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Dr. Erin Dupuis, Associate Professor in Psychological Sciences, published a chapter in the recently released Sage Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. The chapter titled, "Acquaintance Rape" covers definition issues, prevalence, and factors related to victims and perpetrators.

Dr. Glenn Hymel Received the 2017 American Massage Therapy Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nydia Araya ('17) won the Magis Student Leadership Award in the Category of "Student Employee of the Year" for her work in the Student Success Center. Nydia will be attending Louisiana State University this Fall to receive her Master's degree in Higher Education Administration. Congratulations Nydia!

Andrea Cornelius, Loyola University '17 Alumna, won the 2016 Southeastern Psychological Association's Graduate Student Research Award for her presentation titled, "Personality Traits and Perceptions of Sexual Infidelity". Cornelius completed her Senior Thesis with Dr. Kim Ernst, Associate Professor of Psychology. She is currently a graduate student at the University of West Florida studying Industrial-Organizational Psychology. She will begin the Ph.D. program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at St.Louis University this August 2017.

Several Psychological Sciences majors volunteered at and presented research at the 46th Annual Society for Cross Cultural Research Conference held in New Orleans March 1-4, 2017. Dr. Varela and his research assistants (Haley Dourron, Gabby Pucci, Kirsten Klein, Ruth Infante, Nacy Nguyen, and Joshua Quintana) presented a poster titled, "Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Age of Evaluation among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Explanatory Variables."

Dr. Shaawn Ali '08 is chief resident at a Miami hospital, finishing up medical school and a program that had him traveling around the Middle East practicing medicine.

How He Got There: He wanted to be involved in the local health care system, majored in pre-health psychology, conceived and conducted a study on campus with his faculty mentor, won first place overall in the social sciences category at the Louisiana Academy of Sciences, turned down an offer for a full-time position with the Saints to focus on his studies in medicine.

David Zelaya, 2012 Loyola Psychology alumnus and current counseling psychology doctoral student at Georgia State University, has been selected to receive the prestigious American Psychological Association's Minority Fellowship. Only 5-7% of the 200 applicants who apply for the fellowship are accepted. To read more visit,

For others, it might just be words written in stone in front of Monroe Library - "commitment to service" and "special concern for the poor and oppressed." But for Chêle de Marigny Landry '16, the Jesuit ideals are a way of life. 

At the President's Spring 2016 Convocation, two Psychological Sciences faculty were honored with teaching awards. Dr. Chuck Nichols received the First Year Seminar Excellence in Teaching Award for his seminar, "The Pursuit of Happiness". Dr. Erin Dupuis received the Excellence in Community Engaged Teaching Award for her work integrating her psychology courses with service learning at numerous New Orleans non-profit agencies.

Congratulations to the following students who received awards from the Department of Psychological Sciences at the 2015 Humanities and Natural Sciences Honors Convocation Ceremony:


Distinguished Student of Psychology Award

Ms. Jessica D. Williams

Dr. Gerald S. Clack Distinguished Professional Service Award

Mr. Samuel A. Golden
Mr. Brian G. Reaney, II

Dr. Paddy Ann Doll Senior Academic Achievement Award

Ms. Mara T. Steven

Outstanding Research Award


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