The Psychology Department is pleased to welcome three new faculty members in the fall of 2013. Dr. Janette Herbers is an assistant professor of psychology with specialties in clinical and developmental psychology. Dr. Anna Drummey is an assistant professor of psychology who will devote half of her time to advising undeclared arts students in the Office of Undergraduate Students. Dr. Christian Thoroughgood is a visiting assistant professor of psychology and human resource development.
Dr. Herbers received her doctoral degree in Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Sciences from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development. Her research focuses on risk and resilience in the development of children facing adversity such as homelessness, poverty, and trauma, with an emphasis on the role of parent-child relationships and developing self-regulation. Dr. Herbers also is licensed as a clinical psychologist in Pennsylvania with expertise in the assessment and treatment of children affected by trauma.
Dr. Drummey received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Villanova University and her doctoral degree in cognitive development from Temple University where she twice won an award for outstanding teaching. Her research has focused on encoding and retrieval in the memory of young children and the elderly. More recently, she has addressed issues of domain-general cognitive control in collaboration with Dr. Irene Kan of our department.
Dr. Thoroughgood received his doctoral degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a concentration in Statistics from the Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on organizational leadership, specifically destructive leadership, abusive supervision, diversity, and the examination of the role of followers and the environmnent in shaping the leadership process. Dr. Thoroughgood has also worked as a freelance consultant, offering solutions for selection, performance management, and test development.
Dr. Richard Andrulis, associate professor of psychology and human resource development, retired from Villanova after 13 years of service. We wish him a very happy retirement. He will be missed for his excellent teaching and for his many administrative contributions to the success of the on-campus Human Resource Development Program.
Ms. Nancy Hippert retired after serving for over 15 years as the senior administrative assistant in the Department of Psychology. She was instrumental in the successful operation of almost every aspect of the department. Faculty, staff, and students will all miss her, but we hope she has a very happy retirement.
Ms. Luisa Ruggieri has joined the Psychology Department as our new senior administrative assistant. She comes to us from the Office of Undergraduate Students where she served the internship program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. We look forward to working with her.
Dr. Katina Sawyer, after two years as a visiting assistant professor, will assume a tenure-track position in the fall of 2013 as an assistant professor of psychology and human resource development. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Villanova University and her dual-doctoral degree in Industrial/Organizaional Psychology and Women's Studies from the Pennsylvaia State University. Her research focuses on work-family conflict, diversity, leadership, and emotions. Dr. Sawyer also has worked as a consultant for a global firm, SHL, providing solutions for empoyee selection, assessment, development, and training.
Shaina's essay, named "Diagnosis Of Late-Life Depression: A Critical Review" can be viewed here.