In The Spotlight

Dr. Katina Sawyer Receives 2014 Villanova Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching!

She will be acknowledged at the Commencement ceremony.  Congratulations Dr. Sawyer!


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.   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.