Loyola University Maryland

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Introductory Psychology (PY101)

Introductory Psychology is a course designed to engage students in the learning of major sub-disciplines in psychology. Psychology is the scientific study of the brain, mind, and behavior. Students will learn major theoretical perspectives in the study human behavior, including psychodynamic theory, behaviorism, and humanism. In addition, students will learn about specific subareas in psychology such as biological bases of behavior, learning, personality, emotion, memory, development across the lifespan, social psychology, and psychological disorders. This course is introductory but does require active student participation and engagement. Students will engage in small group discussions, large group discussions, and reflection. 

Faculty Biography

Dr. Marianna Carlucci is an Associate Professor of Psychology. She is a legal psychologist and teaches courses at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level. Her areas of expertise are juror decisions, eyewitness memory, interrogation techniques, and lie detection. Dr. Carlucci has been a member of the Loyola University Maryland community for seven years. She enjoys teaching in the Messina program because of the bonds students can develop in small cohorts and the ability to have deep discussions in smaller class sizes.  

Mentor Biography

Leota Wilson is the Assistant Director of Student Life for the Gardens residential area. Prior to joining Loyola's Student Life team, Leota served as a Community Director at American University in Washington, DC and an Assistant Hall Director at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Leota received her Bachelors degrees in Spanish Language and Literature and International Studies from North Carolina State University, and her Masters degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in College Student Personnel. Leota’s professional research interests include study abroad and underrepresented student populations, critical race theory, and the internalization of higher education.

Leota loves working with first students at Loyola through Messina! In her free time, she enjoys traveling, watching college basketball, and baking! 

Mentor Biography

Liliana “Lily” Castro joined Loyola in November 2016 as the Associate Director of Student Engagement. Lily is no stranger to Jesuit higher education as she previously spent three and a half years working in the Office of Residence Life & Housing at the College of the Holy Cross and earned her B.S. in Counseling & Human Services from the University of Scranton. Lily also received her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. There she worked as the graduate assistant at Penn's School of Nursing Office of Student Services where she advised the nursing student organizations. In her current role, Lily is responsible for all things related to the orientation program including the selection and development of the Evergreen orientation staff along with supporting first-year students through their college transition. Lily is very excited to join her Messina working team and engage with first-year students in the classroom setting.  
 
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