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Heather Servaty-Seib

Professor
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, 2001). 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 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