Faculty Experts - Katina Sawyer, PhD

Katina Sawyer, Phd

Katina Sawyer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Villanova University 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., Salter, N., & Thoroughgood, C.N. (2012). Studying individual identities is good, but examining intersectionality is better. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 6, 80-84.
  • 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.
  • Thoroughgood, C.N., Sawyer, K., & Hunter, S.T. (2012). Real men don’t make mistakes: Investigating the Effects of Leader Gender, Error Type, and the Occupational Context on Leader Error Perceptions. Journal of Business and Psychology, 28, 31-48.
  • 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.
  • Drago, R., Sawyer, K., Sheffler, K., Warren, D., & Wooden, M. (2011). Did Australia’s Baby Bonus Increase Fertility Intentions and Births? Population Research and Policy Review, 30, 381-397.

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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