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Joann M. Greer, Ph.D.

Joanne Greer headshotProfessor Emerita



Licensed in psychology in Maryland (1982-2004; currently retired); board-certified in psychoanalysis by American Psychoanalytic Association (1989 forward; currently retired). Private practice in psychoanalysis, 1982-2004.

Employment at Loyola on Pastoral Counseling Faculty 1987-2006; Director of Doctoral Research 1989-2003; Retired from Pastoral Counseling Department as a Full Professor in 2006; Current rank: Professor Emerita.

Prior employment: mathematical statistician or mathematical psychologist, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services 1974-1987. Educator, Sisters of St. Joseph of Bourg, 1957-65.


  • B.S., mathematics, St. Mary's Dominican College, New Orleans, LA
  • M.Ed. (CACREP), Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Ph.D. in psychological measurement and statistics, University of Maryland College Park
  • Post-Doctoral Studies at Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Washington, D.C.


  • Protecting Your Child from Sexual Abuse,  Kevin Mayhew Press, London, 2011.
  • The Dark Night of the Catholic Church: Examining the Child Sexual Abuse Scandal, co-authored with Brother Brendan Geary, S.M., Kevin Mayhew Press, London, 2011.
  • Sexual Issues: Understanding and Advising in a Christian Context, co-authored with Brother Brendan Geary, S.M., Kevin Mayhew Press, London, 2010.
  • Author of a large number of journal articles and book chapters; Former editor of Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion; Former editor of Abstracts of  Research in Pastoral Counseling.

Areas of Specialization

  • Sexual offenders
  • Clerical sexual abuse
  • Research methods in pastoral counseling