All psychology classes are taught by instructors who have doctoral degrees in psychology. The faculty have published extensively and regularly present papers at professional associations.
Their areas of expertise include:


  • Adulthood and Aging
  • African-American, Asian-American,
    and Hispanic mental health
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Community Psychology
  • Death, Dying and Bereavement
  • Emotion expression and emotion recognition
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Family processes and Counseling
  • Language Psychology and Education
  • Motivation
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Religion and Psychology
  • Sex Differences
  • Social Psychology
  • Substance Abuse
  • Stress Management and Burnout
  • Urban Youth Violence


In small classes and a supportive environment, students quickly get to know their professors as teachers, mentors, and advisors. Each professor serves as an academic advisor to a small number of psychology majors. Students are encouraged to discuss academic and career concerns with their advisors regularly.


Jennifer Abe-Kim, Ph.D.

Ronald Barrett, Ph.D.

Larry Bernard, Ph.D.

Adam Fingerhut, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Maire Ford, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Judy Foy, Ph.D.

Michael Foy, Ph.D.

Richard Gilbert, Ph.D.

Cheryl Tawede Grills, Ph.D.


David Hardy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department Chair

Joe Hellige, Ph.D.
Professor, LMU Provost

Joseph LaBrie, S.J., Ph.D.

Ricardo Machón, Ph.D.

Michael Mills, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Nora Murphy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Michael O' Sullivan, Ph.D.
Professor, LMU Vice Provost

Vandana Thadani, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


Clinical Professors

  • Erica Holmes, Psy.D.

Visiting Professors

Part-Time Faculty