Phillip Sevigny

Phillip Sevigny

Assistant Professor

Educational Psychology
Education North

Research and Interests

My research interests have focused mainly on the changing role of men within the family and on understanding factors that promote positive father involvement. Specifically, I have studied fathers’ parenting self-efficacy, and supporting the transition to fathering. I am also interested in the interplay between masculine ideologies, parenting beliefs and parenting behaviours. Additional areas of interest include exploring the influence of nature contact on psychological well-being and better understanding the assessment of existential courage. I am a clinical psychologist, and in that role I have worked primarily with families and children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Professional Affiliations

College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP); Saskatchewan College of Psychologists (SKCP); Canadian Psychological Association (CPA); Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA).

Theoretical Orientation

My theoretical orientation is largely influenced by humanistic and family systems theories. In both clinical assessment and psychotherapy, I believe it important to seek to understand the whole person in the context of their lived experience. I utilize a strengths-based approach to support resilience and foster positive change for my clients.  

Select Publications & Presentations

Brooks, A. M., Ottley, K. M., Arbuthnott, K. D., & Sevigny, P. R. (in press). Nature-related mood effects: Season and simulated nature. Journal of Environmental Psychology.

Berard, N., Loutzenhiser, L., Sevigny, P. R., & Alfano, D. P. (2017).  Executive function, social emotional learning and social competence in school-aged boys with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0829573517707907

Sevigny, P. R. (2017, March). Beyond Risk: Identifying and encouraging the use of character strengths to foster positive change. Keynote address given at the 3nd Canadian National Fatherhood Conference, Winnipeg, MB.

Sevigny, P. R., Loutzenhiser, L., & McAuslan, P. (2016). Development and Validation of the Fathering Self-Efficacy Scale. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 17, 92-102. doi:10.1037/a0039659

Sevigny, P. R., Malloy, D.C., & Ghandehari, O. O. (2016, June). Initial Development of a new scale of Existential Courage. Poster presented at the 3rd Canadian Positive Psychology Conference, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON.

Malloy, D. C., Sevigny, P. R., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Bond, K., Fahey McCarthy, E., Murakami, M., Paholpak, S., Shalani, N., Liu, P. L. & Peng, H. (2014). Religiosity and ethical ideology of physicians: A cross-cultural study. Journal of Religion and Health, 53, 244-254.

Sevigny, P. R. & Loutzenhiser, L (2010). Predictors of parenting self-efficacy in mothers and fathers of toddlers. Child: Care, Health and Development, 36, 179-189.

Loutzenhiser, L., Sevigny, P.R. & Thompson, M. (2010). The division of childcare tasks in the first year: Pre-natal Intentions and Post-natal Reality.  In S. Geissler, L.
Loutzenhiser, J. Praud & L. Streifler (Eds.), Mothering Canada; interdisciplinary voices: La maternité au Canada: Voix interdisciplinaires (pp. 271-281). Toronto, ON: Demeter Press.

Malloy, D. C., Sevigny, P. R., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Jeyaraj, M., Fahey McCarthy, E., Murakami, M., Paholpak, S., Lee, Y., Park, I., & Kim Y. (2009). Perceptions of the effectiveness of ethical guidelines: An international study of physicians. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 12, 373-383.