B.A., University of New Hampshire, 1983; M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1990; Ph.D., 1991
B.A., Douglass College, 1973; M.S., Rutgers University, 1975; Ph.D., 1977
A.B., Vassar College, 1987; M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1992; Ph.D., 1995
B.A., University of Waterloo (Canada), 1995; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2000
B.A., St. Olaf College, 1975; M.S., Purdue University, 1978; Ph.D., 1981
A.B., St. Mary’s University, 1964; S.T.B., Gregorian University, Rome (Italy), 1966; M.A., New School of Social Research, 1974; Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, 1978
Kenneth I. Maton
B.A., Yale University, 1975; M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1982; Ph.D., 1984
Bernard M. Rabin
B.A., University of Michigan, 1963; Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1968
B.A., Emory University, 1996; Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2003
B.A., New York University, 1972; M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 1975; Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1979
A.B., Duke University, 1984; M.S., University of Pittsburgh, 1989; Ph.D., 1993
B.S., University of Central Arkansas, 1994; M.S., Florida A&M University, 1996; Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2002
B.S., Lousiana State University, 1997; M.S., University of Florida, 2001; Ph.D., 2004
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999; M.S., 2002; Ph.D., 2006
Steven C. Pitts
B.A., California State University, North Ridge, 1990; M.A., Arizona State University, 1993; Ph.D., 1999
B.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1990; M.Div., Yale University, 1993; M.A., The College of William & Mary, 1995; Ph.D., University of Delaware, 2000
Zoe S. Warwick
B.S., Duke University, 1985; Ph.D., 1992
B.A., Virginia State University, 2010; M.S., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2012; Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2015
Danielle L. Beatty
B.A., North Carolina State University, 2000; M.A., North Carolina Central University, 2002; Ph.D., City University of New York, 2007
B.S. Southern Connecticut State University, 2007; M.A., DePaul University, 2010; Ph. D., 2013
B.S., Ohio State University, 2009; M.S., Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 2012; Ph.D., 2015; Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Maimi, 2017
B.S. Stanford University, 1989; Ph.D. University of Maryland, Baltimore, 2007
B.A., Beijing Normal University, 2004; M.A., University of Cincinnati, 2008; Ph.D., 2012
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2002; M.A., University of the Pacific, 2008; Ph.D., University of Florida, 2011
Professor of the Practice
Elliot D. Lasson
B.A., University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1987; M.A., Wayne State University, 1990; Ph.D., 1992
Diane Lindwarm Alonso
B.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 1985; M.S., 1995; Ph.D., 1998
B.A., (English) , University of Maryland, College Park, 1991; B.A. (Psychology) 1995; M.A., University of Cincinnati, 1999; Ph.D., 2004
B.S., University of Pittsburgh, 1973; M.S., The Catholic University of America, 1977; M.A., 1984; Ph.D., 1987
B.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 1987; M.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1989; Ph. D., George Mason University, 2001.
B.S., 1976; M.A. 1979 Towson University; APA Residency Yale-New Haven Medical Center/Fairfield Hills Hospital 1990-1991; Ph.D. University of Maryland 1993; Post-doc University of Maryland School of Medicine, 1993-94.
