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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Anne Brodsky
A.B., Vassar College, 1987; M.A., 1992; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1992; 


Charissa Cheah
B.A., University of Waterloo (Canada), 1995; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2000

Lynnda Dahlquist
B.A., St. Olaf College, 1975; M.S., Purdue University, 1978; Ph.D., 1981

Kenneth I. Maton
B.A., Yale University, 1975; M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1982; Ph.D., 1984

Christopher Murphy
B.A., University of New Hampshire, 1983; M.A., 1990; Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1991

Bernard M. Rabin
B.A., University of Michigan, 1963; Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1968

Jason Schiffman
B.A., Emory University, 1996; Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2003

Susan Sonnenschein
B.A., New York University, 1972; M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 1975; Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1979

Shari Waldstein
A.B., Duke University, 1984; M.S., University of Pittsburgh, 1989; Ph.D., 1993

Associate Professors

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

Shawn Bediako
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

John Borrero
B.S., Lousiana State University, 1997; M.S., University of Florida, 2001; Ph.D., 2004

Steven C. Pitts
B.A., California State University, North Ridge, 1990; M.A., Arizona State University, 1993; Ph.D., 1999

David Schultz
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

Shuyan Sun
B.A., Beijing Normal University, 2004; M.A., University of Cincinnati, 2008; Ph.D., 2012

Assistant Professors

Mirela Cengher
B.A., University of Bucharest (Romania), 2008; M.A., Hyperion University (Romania), 2010; M.A., Queens College, City University of New York, 2012; Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2017

Erika Fountain
B.A., Florida Internation University, 2010; M.A., 2015; Ph.D., Georgetown University 2017

Bronwyn Hunter
B.S. Southern Connecticut State University, 2007; M.A., DePaul University, 2010; Ph. D., 2013

Tasneem Khambaty
B.S., Ohio State University, 2009; M.S., Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 2012; Ph.D., 2015

Nkiru Nnawulezi
B.A., American University, 2008; M.A. 2011; Ph.D., 2015, Michigan State University

Raimi Quiton
B.S. Stanford University, 1989; Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore, 2007

Adithyan Rajaraman
B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 2010; M.S.Ed., Simmons College, 2014; Ph.D., Western New England University, 2019

Professor of the Practice

Elliot D. Lasson
B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1987; M.A., 1990; Ph.D., Wayne State University, 1992

Clinical Professor

Greg Williams
B.A., State of University of New York at Plattsburgh, 1978; M.S., 1980; Ed.D., George Washington University, 1997

Senior Lecturers

Diane Lindwarm Alonso
B.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 1985; M.S., 1995; Ph.D., 1998

Julie Murphy
B.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1991; B.A., 1995; M.A., University of Cincinnati, 1999; Ph.D., 2004

Eileen O’Brien
B.S., University of Pittsburgh, 1973; M.S., The Catholic University of America, 1977; M.A., 1984; Ph.D., 1987


Elissa Abod
B.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 1987; M.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1989; Ph. D., George Mason University, 2001

Robert Anderson
B.S., Towson University, 1976; M.A. 1979; Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1993; Post-doc University of Maryland School of Medicine, 1993-94.

Donald Knight
B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1997; M.A., New York University, 1999; Ph.D., Western Michigan University, 2012

Laura Rose
B.A., Ithaca College, 2006; M.A., Boston College, 2008; Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2014

Adjunct Professors

Maureen Black
B.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 1967; M.A., University of Southern California, 1973; Ph.D., Emory University, 1978

Marc Bornstein
B.A., Columbia College, M.S., Ph.D., Yale University

Michael Cataldo
B.A., University of Rochester, 1968; M.A., University of Kansas, 1971; Ph.D., 1974

David Chavis
B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1978; M.S., 1981; Ph.D., 1983

Geoffrey Schoenbaum
B.S., University of Georgia, 1989; Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1994; M.D., 1996

John Sollers, III
B.S., Towson State University, 1990; M.A., 1995; Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1997

Alan B. Zonderman
B.S. University of Massachusetts, 1973; M.S. University of Colorado, 1974; Ph.D., 1977

Adjunct Associate Professors

Susan E. Bachus
B.A., University of Michigan, 1977; Ph.D., 1987

Louis Hagopian
B.S., Virginia Commonwealth University, 1985; M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1988; Ph.D., 1991

Brenda Hussey-Gardner
B.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 1985; Ph.D., 1995; M.A., M.P.H., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1987

Leslie Katzel
B.S., Cooper Union, 1975; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1981; M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine, 1984

Gloria Reeves
B.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 1993; MD, University of Maryland, Baltimore, 1997

Laura Rowland
Ph.D. University of New Mexico

Cindy Schaefer
B.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 1992; M.A.,1996; Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 2000

Keith Slifer
B.A. McDaniel College, M.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Ph.D. Florida State

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

Vicki Tepper
B.A., Rutgers University, 1979; M.S., 1982; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1989

Jennifer Zarcone
Ph.D., University of Florida

Adjunct Assistant Professors

Carrie S. W. Borrero
B.S., University of Pittsburgh, 1995; M.S., Vilanova University, 1999; Ph.D., University of Florida, 2006

Nicole Hausman
B.A., University of Florida, 2004; M.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2007; Ph.D., 2012

Lisa Jordan
B.S., Elmira College, 1989; M.A.,1993; Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1997

Patricia Kurtz
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., 2006; Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2013

Cara Phillips
M.A., Ph.D., University of Florida

Peter Resta
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

Ashlyn L. Smith
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998; M.A.; Georgia State University, 2007; Ph.D., 2001

Carrington Wendell
B.A., Wake Forest; M.A., Ph.D.,  2011 University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Cheryl Zwart
B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1971; M.A., 1978; Ph.D., 1981

Affiliate Associate Professors

John Martello
B.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 1974; M.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1976; Ph.D., Howard University, 1984

Laura Ting
B.A., Columbia University, 1987; M.S., 1989,  Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore, 2003 

Affiliate Professor

Zane Berge
B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology, 1977; Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1988

Emeritus Professors

Linda Baker
B.A., Rutgers University, 1973; M.S., 1975; Ph.D., 1977

Thomas Blass
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

Marilyn E. Demorest
B.A., Trinity College, 1965; M.A., The Johns Hopkins University, 1967; Ph.D., 1969

Carlo DiClemente
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

Stanley Feldstein
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

Robert R. Provine
B.S., Oklahoma State University, 1965; Ph.D., Washington University, 1971

Emeritus Associate Professor

Robert Deluty
B.A., New York University, 1975; M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1978; Ph.D., 1980

Mary Ann Metzger
B.A., University of Connecticut, 1960; M.A., 1968; Ph.D., 1970

Emeritus Faculty

Karen Freiberg
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.

 Academic Advising

All new freshmen, transfers and recently declared majors should meet with the department’s academic advisor, Ms. Debbie Paul (410-455-2366,, MP Main Office, 312 B) to be provided with advising clearance prior to course registration during their first semester in the major. Ms. Paul will also assist students with a psychology minor and those students who may be considering psychology as a major. During this initial meeting, Ms. Paul 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. Paul 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.

 Honors Program

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

 Graduate Courses

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.

Special Opportunities

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 ( 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.

 Student Organizations

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 Advisors, Dr. Chris Murphy (410-455-2367,, MP 321) or Dr. Laura Rose (410-455-3228,, MP 320).  Visit us at our website at:



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