of anxiety, mood, and spiritual problems. I have served on the Executive Committee of APA’s Division 36, The Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality and have co-authored over 40 publications on religiousness, spirituality and health, as well as depression and anxiety, in a variety of populations. I maintain an active program of research in the areas of religious and spiritual coping, sacred moments, and spiritual struggle, and I integrate religion and spirituality into my supervision of psychotherapy. I enjoy teaching courses on the treatment of psychopathology and cognitive behavior therapy, as well as serving as a doctoral dissertation mentor and supervisor for clinicians in training.

Representative Publications

Magyar-Russell, G.Pargament, K.I., Grubbs, J.B., Wilt, J.A., and Exline, J.A. (in press). The experience of sacred moments and mental health benefits over time. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. DOI: 10.1037/rel0000394 

Magyar-Russell, G. (2020). Delivering psychological services to religious and spiritual clients. In J. Zimmerman, J. Barnett, & L. Campbell (Eds). Bringing Psychotherapy to the Underserved: Challenges and Strategies (pp. 145-162). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Deal, P.J. & Magyar-Russell, G. (2018). Sanctification theory: Is nontheistic sanctification nontheistic enough? Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 10(3), 44-53.

Ochu, A. C., Davis, E. B., Magyar-Russell, G., O’Grady, K. A., & Aten, J. D. (2018). Religious coping, dispositional forgiveness, and posttraumatic outcomes in adult survivors of the Liberian civil war. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 5(2), 104–119.

Jangha, A., Magyar-Russell, G., O’Grady, K.A. (2018). Power within the counselor identity development of African American women in pastoral counseling. Counseling and Values, 63, 76-90.

Griffith, J.L. & Magyar-Russell, G. (2018). Unhealthy and Potentially Harmful Uses of Religion.  In J. Peteet & A. Fung (Eds.) Ethical Considerations at the Intersection of Psychiatry and Religion (pp. 43-59). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Magyar-Russell, G.M., & Griffith, J.L. (2016). Addressing Unhealthy and Potentially Harmful Expressions of Religiousness and Spirituality in Clinical Practice. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 3(3), 159-162. 

Course Offerings

  • PC 721/821: Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Practice: Treatment Approaches and Spiritual Integration
  • PC 778: Treatment of Psychopathology
  • PC 663/664: Clinical Case Supervision III & IV
  • PY 255/354: Psychology of Religion
  • PY 622: Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • PY 920: Clinical Placement I