Ayse Ikizler

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Ayse Ikizler

SMCM Alum , Class of 2007


Dr. Ikizler came to St. Mary's after completing her doctoral internship at the University of Maryland Counseling Center in 2016. Her research focuses on the link between various forms of oppressive experiences (e.g., ethnic discrimination) and mental health outcomes among marginalized groups, with a special interest in Arab/Middle Eastern Americans, sexual minorities (e.g., LGBQ), and Muslim mental health. Issues pertaining to intersectionality are also central to Dr. Ikizler’s research.

Areas of Research Specialization

  • Multicultural psychology
  • Psychological dysfunction
  • Counseling/Psychotherapy
  • Intersectionality
  • Social justice advocacy

Areas of Teaching Specialization

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Counseling Theories


  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at University of Tennessee - Knoxville, 2016
  • M.A. in Psychology at University of Tennessee – Knoxville, 2013
  • B.A. in Psychology at St. Mary's College of Maryland, 2007