Sister Agnes Hughes, IHM, Ph.D.

Sister Agnes Hughes, IHM, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Loyola Hall 332
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Ph.D in Psychology, Fordham University, 1967

M.A. in Experimental Psychology, Fordham University, 1964

A.B. in Theology,  Immaculata University,  1958


Sister Agnes Hughes, IHM is a professor of psychology at Immaculata University and is a licensed psychologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  She received her B.A.  in theology from Immaculata University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Fordham University.  She did postdoctoral studies at the Jungian Institute in Zurich, Switzerland and with Erik Erikson through the International Institute for Humanistic Studies in Vermont. 

She has wide experience as a facilitator, workshop director, lecturer, teacher, counselor, and spiritual director for both men and women, lay and religious. Over the years she has worked closely with a variety of groups, including women religious and clergy, teachers, principals, formation directors, parents, parish and civic groups.  As a professional, she has worked to blend her background in both theology and psychology into an understanding of the truth that grace builds on nature, or in other words, to demonstrate that  the pursuit of wholeness and holiness is indeed a single goal in the life of each person. 

Teaching experience:

  • Professor of Psychology at Immaculata University, 1963-present
  • Lecturer at St. Charles Seminary, 1973-1989
  • Instructor at Cardinal Dougherty High School, 1956-1962
Courses Taught: 
  • PSY 208 – Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
  • PSY 303 – Psychological Testing
  • PSY 312 – Theories of Personality
  • PSY 338 – Psychology Through Literature and Film
  • PSY 418 – History of Psychology
  • PSY 419 – Contemporary Issues in Psychology
Research Interests: 
  • Assessment of stages of faith development across stages of human development
  • Self-esteem issues in children and adolescents
  • Positive aspects of aging
  • Conflict resolution strategies
  • Integration of psychology and spirituality
  • The Christian Perspective on Individuation:  Psychological and Spiritual Helps for the Journey to Wholeness, Journal of Pastoral Counseling, XXII, Spring-Summer, 1987, 24-32.
  • Effects of Syntactical Meditation, Age, and Modes of Representation in Paired-Associate Learning, Child Development, 1972, 42, 1827-36.
  • Prejudice and the Christian, Journal of Pastoral Concern, 1970, 2, 152-57.

Over 250 lectures and workshops, 1970-present. Titles include Human Growth and Development, Moral Development, Group Process, Communication Skills, Self-Discovery Workshop

National lectures on stages of development in California, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania; summers 1996-2001

Fifteen additional workshops, 1996-1999. Titles include Leadership, Motivation, Empowerment, Loss and Grieving

  • International Institute of Humanistic Studies: Postdoctoral Fellowship Seminar with Erik Erikson, 1978
  • University of Maryland Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1973
  • Sigma Xi National Honor Society, 1965-present
  • National Institute of Mental Health Predoctoral Fellowship, 1965-1967


Professional Memberships: 
  • American Psychological Association
  • Licensed Psychologist of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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