(773) 442-5846
Lisa Hollis Sawyer
Associate Professor, Psychology; Gerontology Program Coordinator, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Affiliate Faculty, Instructor in the Master of Public Health Degree Program
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5846
Gerontology, Psychology, Women and Gender Studies
Courses Taught
PSYC 401 Gerontology:An Overview
PSYC 402 Developmental Processes in Later Life
PSYC 406 Aging and the Family
PSYC 408 Research methods in Gerontology
PSYC 420 Seminar in Proposal Writing
PSYC 434 Aging Services Network
PSYC 455 Seminar in Aging
PSYC 307 Psych Tests and Measurements
PSYC 308 Psych Tests and Measurements Lab
PSYC 312 Psych Development of Women
PSYC 324 Geropsychology
PSYC 360 Social Psychology
PSYC 365 Industrial Psychology
PSYC 396 Seminar in Psychology
Research Interests
Dr. Hollis-Sawyer conducts research in aging workforce and retirement issues, elder care, older learners, other diversity in aging topics. She also conducts research related to general workplace attitudes, test anxiety, and associated training issues.

The University of Akron, Akron OH

Selected Publications

Hollis-Sawyer, L. (2018).  Dyadic filial research study recruitment and retention: Lessons learned.  In SAGE Research Methods Cases.  New York: Sage. 

Hollis-Sawyer, L. (2017).  Age discrimination in the workplace: Learning from Google’s experience.  In SAGE Business Cases.  New York: Sage. 

Hollis-Sawyer, L. (2016).  Sex therapy. In Goldberg, A. (Editor), The SAGE encyclopedia of LGBTQ   studies.  New York:  Sage Publications.  

Hollis-Sawyer, L. (2016).  Nonbiological, nongestational mother.  In Goldberg, A. (Editor),The SAGE encyclopedia of LGBTQ studies.  New York:  Sage.  

Hollis-Sawyer, L. A., & Dykema-Engblade, A. (2016).  Women and positive aging: An international perspective.  New York: Academic Press.   

Hollis-Sawyer, L. A., & Sawyer, T. P. (2014).  “By the numbers:” Language-based and competency enhancing math instruction to alleviate older women’s math stereotype threat reactions.  International Journal of Education, 6(3), 157-174.  

Hollis-Sawyer, L., & Cuevas, L. (2013). “Mirror, mirror on the wall:” Ageist and sexist “double jeopardy” portrayals in children’s picture books. Educational Gerontology, 39(12), 902-914.

Hollis-Sawyer, L. A. (2011). A math-related decrement stereotype threat reaction among older “non-traditional” college learners. Educational Gerontology, 37(4), 292-306.

Hollis-Sawyer, L. A., Thornton, G. C., III., Hurd, B., & Condon, M. E. (October 2008). Exercises in psychological testing laboratory manual (2nd edition). New York: Allyn & Bacon.

Hollis-Sawyer, L. A. (2008). Exercises in psychological testing laboratory manual instructor’s guide (2nd edition). New York: Allyn & Bacon.

Hollis-Sawyer, L. A., & Sawyer, T. P. (2008). Potential stereotype threat and face validity effects on cognitive-based test performance in the classroom. Educational Psychology, 28(3), 291-304.

Selected Exhibitions

Hollis-Sawyer, Lisa (2014, October). Paradigm shift” in assessing older learners: Toward a positive aging model and testing practice. Paper to be presented at the 2014 Clute Institute international conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Sterns, Harvey, Hollis-Sawyer, Lisa, Smile, Maureen Pierce, Moody, Harry, Taylor, Jill, & Woods-Scott, Urrikka (2014, February). Finding the “Silver Lining”: Promoting Service Careers in Aging. Co-Chair of a symposium presented at the 2014 Association for Gerontology in Higher Education conference, Denver, CO.

Hollis-Sawyer, Lisa (2014, February). Understanding aging through the "eyes" of social media. Poster presented at the 2014 Association for Gerontology in Higher Education conference, Denver, CO.

Hollis-Sawyer, Lisa (2013, November). “Positive aging” assessments of older adults. Poster presented at the 2013 Aging and Society interdisciplinary conference in Chicago, IL.

Hollis-Sawyer, Lisa (2013, March). Older learners in an e-course environment. Poster presented at the 2013 American Society on Aging, Chicago, IL.

Room BBH 307E
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5846
Office Hours
Tuesdays: 4-7 p.m.
Saturdays: 1-2 p.m.
Monday through Friday: 1-2 p.m. (online)
By appointment
El Centro
Main Campus
Masami Takahashi
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5845
Developmental Psychology, Gerontology
Courses Taught
Master’s Thesis Seminar (G)
Aging and Diversity (G)
Research Designs and Methods (G)
Values, Decision Making, and the Elderly (G)
Meanings of Old Age (G)
Developmental Processes and Aging (G)
Seminar on Wisdom (G)
History of Psychology (UG)
Research Designs and Methods (UG)
Survey of Psychology (UG)
Introductory Psychology (UG)
Introductory Developmental Psychology (UG)
Popular Films and Adult Development (UG)
Psychosocial Development and Aging (UG)
Research Interests
My research interests currently revolve around three areas: (a) definition, ope rationalization, and evaluation of psychological strengths in late adulthood (e.g., wisdom, spirituality, religiosity); (b) potential factors of longevity in the Blue Zones, and (c) psychosocial profile of the former kamikaze pilots with implications in other suicide missions around the world

Ph.D., Spring 1999              Developmental Psychology. Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

M.S., Summer 1990             Psychology. University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX

B.A., Spring 1988                 Psychology. University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX

Selected Publications

Takahashi, M. (2014). Koureika to shukyo no rounen/sinrigakuteki kousatsu [Aging and Religion in contemporary society: The dark side of ego integration and meaning of life]. Contemporary Religion. Tokyo, Japan: International Religious Research Institute.

Takahashi, M. (2013). Wisdom of the East and West: A relational developmental systems perspective. In M. Ferrari & N. Westrate (Eds.), The scientific study of personal wisdom. New York: Springer.

Takahashi, M. (Producer/Director). (2006). Last Kamikaze: Testimonials from the WWII suicide pilots. [Motion picture]. United States: phi phenom production (Available from Documentary Educational Resources, Inc., 101 Morse St., Watertown, MA 02472-2554)

Takahashi, M., & Overton, W. F. (2005). Cultural foundations of wisdom: An integrated developmental approach. In R. J. Sternberg & J. Jordan (Eds.), A Handbook of wisdom (pp. 32-60). New York: Cambridge University Press.


Selected Performances

Takahashi, M. (December 1, 2007). Last Kamikaze: Testimonials from WWII suicide pilots. Film, Video, and Interactive Media Screening Program, Film presented at the 115th American Anthropological Association, Washington DC.

Takahashi, M., Willcox, B. J. & Willcox, D. C. (November 21, 2006) Champuru: The Okinwan recipe forhealthy aging. In the Okinawan secret of longevity: How to live to be 100. An interactive session at the Northeastern Illinois Universtiy Generativity Club lecture series, Chicago, IL.

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