Jo-Ann Amadeo

Jo-Ann Amadeo (no photo)

Professor Emerita


Academic Credentials

B.A., Susquehanna University
M.S., The Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D., University of Maryland


Dr. Jo-Ann Amadeo joined the Marymount University faculty in the fall of 2011. Prior to coming to Marymount, she taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Maryland; served as associate director of a large, international study of civic attitudes and behaviors among adolescents; co-directed a living/learning center for first- and second-year university students; and conducted evaluation research.

Her work has afforded her the opportunity to travel extensively; she has presented research findings at conferences in a wide range of countries around the world.

Other Information

Teaching Area

  • General Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Learning and Cognition
  • Research Methods
  • Senior Seminar

Research Interests

  • Adolescents’ Development of Civic-related Attitudes, Knowledge, and Behaviors
  • Media Influence and Use among Children and Adolescents
  • Secondary Analysis of Large-Scale International Assessments in the area of Civic and Citizenship Education


Amadeo, J., Hennessey, N.D., & Torney-Purta, J. (2012).  Adolescents’ identity
development during political and social transitions: A unit for undergraduate psychology classes. Psychology Learning and Teaching, Vol. 11 (3), 343-348.

Amadeo, J. (2015).  Civic skills. Encyclopedia of American governance,
Volume 1 (pp. 273-276). New York: Macmillan Publishers.

Torney-Purta, J., & Amadeo, J. (2020).Civic Education: The history of international large-scale assessments and the knowledge base they provide.  In T. L. Good & M. McCaslin (Eds.), Educational Psychology Section; D. Fisher (Ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of Education (Online). Taylor & Francis: New York. (Link)


Phone: 703-284-1628