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The Department of Psychology is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in research, teaching, service to students, the university, and the wider public. Review one of our research projects, which highlights our connection to Chicago’s communities.


Professors Receive Grant to Combat Youth Exposure to Violence

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention recently awarded Psychology Professor Maryse Richards and her research team a million dollar grant to fund a study that could change the lives of Chicago area youth.

Loyola Psychology Expert to Present New Book

Loyola University Chicago’s James Garbarino, PhD, will give two lectures inspired by his latest book, Listening to Killers: Lessons Learned from My 20 Years As a Psychological Expert Witness in Murder Cases, which was released this month.

Psychology Professor and Students Research Bilingual Education

Perla Gamez and her students could be shaping the future of bilingual education. The assistant psychology professor and several graduate and undergraduate students are working on research that seeks to improve the way classroom instruction is approached for English language learners.

Student Profile

Keyona Castleman: Weekend of Excellence

If you’re looking for Keyona Castleman, chances are you’ll find her at either Simpson Hall or the Sullivan Center. She’s a Learning Community assistant at Simpson, and she also works as a peer advisor in the First and Second Year Advising department at Sullivan. “I sleep in Simpson,” she says, “but Sullivan is my home.”  

In the classroom

These honors students take creativity to a whole new level

Assistant professor Robert Morrison’s Psychology of Creativity course is not your typical college class. There are no traditional papers or exams, and students lead a lot of the presentations themselves. As Morrison says: “I tell my students, ‘This is your chance to do the things you always wanted to do in a college class.’ ”  

Confronting Prejudice Combats Everyday Injustice

Read Dr. Robyn Mallett's blog for the Loyola Social Justice Program  

Loyola Psychology Professor Presents Research at Congressional Exhibit

Loyola Psychology Professor, Dr. Catherine Haden, discussed her current research that focuses on parent-child interaction and building a child’s interest in STEM (Science, Math, Technology, and Engineering).

Student Profile

Weekend of Excellence: Tracey Riley

Tracey Riley has done a little bit of everything at Loyola. She’s volunteered at two homeless shelters, gone on three alternative break immersion trips, and presented numerous research studies at psychological conferences all over the country—all while maintaining a GPA that earned her a spot in the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honors society.  

Research from the ground up

It was the culmination of a year of work when seniors Natalia Hajnas, Jacob Marshall, Elizabeth Esparza, and associate professor of clinical psychology Amy Bohnert, PhD, traveled to Honduras to conduct research about mental health.

Research Grant Awarded to Dr. Gaylord-Harden

Dr. Noni Gaylord-Harden recently received a 2-year grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The purpose of the project is to examine desensitization to community violence in African American and Latino male adolescents residing in low socioeconomic, urban neighborhoods.  

Dr. Morrison Wins Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence, Dr. Silton Named Master Teacher

Congratulations to Dr. Bob Morrison, winner of the Edwin T. and Vivijeanne F. Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence, and to Dr. Becky Silton, finalist for the Sujack Award, who has been named a Master Teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Ottati Awarded Grant to Study Intellectual Humility

Dr. Victor Ottati has been awarded a $234,740 grant from the Fuller Theological Seminary, in concert with the John Templeton Foundation, to study the malleability of intellectual humility.

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