Jacob Sawyer

Assistant Professor, Baccalaureate Psychology Program
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General Studies, 202
Penn State Mont Alto | 1 Campus Drive | Mont Alto, PA 17237

Jacob S. Sawyer


Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Columbia University, 2017

Courses Taught

  • PSYCH 100: Introductory Psychology
  • PSYCH 221: Introduction to Social Psychology
  • PSYCH 270: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYCH 432: Multicultural Psychology in America (U.S.)
  • PSYCH 441: Health Psychology
  • PSYCH 470: Abnormal Psychology
  • HDFS 411: The Helping Relationship
  • HDFS 414: Resolving Human Development and Family Problems

Faculty Scholarly Activities

  1. Sawyer, J. S., Brewster, M. E., & Ertl, M. M. (2019). Death anxiety and death acceptance in atheists and other nonbelievers. Death Studies. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2019.1648339
  2. Sawyer, J. S., & Brewster, M. E. (2018). Assessing posttraumatic growth, complicated grief, and psychological distress in bereaved atheists and believers. Death Studies. doi:10.1080/07481187.2018.1446061
  3. Brewster, M. E., Hammer, J., Sawyer, J. S., Eklund, A., & Palamore, J. (2016). Perceived experiences of atheist discrimination: Instrument development and evaluation. Journal of Counseling Psychology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cou0000156
Research Interests

Death, dying, and bereavement; experiences of nonreligious and atheist individuals; college student mental health


Evidence-based Peer Health Education: New Paradigms and Opportunities - 2018

LGBTQ Health - 2018

Assessing posttraumatic growth, complicated grief, and psychological distress in bereaved atheists and believers, Death Studies - 2018

Ethics in Gender Research - 2017

Gender Socialization in Men - 2017

A Content Analysis of Scholarship on Consensual Nonmonogamies: Methodological Roadmaps, Current Themes, and Directions for Future Research, COUPLE AND FAMILY PSYCHOLOGY-RESEARCH AND PRACTICE - 2017

Perceived Experiences of Atheist Discrimination: Instrument Development and Evaluation, JOURNAL OF COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY - 2016

Atheism and the American Family - 2014


Ph D, Counseling Psychology, Columbia University

M Phil, Counseling Psychology, Columbia University

BS, Psychology, Central Michigan University