Katina Sawyer, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Villanova University in the Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development, in the Psychology department. During and after her graduate work, she worked as an independent consultant and for SHL, a global consulting firm, on the Optimization Services team. Her areas of expertise include leadership, diversity, and strategic HR management.
As a Ph.D. candidate at the Pennsylvania State University, Katina was able to provide independent HR consulting services for various organizations, creating selection systems, performance appraisal processes, trainings and participating in test development. She has also worked on the development and administration of strategic assessment centers, both independently and as a part of SHL. For three years, Katina worked on a grant from the Department of Defense, evaluating military training systems and determining their effectiveness for increasing solider performance. While working for SHL, Katina was able to work with many Fortune 500 companies, specifically focusing on gathering and utilizing HR metrics to demonstrate ROI for HR selection systems. As a faculty member at Villanova, Katina is able to utilize her expertise and experience to teach future HR leaders how to maximize the potential of HR within their organizations and how to effectively align HR practices with business objectives. She teaches Introduction to HR, Organizational Psychology, and Diversity and Globalization at the Master’s level. She also owns K. Sawyer Solutions, a consulting firm which offers data-driven solutions to organizations with regard to selection, assessment, leadership development, performance management, and diversity and inclusion.
Over the years, Katina has published numerous peer–reviewed articles and book chapters about leadership, diversity, training effectiveness, performance appraisal systems, and work-family conflict. She has also presented her work at various academic conferences, including the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, National Women’s Studies Association, and the Academy of Management. Her work has been cited in Bloomberg Business Week, the Atlantic, SIOP, Psychology Central, Live Science, and within other academic presentations and publications. She is a 2014 recipient of the Women’s Way “Powerful Voice” award for her work towards gender equality and she is also the 2014 recipient of Villanova’s university-wide Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.
Katina has a dual-Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Women’s Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Villanova University.