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Heather Servaty-Seib

Professor
Counseling & Development
Department of Educational Studies

Research

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 late adolescent/young adult grief, death and dying-related communication issues, and social support offered to the bereaved. In addition, Dr. Servaty-Seib's research team focuses on a variety of non-death loss experiences (e.g., divorce, romantic breakup, sports injury) and has developed 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
    Omega: Journal of Death and Dying



Education

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)

Servaty-Seib., H. L., Lockman, J., Shemwell, D., Reid Marks, L. (in press). International and domestic students, perceived burdensomeness, belongingness, and suicidal ideation. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. 
  
Lockman, J. D., & Servaty-Seib, H. L. (in press). College student suicidal ideation: Perceived burdensomeness, thwarted belongingness, and meaning reconstruction. Death Studies. 
   
Miller, K., & Servaty-Seib, H. L. (in press). First-year students' loss experiences and institutional belongingness in the transition to college. Journal of the First Year Experience and Students in Transition. 
   
Cousins, C., Servaty-Seib, H. L., & Lockman, J. (in press). College student adjustment and coping for bereaved and non-bereaved college students. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. 
   
Servaty-Seib, H. L., & Fajgenbaum, D. (Eds.). (2015). We get it: Voices of Grieving College Students and Young Adults. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishing. 
   
Ploskonka, R. A., & Servaty-Seib, H. L. (2015). Belongingness and suicidal ideation in college students. Journal of American College Health, 63, 81-87. 
   
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.

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.

 


Experience

2015-Present

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

2007-2015

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

2008-2013

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

2000-2007

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

1997-2000

   Assistant Professor
   Department of Psychology
   Radford University, Radford, VA

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

Courses

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
HONR 29900     Death and Dying