Lisa Hollis Sawyer
Associate Professor, Psychology; Gerontology Faculty, 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, Tests and Measurements, Public Health, Program Assessment.
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 397 Service Learning
PH 470 Research Methods
Research Interests
Dr. Hollis-Sawyer’s research interests range from lifespan human development and intergenerational eldercare to aging women’s mental and physical health. She has authored/co-authored eight textbooks and authored/co-authored 59 scholarly publications. Many of these publications reflect a focus on aging and health outcomes. She is the co-Chair of the APA. Division 35 Committee on Women and Aging. In 2017, she received the APA Division 35’s Florence L. Denmark award for her research on women and aging. She has co-written a 2015 book on women’s positive health entitled “Women and Positive Aging: An International Perspective,” and published an edited 2020 APA book entitled “Older Women Who Work: Resilience, Choice, and Change.” She is a co-author of a 2020 book entitled "Adult Development and Aging."

The University of Akron, Akron OH

Selected Publications

Hollis-Sawyer, L. (2021). Differential treatment of older workers due to COVID-19 accommodations: Potential issues of ageism and age discrimination. Journal of Elder Policy, 1(3), 155-174.

Patrick, J., Hayslip, B., & Hollis-Sawyer, L. (2020).  Adult development and aging. Sage.

Sawyer, T., Nebl, P., & Hollis-Sawyer, L. (2020). Black belt statistics: A competency-based approach (plus SPSS and R). Cognella.

Cole, E., & Hollis-Sawyer, L. (Editors) (2020). Older women who work: Resilience, choice, and change. APA Books.

Hollis-Sawyer, L. (2020). Use it or lose it: Older women and civic engagement. In Cole, E., & Hollis-Sawyer, L. (Editors), Older women who work: Resilience, choice, and change. APA Books.

Additional Information

Selected Professional Awards

Recipient of the 2021 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles for Older Women Who Work: Resilience, Choice, and Change (APA Books, 2020).

Recipient of the 2017 British Medical Association (BMA) “Highly Commended” book   recognition designation for the Hollis-Sawyer, L. A., & Dykema-Engblade, A. (2016). Women and positive aging: An international perspective. Academic Press book. Awarded at the BMA Award Ceremony in London, UK on September 11, 2017.  

Recipient of the 2017 American Psychological Association Division 35 Denmark Women  and Aging Award. Awarded at the APA Conf. in Washington, DC on August 5, 2017.   

Recipient of the 2014 American Psychological Association (APA) Division 20 Mentorship Award in Adult Development and Aging. Awarded at the APA Conference in      Washington, DC on August 9, 2014.    

Recipient of the 2014-2018 Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) Program of Merit Award (as Gerontology Coordinator). Awarded at the AGHE Conference in Denver, CO on March 1, 2014.    

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Northeastern Illinois University
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Chicago, IL 60625
United States

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