Katina Sawyer

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Assistant Professor of Management
Department of Management
Duques Hall, School of Business
2201 G Street NW
Suite 315
Washington, D.C. 20052
[email protected]

Katina Sawyer, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of management at the George Washington University in the School of Business. Her areas of expertise include diversity, work-life balance, leadership, and negative workplace behaviors. Prior to joining the faculty at the George Washington University, she was an assistant professor of psychology at Villanova University.

Over the years, Dr. Sawyer 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 many public outlets, including Bloomberg Business Week, The Atlantic, Forbes, The Conversation, as well as within other academic presentations and publications. She has been awarded research grants from the National Science Foundation, as well as from the Society for Human Resource Management.

With regard to her applied experience, as a Ph.D. candidate, Dr. Sawyer 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. During and after her graduate work, she worked as an independent consultant and for SHL, a global consulting firm, on the Optimization Services team. 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, 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. Among others, she has taught 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 and is the co-founder of a workplace wellness website, Workr Beeing.

Katina holds 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.


  • Dean's Emerging Scholar Award Winner (2020), the George Washington University School of Business
  • Finalist for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research (2018)
  • Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2017
  • Dr. Terry Nance Award for Teaching and Engagement Excellence – Center for Access, Success and Achievement, Villanova University (2016)
  • Mary Roth Walsh Teaching of the Psychology of Women Award – American Psychological Association (2016)
  • American Psychological Association, Division 35, Section IV Early Career Researcher Award (2016)
  • “Tough Love” Award, granted to an editorial board member who provided excellent critical but supportive reviews, Consulting Psychology Journal
  • Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award – Villanova University, Honors College (2015)
  • Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award – Villanova University (2014)
  • HR Rising Star of the Year Award – Delaware Valley, Nominee (2013)
  • Powerful Voice Award (for work on gender equality) – Women’s Way (2014)
  • Organizational Citizenship Behavior Award for I/O Psychology Program  (2008)
  • Member of Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society and Psi Chi Honors Society

Dual Ph.D., Psychology and Women's Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 2012

Dual M.S., Psychology and Women's Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 2009

B.A., Psychology, Villanova University, 2006

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Negative Workplace Behaviors
  • Leadership
  • Sawyer, K. B., Thoroughgood, C. N., Stillwell, E. E., Duffy, M. K., Scott, K. L., & Adair, E. A. (2021). Being present and thankful: A multi-study investigation of mindfulness, gratitude, and employee helping behavior. Journal of Applied Psychology.
  • Thoroughgood, C.N., Sawyer, K.B., & Webster, J. (In press, Journal of Applied Psychology). Because you’re worth the risks: Acts of oppositional courage as symbolic messages of relational value to transgender employees.
  • Thoroughgood, C.N., Sawyer, K.B., & Webster, J. (2020). Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes). Finding calm in the storm: A daily investigation of how trait mindfulness buffers against paranoid cognition and emotional exhaustion following perceived discrimination at work. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 159, 49-63.
  • Houston, L., Grandey, A., & Sawyer, K.B. (2018). Who cares if “service with a smile” is authentic?An expectancy-based model of customer race and differential service reactions. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 144, 85-96.
  • Martinez, L., Sawyer, K.B., & Thoroughgood, C.N., & Ruggs, E., & Smith, N. (2017). The importance of being “me”: The relation between authentic identity expression and transgender employees’ work-related attitudes and experiences. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102, 215-226.
  • Sawyer, K.B., Thoroughgood, C.N., & Ladge, J. (2017). Invisible families, invisible conflicts: Examining the added layer of work-family conflict for employees with LGB families. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 103, 23-39.