Jacob Sawyer


Assistant Professor of Psychology



Educational Background

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Columbia University

M.Phil., Counseling Psychology, Columbia University 

B.S., Psychology, Central Michigan University 

I am...

I am a counseling psychologist interested in factors related to mental health and wellbeing. My background and training as a clinician strongly informs my approach to my work as a faculty member.

My career at Alma began in


I'm an expert in

grief and bereavement, college student mental health

Signature course(s):

Abnormal Psychology, Grief and Bereavement

Recent publications:

Selected Publications:

Sawyer, J. S. & Moore, A. N. (accepted, pre-publication). Coping methods and college adjustment in a sample of U.S. undergraduate students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of American College Health.

Sawyer, J. S., Wilner, L. L., & Ertl, M. M. (2022). Grief and bereavement beliefs among U. S. mental health professionals and the general public. Death Studies, 46(10), 2346-2353.

Brewster, M. E., Velez, B., Sawyer, J. S., Motulsky, W., Chan, A., & Kim, V. (2021). Family religiosity, support, and psychological well-being for sexual minority atheist individuals. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 13(3), 266-275.

Ertl, M. M., Sawyer, J. S., Martin, J. L., & Brenner, R. E. (2021). The role of objectification in college women’s substance misuse and sexual risk. Journal of Prevention and Health Promotion, 3(1), 68-96.

Sawyer, J. S., Brewster, M. E., & Ertl, M. M. (2021). Death anxiety and death acceptance in atheists and other nonbelievers. Death Studies, 45(6), 459–468.

Sawyer, J. S. (2020). Bereavement outcomes for atheist individuals: The role of spirituality, discrimination, and meaning. Omega - Journal of Death and Dying. Advance online publication.

A full list of my publication history can be found at my google scholar profile: