Elizabeth Katz


Professor, Chair, Institutional Review Board


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 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.  At the undergraduate level, Dr. Katz teaches Introduction to Psychology, a yearlong course that addresses Research Methods and Statistical Analysis in an integrated fashion, Behavioral Statistics, and Behavior Modification.  At the graduate level, she teaches a course on Counseling Strategies for Drug and Alcohol Abuse.  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. 


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

Katz EC (2020). Prevention of Mental Health and Behavior Problems. In Elmore JG, Katz DL, Wild, DMG, Nelson, HD (eds.). Jekels’ Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Public Health, and Preventive Medicine, 5th Edition. Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders

Wildberger J & Katz EC (In Press). Marijuana Attitudes among Substance Use Clinicians. Journal of Substance Use.  

Katz EC, Earnest DR, & Lewis C. (2018). Impact of negative mood and craving on a classroom policy prohibiting mobile technology use. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science, 3 (e-ISSN 2366-5963), 69-76, DOI: 10.1007/s41347-017-0042-2. 

Lookatch SJ, Moore TM, & Katz EC (2014). Effects of gender and motivations on perceptions of nonmedical use of prescription stimulants. Journal of American College Health, 62, 255-262, DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2014.891593. Published online: 8 May 2014.

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