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Heather Servaty-Seib

Professor & Associate Department Head
Counseling & Development
Department of Educational Studies

Research

Adolescent/College Student Bereavement; Support and Communication in the Grieving Process; Loss/Gain Impacts of Life Events.

Heather L. Servaty-Seib leads the grief and loss research team, which aims to conduct research that will assist society (e.g., service professionals, friends, family) in gaining a better understanding of the idiosyncratic experiences of grieving individuals. It is important to note that the team defines loss in a broad way (Harvey, 2001; Murray, 2015). Loss is a construct that traditionally applies to death losses, but can also be applied to many other challenging life experiences (e.g., college graduation, educational transition, divorce and romantic breakups). Grief, therefore, entails the multidimensional responses individuals experience following death and non-death losses (Corr & Corr , 2007).

Within this focus on grief, the team’s current empirical work is targeted toward addressing the interpersonal challenges faced by grieving individuals; including the interpersonal and communication distance/gap that often exists between grieving individuals and society.

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.

Research Team

Appointments on National/International Organizations

  • Editorial Board Member
    Death Studies
  • Editorial Board Member
    International Journal of Aging and Human Development
  • Editorial Board
    Journal of Loss and Trauma
  • 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)

  • Cupit, I. N., Servaty-Seib, H. L., Tedrick Parikh, S., Walker, A. C., & Martin, R. (in press). College and the grieving student: A mixed-method analysis. 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. (2016 online; 2017 print). College student adjustment and coping for bereaved and non-bereaved college students. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying.
  • Lockman, J. D., & Servaty-Seib, H. L. (2016). College student suicidal ideation: Perceived burdensomeness, thwarted belongingness, and meaning reconstruction. Death Studies, 40, 154-164.
  • Servaty-Seib., H. L., Lockman, J., Shemwell, D., Reid Marks, L. (2016). International and domestic students, perceived burdensomeness, belongingness, and suicidal ideation. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 46(2), 141-153.
  • Wachter Morris, C. A., Taub, D. J., Servaty-Seib, H. L., Lee, J.-Y., Miles, N., Werden, D., & Prieto-Welch, S. L. (2015). Expanding capacity for suicide prevention: The ALIVE @ Purdue train-the-trainers program. Journal of College Student Development, 56 (8), 861-866.
  • 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.
  • Tedrick Parikh, S., & Servaty-Seib. H. L. (2013). College students’ beliefs about supporting a grieving peer. Death Studies, 37, 653–669.
  • Taub, D. J., Servaty-Seib, H. L., Miles, N., Lee, J., Wachter Morris, C. A., Prieto-Welch, S. L., & Werden, D. (2013). The impact of gatekeeper training on university resident assistants. Journal of College Counseling, 16, 64-78.
  • 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.
  • Taub, D. J., & Servaty-Seib, H. L. (2011). Training resident assistants to make effective referrals to counseling. The Journal of College and University Student Housing, 37, 10-24.
  • Taub, D. J., Servaty-Seib, H. L., Wachter, C., Prieto-Welch, S. L., & Werden, D. (2011). Developing skills in providing outreach programs: Construction and use of the POSE (Performance of Outreach Skills Evaluation) rubric. Counseling Outcome Evaluation and Research, 2, 59-72.
  • Servaty-Seib, H. L., & Taub, D. J. (2010). Bereavement and college students: The role of counseling psychology. The Counseling Psychologist, 38, 947–975.
  • Miles, N., & Servaty-Seib, H. L. (2010). Parental marital status and young adult offspring’s attitudes about marriage and divorce. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 51, 209-220.

Experience

2015-Present     

Associate Department Head
Department of Educational Studies
College of Education, Prudue University, West Lafayette, IN

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