Colleen Spada Psy.D.

Associate Professor


  • Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD
  • M.S. Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD
  • B.S. Biology, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Professional Experience

  • 2023-Present Associate Professor, Stevenson University
  • 2006-Present Licensed Psychologist & Owner, C&L Therapies, LLC
  • 2020-2022 Assistant Professor, Stevenson University
  • 2019-2020 Visiting Senior Lecturer, Stevenson University
  • 2010-2019 Adjunct Faculty, Stevenson University
  • 2010 Interim Staff Psychologist, Goucher College
  • 2003-2013 Affiliate Professor, Loyola University Maryland
  • 2008-2011 Adjunct Professor, Community College Baltimore County
  • 2004-2006 Psychologist, Vanderhorst and Associates
  • 2002-2004 Inpatient Therapist, Saint Luke Institute
  • 2001-2002 Psychology Intern, Northern Arizona University Counseling


I have a number of research interests. Current projects include Self-Compassion, Moral Injury, Pregnancy and Childbirth


  • Spada, C., Boyce, K., & Scott, S. (2023). Self-compassion protects against moral injury: Why don’t we teach it in school? Division 35 APA Programming.
  • Mendez, E., Atkinson, K., Scott, S., Boyce, K., Hooper, P., Mehiel, N., Spada, C., & Metzger, R. (2023, April 5-8). The relationship of moral injury to adverse childhood experiences and self-compassion. Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting.
  • Spada, C. (2022). To confront or not to confront: Responding to clients’ racist remarks. The Maryland Psychologist. (67)3, 23-25.
  • Gloyd, K., Neitch, O., Boykins, R., Roche, S., Spada, C., Simmons, N., Metzger, R., & Mehiel, N. (2022). A preliminary investigation of moral injury in college students. Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting.
  • Spada, C. (2021). Compassion fatigue: What is it and what do I do about it? Keynote Speaker, Psychology Department Research and Experiential Learning Showcase.
  • Spada, C. (2021). Words matter: The gender of everyday language. In Wong, M.S., Weiner, L., Cerniak, J., & Yee, L.T.S. (Eds.), Incorporating diversity in classroom settings: Real and engaging examples for various psychology courses. (Vol 1: Ability, age, culture, ethnicity/race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status) (pp. 214-218). Society for the Teaching of Psychology.


  • Clinical Skills
  • Clinical Interviewing
  • Integrated Assessment
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice
  • Psychodynamic Models
  • Case Consultation
  • Advanced Consultation

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