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Mary Duell

Mary N. Duell, Ph.D. Lecturer
  • Phone 978-934-4104
  • Fax 978-934-3074
  • Office Health and Social Sciences Building #395
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Human sexuality, research methods, & online learning

Research Interest

Past research centered on discrimination learning in rodents, specifically the role of pheromones in learning and behavioral guidance.  Current research interests involve student-generated projects, which have come from an undergraduate research course.  Future interests include the role of the Internet in faculty/student communications and use of new technologies, such as iPads and other mobile devices, to improve student learning outcomes.

Educational Background

B.S., University of Tennessee at Martin

M.A., Austin Peay State University
Ph.D., Texas Christian University


Dr. Duell received her doctorate in experimental psychology in 1981 and has been involved in higher education since that time.  Her teaching interests include human sexuality, fundamentals of conditioning and learning, biological psychology, and research methods and their application.  Dr. Duell is especially interested in promoting student involvement in research, including presentation of student projects at regional and national conferences, and publication of findings from student-generated research studies. She has also been instrumental in the design and teaching of several online courses at UMass Lowell, including Human Sexuality, Brain, Mind, and Behavior, and Research III: Laboratory.  The department's online bachelor's program in psychology currently serves hundreds of students worldwide.  Dr. Duell has been teaching at UMass Lowell since 1996.