Elizabeth Katz

Associate Professor; Director, MA in Psychology, Clinical Concentration


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Texas at Austin,

M.A. in Clinical Psychology, University of Delaware, 1993

B.A. in Psychology, University of Vermont, 1988

She completed her Pre-doctoral Internship at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Perry Point MD.

Her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit focused on research evaluating behavioral treatments for opioid dependence.

Areas of Expertise

Addictive Disorders

Mental Health

Behavioral Health


Dr. Elizabeth Katz is a Maryland Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Associate professor of Psychology at Towson University.

Dr. Katz spent 15 months as a post-doctoral fellow at the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit at Johns Hopkins University after which she moved to Friends Research Institute, Social Research Center. In that position, Dr. Katz was both a Co- and Principal Investigator on several National Institutes on Drug Abuse-funded research studies examining strategies for improving treatment entry, engagement and outcomes among substance dependent populations.

Dr. Katz was hired to direct the MA in Psychology Clinical concentration at Towson University in 2007, after spending 7 years at Friends Research Institute Social Research Center conducting NIH funded research on early engagement strategies with substance dependent patients.  At Towson, Dr. Katz teaches graduate courses in psychotherapy and drug and alcohol abuse counseling as well as Introduction to Psychology at the undergraduate level. In her free time, Dr. Katz enjoys spending time with her two daughters and husband, reading, riding her horse, and cuddling with her dogs.


Research Interests

Dr. Katz’ current research focuses on causes and consequences of substance and behavioral addictions. Her most recent research has addressed: non-medical use of prescription stimulants, alcohol misuse, and problematic social network site and cell phone use.


Clinical Interests

Dr. Katz’s clinical training has focused on treatment of substance dependence (both individual and group interventions) as well as mood and anxiety disorders.


Selected Publications

Dunne EM & Katz EC (2015). Alcohol outcome expectancies and regrettable drinking-related social behaviors. Alcohol and Alcoholism, published online March 26th. PDF.

Dunne EM, Freedlander J, Coleman K, & Katz EC (In Press). Impulsivity, expectancies, and evaluations of expected outcomes as predictors of alcohol use and related problems. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. PDF.

Lookatch SJ, Dunne E & Katz EC (2012). Predictors of non-medical prescription stimulant use. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. 44, 86-91, DOI: 10.1080/02791072.2012.662083. PDF.