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Maria Lavooy

Associate Professor | College of Psych. and Liberal Arts - School of Psychology

Contact Information
(321) 674-8178
Harris Commons, 231

Personal Overview

Dr. Lavooy earned an undergraduate degree in Biology, with Biopsychology as her main area of interest and study.  It was this interest that led her to the Behavior Genetics Mouse Lab at Miami University, Ohio, where she earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology.  With 29 years of teaching experience, almost half of them in online instruction, she joined Florida Tech in May of 2010 to serve as the online Applied Psychology program chair. She has been an active member of Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, since her undergraduate years.  She has served as a member of their Board of Directors in the capacity of Southeastern Regional Vice President from 2007-2012 and President from 2012-2015.  Her recent research interests, in addition to the scholarship of teaching and learning, include confronting behavior and diversity, with a primary focus on gender issues.

Educational Background

B.S. Biology, Animal Behavior William Paterson University, NJ 1980
M.A. Experimental Psychology, Animal Behavior Genetics Miami University, OH 1982
Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, Animal Behavior Genetics Miami University, OH 1988

Professional Experience

Florida Institute of Technology, College of Psychology and Liberal Arts, Applied Psychology Program Chair

The University of Central Florida, College of Sciences, Department of Psychology, Cocoa Campus Honors Program Coordinator

The College of St. Elizabeth, Department of Psychology, Chair

Southeastern Region Vice President, Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, 2007-2012

President, Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, 2012-2015


Selected Publications

Murdoch, E. & Lavooy, M.J. (In Preparation). Confronting prejudice: Who will speak up?

Lavooy, M. J. & Katt, J. (In Preparation). Sexist language usage and attitudes toward women: Competence, goodwill, and trustworthiness.

Lavooy, M. J.(2008). Beyond the classroom: Diversity & service learning. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 12(3), 202-206.

Lavooy, M. J. & Newlin, M. H.(2008). On-line chats and cyber-office hours: Everything but the office. The International Journal on E-Learning, 7(1), 107-116.

Scott, V.M., Mottarella, K.E. & Lavooy, M.J. (2006). Does virtual intimacy exist? A brief exploration into reported levels of intimacy in online relationships CyberPsychology & Behavior, 9(6), 759-761.

Newlin, M.H., Lavooy, M.J. & Wang, A.Y. (2005). An experimental comparison of online and conventional instructional formats. North American Journal of Psychology, 7(2), 327-335.

Hahn, M.E. & Lavooy, M. J. (2005). A review of the methods of studies on maternal retrieval and infant ultrasonic vocalization in small rodents. Behavior Genetics, 35(1), 31-52

Lavooy, M. (August, 2004). Instructors Manual and Test Bank for DeGenova, M. K., Intimate Relationships, Marriages, & Families (6th Ed.). McGraw Hill: Boston, MA.

Lavooy, M. J. & Newlin, M. H.(2003). Computer mediated communication: On-line instruction and interactivity. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 14(2), 157-165.

Recognition & Awards

Membership, Professional Organizations:

Association for Psychological Science (APS)

Council on Undergraduate Research 

International Psychology - APA Division 52

Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) – APA Division 2

Southeastern Psychological Association


Current research focuses on confronting behavior and diversity issues.

Research & Project Interests

Recent research interests are related to confronting behavior, diversity, with a primary focus on gender issues, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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