B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1997; M.A., Steinhardt School of Education, 1999; Ph.D., Western Michigan University, 2012
B.A., Ithaca College, 2006; M.A., Boston College, 2008; Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2014
Theodore H. Rosen
B.A., George Washington University, 1969; M.A., Temple University, 1971; George Washington University, Ph.D., 1984
B.S., Howard University, 1986; M.S., 1998, Ph.D., 2007
B.A., City College of New York, 1965; M.A., St. John’s University, 1967; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1970
B.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 1967; M.A., University of Southern California, 1973; Ph.D., Emory University, 1978
B.A., University of Rochester, 1968; M.A., University of Kansas, 1971; Ph.D., 1974
B.S., University of Georgia, 1989; Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1994; M.D., 1996
Alan B. Zonderman
B.S. University of Massachusetts, 1973; M.S. University of Colorado, 1974; Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1977
Adjunct Associate Professors
Susan E. Bachus
B.A. University of Michigan, 1977; Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1987
B.S., Virginia Commonwealth University, 1985; M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1988; Ph.D., 1991
B.S., Cooper Union, 1975; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1981; M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine, 1984
Sharon Hoover Stephan
B.A. University of Sussex, 1995; M.A. University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2000; Ph.D. University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2002
B.A., Douglass College ,Rutgers University, 1979; M.S., George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, 1982; Ph.D., 1989
Adjunct Assistant Professors
Carrie S. W. Borrero
B.S., University of Pittsburgh, 1995; M.S., Vilanova University, 1999; Ph.D., University of Florida, 2006
B.A., University of Florida, 2004; M.A., University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2007; Ph.D. University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2012
B.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 1985; M.A., M.P.H., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1987; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1995
B.S., Elmira College, 1989; M.A., Michigan State University, 1993; Ph.D., 1997
B.A., The George Washington University, 1984; M.A., The Claremont Graduate School, 1988; Ph.D., 1991
Fernanda Tebexreni Orsati
B.A., Mackenzie University, 2004; M.A., Mackenzie University, 2006; Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2013
B.S., University of Maryland at College Park, 1993; MD, University of Maryland at Baltimore, 1997
B.S., Mount St. Mary’s University, 1970; M.A., Loyola College in Maryland, 1976; M.S.W., University of Maryland, Baltimore, 1984; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1993
B.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 1992; M.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1996; Ph.D., 2000
Ashlyn L. Smith
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998; M.A.; Georgia State University, 2007; Ph.D., Georgia State University, 2001
John Sollers, III
B.S., Towson State University, 1990; M.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1995; Ph.D., 1997
B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1971; M.A., 1978; Ph.D., 1981
Affiliate Associate Professor
B.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 1974; M.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1976; Ph.D., Howard University, 1984
B.A., Yeshiva College, 1963; M.A., 1965; Ph.D., 1969
A. Charles Catania
A.B., Columbia University, 1957; M.A., 1958; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1961
B.A., New York University, 1975; M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1978; Ph.D., 1980
Marilyn E. Demorest
B.A., Trinity College, 1965; M.A., The Johns Hopkins University, 1967; Ph.D., 1969
Interests: Measurement, statistics, data analysis
B.A., Brooklyn College, 1953; M.A., Columbia University, 1954; Ph.D., 1960
Jonathan C. Finkelstein
B.A., Temple University, 1965; Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 1971
Lowell D. Groninger
A.B., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1963; A.M., 1966; Ph.D., 1969
Robert R. Provine
B.S., Oklahoma State University, 1965; Ph.D., Washington University, 1971
Emeritus Associate Professor
Mary Ann Metzger
B.A., University of Connecticut, 1960; M.A., 1968; Ph.D., 1970
B.S., State University of New York at Plattsburgh, 1966; M.A., Cornell University, 1968; Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1974
Courses in this program are listed under PSYC.
UMBC’s Department of Psychology provides an exceptional opportunity for students to see how basic laboratory research can be translated into treatments, interventions and policies that improve the quality of life. Interested undergraduates work with internationally recognized researchers at the cutting edge of science. In recent years, students have participated in studies of such issues as the neurological basis of laughter and yawning, how rats and people regulate eating, how infants ‘bond’ with their parents, how nonhuman species learn complex tasks, the relations between behavior and heart disease and what society can do to foster the social and academic success of disadvantaged youth. Psychology is an exciting discipline; at UMBC, undergraduates can share in that excitement.
Career and Academic Paths
The psychology major provides a firm foundation for students interested in graduate study and a range of careers and professions. Positions held by program graduates include clinical psychologist, counseling psychologist, school psychologist, industrial psychologist, research consultant, personnel administrator, university professor, social worker, lawyer, physician, dentist, optometrist and early-education or elementary school teacher. Each year, many of UMBC’s graduating seniors go on directly to graduate programs in psychology (M.A., Ph.D. and Psy.D.) and in related fields such as social work (M.S.W.). Many are admitted to some of the most highly rated programs in the United States. Students interested in pursuing graduate study should consult with their academic advisor upon declaring their major. UMBC offers doctoral programs in applied developmental psychology and human-services psychology, including behavioral medicine, clinical psychology and community-applied social psychology.
