Stacy McDonald


Associate Professor / Chair, Institutional Review Board

BA, Psychology, Holy Family University
MA, Psychology, University of Delaware
PhD, Psychology (Social Concentration), University of Delaware

Courses Taught

General Psychology (F2F and Online)
Honors General Psychology
Social Psychology
Internship I and II
Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences
Quantitative Research Methods
Advanced Research Methods
Junior Seminar in Psychology
Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Psychology
Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences (Graduate Level)

Teaching Focus/Philosophy

"Holy Family University welcomes and cares for students, faculty, and staff as members of a diverse but interconnected family." This is the core value of our mission that I recognized the most and sincerely appreciated when I was an undergraduate student at Holy Family. It is also one of the core values that brought me back to Holy Family as a faculty member.

I strive to help students become excited about the field of Psychology by making the learning process enjoyable, yet challenging. I value the opportunities I have to mentor my students and offer support and guidance as they make decisions regarding their educational and career goals.

Recent Presentations/Publications

McDonald, S.A., Dasch-Yee, K., & Grigg, J. (2018, March). Perceived incongruent grief following involuntary pregnancy loss. Presentation given at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Dasch-Yee, K., Grigg, J., & McDonald, S.A. (2018, March). Perceived coping congruence following involuntary pregnancy loss. Poster presentation given at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

McDonald, S.A., & Grigg, J. (2017, April). The social impact of depression: How meditation can help. Invited Presentation given at the Mental Health Program, Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA

Meyer, M.L., & McDonald, S.A. (2017, January). Beyond the bachelor’s: Benefits of a professional development course. Co-leader of a participant idea exchange session at the 39th annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete Beach, FL.

Meyer, M.L., McDonald, S.A., DellaPietra, L., Wiechnik, M., & Dasch-Yee. K.B. (2016). Do students overestimate their contribution to class? Congruency of student and professor ratings of class participation. Manuscript under review.

Meyer, M.L., & McDonald, S.A. (2016, January). Taboo review. Invited teaching demonstration presented at the 38th annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete Beach, FL.

McDonald, S.A., & Menago, D. (2015, March). Top 5 techniques for creating blended and online courses. Presentation given at the Quality Matters Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference on Quality Assurance in Education, Philadelphia, PA.

McDonald, S.A., & Meyer, M.L. (2015, January). Peer evaluation: Does it improve oral presentation performance? Poster presented at the 37th annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete Beach, FL.

Additional Info

I am currently serving as the Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Holy Family University as well as the co-moderator of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.

Current Research Interests

In addition to a general interest in improving student outcomes by engaging in the scholarship of teaching and learning, my primary research interest involves relationship outcomes following pregnancy loss. I am a member of the Involuntary Pregnancy Loss (IPL) Collaborative, along with Dr. Kimberly Dasch-Yee and Dr. Jenai Grigg. The IPL Collaborative’s research agenda seeks to examine the psychosocial effects of involuntary pregnancy loss on women and their partners. Our current project is an online survey examining the grief, coping, and relationship experiences of women who have experienced pregnancy loss as well as how they perceive the grief and coping of their partners. Within this project, I am particularly interested how perceived incongruent grief influences relationship satisfaction and commitment.

In January 2018, the IPL Collaborative received the Ray L. Taylor Memorial Award to help fund this research.

Relevant Links

The IPL Collaborative
The IPL Conference
IPL Collaborative Blog

Stacy McDonald
Office: HFH 308A
Phone: 267-341-3549