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Mary Duell

Mary Duell
Mary N. DuellAssociate Teaching Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4000
  • Email

Research Interests

Human sexuality, research methods, & distance learning

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.


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.

Selected Publications

  • Duell, M.N. (2006) "Distance Learning: Psychology Online," Handbook of the Teaching of Psychology pp. 142