All new freshmen, transfers and recently declared majors should meet with the department’s academic advisor, Darian Schiffman (410-455-2366, firstname.lastname@example.org, MP Main Office, 312 B) to be provided with advising clearance prior to course registration during their first semester in the major. Ms. Schiffman will also assist students with a psychology minor and those students who may be considering psychology as a major. During this initial meeting, Ms. Schiffman can assist with questions about university requirements (such as academic policies, registration concerns and General Education Program requirements), academic support, transfer concerns, research opportunities and career options. Each student is then assigned a faculty advisor after his or her first semester as a psychology major and remains with that faculty advisor until graduation. To determine who your faculty advisor is, simply visit MyUMBC and click on the Advising and Student Support tab. Once there, click on MyAdvisor. Students may email their advisors directly from that page to set up their appointments. Students who are being transitioned from Ms. Schiffman to a faculty advisor are assigned to their new faculty advisors after the add/drop period is complete during the second semester in their major. The departmental advising process is designed to give each student individual attention and guidance about curricular choices. All students must meet with an advisor at least once per semester, to discuss their course selection for the upcoming semester and be cleared to register. Advising appointments can be made by email. Please arrive on time with a transcript and any other relevant paperwork.
The departmental honors program is open to qualified students who wish to pursue advanced independent research in psychology. Students interested in going to graduate school in psychology are particularly encouraged to become honors candidates because research experience is given considerable weight by admissions committees. Students who complete the honors sequence of courses (PSYC 498 and PSYC 499) and have a GPA in psychology of 3.5 or above are eligible to receive the B.A. or B.S. degree with departmental honors.
The Universities at Shady Grove
The UMBC psychology department is represented at the Universities at Shady Grove, (USG) an off-site location in Montgomery County that is home to 9 of the 11 institutions from the University System of Maryland (USM). The UMBC Psychology Program at USG is intended to provide junior- and senior-level classes to students who have transferred to the program from either a two-year or four-year institution. The program is equivalent in course material and content to the program at the home campus, and all psychology students, upon graduation, receive a B.A. in Psychology from UMBC. For more information about the program at the Universities at Shady Grove, see the UMBC@USG Web site at www.umbc.edu/shadygrove.
Some graduate courses in applied developmental and human services psychology are open to qualified undergraduates under the conditions specified in the academic regulations chapter of this catalog. Complete course descriptions may be found in the Graduate Catalog.
There are a variety of opportunities for undergraduates to gain applied and research experience. Students regularly obtain internships and co-op education experiences through the department and UMBC’s Shriver Center. Similarly, a large number of students secure hands-on research experience by collaborating with psychology faculty members. Many undergraduate researchers have had the opportunity to co-author publications and present professional conference papers. A listing of faculty research programs and opportunities for student involvement can be found on the Department website (www.umbc.edu/psyc) and posted in the Psychology department (opposite Room 321). Interested students should contact the faculty member directly to inquire what research involvement opportunities are currently available.
The department sponsors Psi Chi, the national honorary society for psychology. Psi Chi meets regularly and discusses such issues as graduate school preparation, job and internship resources, research opportunities and student-faculty relationships. Psi Chi membership criteria include completion of at least three semesters and a minimum of nine semester hours of psychology courses, declaration of the major or minor in psychology, a cumulative GPA above 3.0 and a psychology course GPA above 3.25. For additional information, contact our Psi Chi Advisor, Dr. Julie Murphy (410-455-3650, email@example.com, MP 302). Visit us at our website at: http://www.umbc.edu/studentlife/orgs/psichi/Welcome.html
ProgramsBachelor of Arts
Bachelor of ScienceCertificateNon-Degree
- Psychology, B.A.
- Psychology, Biopsychology Concentration, B.A.
- Psychology, Developmental Psychology Concentration, B.A.
- Psychology, Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Psychology Concentration
- Psychology, Human Services Psychology Concentration, B.A.