Phillip Sevigny

Phillip Sevigny

Assistant Professor

Educational Psychology
Education North
psevigny@ualberta.ca


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.