In The Spotlight

Dr. Katina Sawyer Receives Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology Small Grant

Dr. Katina Sawyer, Assistant Professor of Psychology, was chosen as a recipient of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology Small Grant for a scale development project, entitled "How does conflict 'work' without heteronormative assumptions?  Development and validation of an LGB identity-based work-family conflict scale".  The grant was co-authored by Dr. Christian Thoroughgood (Visiting Assistant Professor) and Jacob Waldrup (Ryder Systems, Inc.).


Zvi Shapiro, M.S., Villanova Psychology, Receives 2013 Ingeborg L. and O. Byron Ward Outstanding Thesis Award

Zvi Shapiro, third from left, was presented with the 2013 Ingeborg L. and O. Byron Ward Outstanding Thesis Award at the recent Psi Chi Banquet.  This annual award is presented by the psychology faculty to a student who produced a particularly outstanding thesis during the previous year.  Zvi's thesis was entitled "The Effect of Serotonin Antagonism at Retrieval on Temporal Averaging" and identified one of the neural mechanisms involved in time perception.  He is shown here with Dr. Michael Brown (Director of the M.S. program in psychology), Dr. Thomas Toppino (Chair, Psychology Department) and Dr. Matthew Matell, who served as faculty sponsor of Zvi's thesis project.  Zvi is currently a student in the Ph.D. program in psychology at Pennsylvania State University.

Zvi Shapiro Receives 2013 Ingeborg L. and O. Byron Ward Outstanding Thesis Award

Dr. John Kurtz Elected President in American Psychological Association

Dr. John Kurtz, Professor in Psychology Department was elected president of Section IX (Assessment Psychology) of the Society of Clinical Psychology, Division 12 of the American Psychological Association.  Congratulations Dr. Kurtz!

Dr. Katina Sawyer Receives "Powerful Voice" Award

Dr. Katina Sawyer, Assistant Professor of Psychology,  received the "Powerful Voice" award from Women's Way, a large non-profit in Philadelphia, PA which focuses on raising awareness about gender equality.  The award is given to an individual who is "up-and-coming" in championing gender and diversity equality.  The award ceremony will be held on May 8, 2014 and over 1,000 individuals from Philadelphia will be present.  Congratulations Dr. Sawyer!

Dr. Gerald Long Retirement Announcement

Dr. Gerald Long, Professor of Psychology, has announced his retirement at the end of the spring 2014 semester.  The Psychology Department wishes him much future happiness and thanks him for his many contributions during a distinguished career.  The Department will honor Dr. Long at a campus-wide reception on April 23rd from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the President's Lounge of the Connelly Center.  ALL members of the University community are invited.  Throughout his career, Dr. Long was an outstanding teacher who was highly regarded by both graduate and undergraduate students.  He also was a highly productive researcher, receiving the Villanova University Outstanding Faculty Research Award in 1988.  Finally, he served the Department, College, and University in many capacities, most notably as Chairperson of the Department of Psychology for 10 years and as Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for 12 years.  

Dr. Janette Herbers Named Visiting Scholar at People's Emergency Center (PEC)

Janette Herbers, Assistant Professor in Villanova University's Department of Psychology, has been named as a Visiting Scholar at People's Emergency Center (PEC).  PEC is a non-profit organization in West Philadelphia that provides comprehensive supportive services to homeless women and their children, works to revitalize the neighborhood, and advocates for social justice.  The Visiting Scholar Program at PEC brings together academically talented researchers and regional and statewide networks of public and nonprofit agencies that assist and support families experiencing homelessness.  Dr. Herbers will be associated with family homelessness, while also expanding the scientific evidence base with respect to promoting resilience for children, youth, and families.

Welcome New Faculty

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.