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Lisa A. Hollis-Sawyer

Lisa A. Hollis-Sawyer

Associate Professor
Northeastern Illinois University


Dr. Lisa A. Hollis-Sawyer, an Associate Professor in the Psychology department and Coordinator of the Gerontology program at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois. She received doctorate in Industrial Gerontology from The University of Akron and conducted post-doctoral NIH/NIA training at Boston University. She is a trained social/industrial psychologist, a gerontologist, and a women and gender studies faculty. In addition, she co-authored four textbooks and books and authored/co-authored 34 scholarly publications. Dr. Lisa received the American Psychological Association’s Division 20 Mentorship Awards in Aging award in 2014, and attained the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education’s Program of Merit designation for the NEIU M.A. in Gerontology program in the same year. She teaches courses related to social, industrial, gender, testing/assessment, and aging-related (developmental) psychology. She actively develops and teaches several e-courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Research Interest

Dr. Lisa’s research interests range from positive aging and eldercare outcomes to a growing aging workforce and retirement policy issues. Her current research agenda involves the examination of positive aging outcomes for diverse groups and their associated lessons of life. She is currently in the process of developing a new graduate-level certificate on elder advocacy for Fall 2016, and she is collaborating on a new book project related to environmental issues with a global aging population. Her research and teaching philosophy reflects a desire to improve the quality of life of older adults, and her hope is to instill this same passion within my students and mentorees!