Faculty Experts - Katina Sawyer, PhD

Katina Sawyer, PhD

Katina Sawyer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Industrial organization
  • Gender issues
  • Job attitudes and motivation


Most Americans spend the majority of their day at work. Unfortunately many workers are unhappy with their organization and management, which results in an unmotivated workforce. Dr. Sawyer is an expert in industrial organization, talent management solutions, gender, sexuality and race issues in the workplace, as well as leadership and teambuilding. She can offer thoughts on how to increase company effectiveness by leveraging and transforming human resources strategy.


  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University  
  • M.A., Pennsylvania State University    
  • B.A., Villanova University 

Selected Publications

  • Sawyer, K., Thoroughgood, C.N., & Ladge, J. (forthcoming) Invisible Families, Invisible Conflicts: Examining Identity-Based Work-Family Conflict for Members of Same-Sex Couples. Journal of Vocational Behavior.
  • Thoroughgood, C.N., Sawyer, K. & Webster, J. (forthcoming). Paranoid cognitions in transgender populations: The effects of discrimination on work and health outcomes in a stigmatized population. Journal of Vocational Behavior.
  • Sawyer, K. & Valerio, A.M. (In press). Male champions for gender inclusive organizations. Organizational Dynamics
  • Sawyer, K. & Thoroughgood, C.N. (2012). Culture doesn’t just intersect with diversity, culture defines diversity. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 5, 346-348.
  • Thoroughgood, C.N., Tate, B., Sawyer, K., & Jacobs, R. (2012). Bad to the bone: Empirically defining and measuring destructive leader behavior. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 19, 230-255.
  • Jacobs, R., Thoroughgood, C.N., & Sawyer, K. (2011). Appraising and Managing Police Office Performance (pp. 165-191). The Handbook of Police Psychology (Ed.) J. Kitaeff. Routledge: Arlington, VA.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Teaching Assistantship, Pennsylvania State University
  • Owner and Operator of K. Sawyer Solutions, LLC (Delivering talent and diversity management strategies)  

Selected Research

  • Pennsylvania State University, Graddick-Weir Research Award, 2011.



About Villanova

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