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Heather Servaty-Seib

Counseling & Development
Department of Educational Studies


Research interests include a broad range of areas within the field of thanatology (i.e., the study of death and dying) with particular emphasis on adolescent grief and social support offered to the bereaved. In addition, Dr. Servaty-Seib has an ongoing project with her research team focused on the development of the Perceived Impact of Life Events Scale, an instrument that uses a gain/loss approach to assessing the multidimensional impact of single life events.

Appointments on National/International Organizations

  • Editorial Board Member
    Death Studies
  • Editorial Board Member
    International Journal of Aging and Human Development
  • Editorial Board Member
    Journal of Youth and Adolescence
  • Editorial Board Member
    Omega: Journal of Death and Dying


Ph.D.    University of North Texas, Counseling Psychology
M.S.    University of North Texas, Counseling Psychology
B.A.    Concordia College, Psychology

Selected Publications

(underlining indicates student co-authors)

Ploskonka, R. A., & Servaty-Seib, H. L. (in press). Belongingness and suicidal ideation in college students. Journal of American College Health

Servaty-Seib, H. L. (2014). Using a gain/loss framework to measure impact: The Perceived Impact of Life Event Scale. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 19, 331-354.

Servaty-Seib, H. L., & Tedrick Parikh, S. (2014). Using service-learning to integrate death education into counselor preparation. Death Studies, 38, 194-202.

Deatherage, S., Servaty-Seib, H. L., & Askoz, I. (2014). Stress, coping, and internet use of college students. Journal of American College Health, 62, 40-46.

Servaty-Seib, H. L., Taub, D. J., Lee, J., Wachter Morris, C., Werden, D., Prieto-Welch, S., & Miles, N. (2013). Using the Theory of Planned Behavior to predict resident assistants’ intention to refer at-risk students to counseling. The Journal of College and University Student Housing, 39, 48-69.

Tedrick Parikh, S., & Servaty-Seib. H. L. (2013). College students’ beliefs about supporting a grieving peer. Death Studies, 37, 653–669.

Primeau, J., Servaty-Seib, H. L., Enersen, D. (2013). Type of writing task and college students’ meaning-making following a romantic breakup.  Journal of College Counseling, 16, 32-48. 

Servaty-Seib, H. L., & Taub, D. J. (2010). Bereavement and college students: The role of       counseling psychology. The Counseling Psychologist, 38, 947–975.

Servaty-Seib, H. L., & Burleson, B. R. (2007). Bereaved adolescents’ evaluations of the helpfulness of support-intended statements: Associations with person centeredness and demographic, personality, and contextual factors. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 24, 207-223.




   Associate Professor
   Department of Educational Studies
   College of Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 


  Training Director
   Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program
   Counseling and Development
   Department of Educational Studies, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN


   Assistant Professor
   Department of Educational Studies
   College of Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN


   Assistant Professor
   Department of Psychology
   Radford University, Radford, VA

1994-1996    Instructor
   Department of Psychology
   University of North Texas, Denton, TX


EDPS 31700      Collaborative Leadership: Mentoring
EDPS 50000      Human Relations in Groups
EDPS 59000      Children and Death
EDPS 59000      Individual Research Problem
EDPS 60000      Counseling Theories and Techniques
EDPS 61000      Adult/College Counseling Practicum
EDPS 61700      Professional Issues, Ethics, & History of Counseling Psychology
EDPS 61900      Counseling Psychology Research Practicum
EDPS 62000       Psychological/Personality Assessment
EDPS 62400      Advanced Counseling Practicum/Doctoral Off-site
EDPS 69500     Internship in Mental Health Counseling
EDPS 69900      Dissertation Research