Jill  Norvilitis

Jill Norvilitis

Chair and Professor
(716) 878-3145
Campus Address: Classroom Building C318

Dr. Norvilitis is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in children with ADHD, both in the United States and cross-culturally. Recently, due to the issues she sees everyday, she has become interested in consumer debt in college students. Dr. Norvilitis earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, and has been a faculty member at Buffalo State since 1997.

When not teaching or doing research, Dr. Norvilitis spends time working on this website and writing the department newsletter. Dr. Norvilitis welcomes students who are interested in doing research with her or who are interested in helping out with the newsletter.

Recent Students Mentored

Veronica Darlow:  Veronica, who was awarded membership in Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities, is a May 2015 graduate.  She presented her independent study, The relationship between helicopter parenting and adjustment to college, at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Philadelphia, PA.  She also presented her research at the Buffalo State Student Research and Creativity Celebration.  Veronica will enroll in the University of Pennsylvania’s master’s in psychology program in the fall of 2015.

Meghan Batt: Meghan Batt, who was the recipient of the Psychology Department’s Esther McGinnis Award in Psychology, graduated in December 2014.  She presented her independent study, The relationship between student loans and loan attitudes and locus of control, at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Boston, MA and at the Buffalo State Student Research and Creativity Celebration.  She recently submitted her research for possible publication in a journal.

Tessa Bechtold, who was the recipient of the Psychology Department’s Dr. Jack Morganti Award for Excellence in Service, graduated in May 2014.  She received an undergraduate student mini-grant in the fall of 2013 for her study, College students and ADHD medication.  The mini-grant enabled her to recruit over 600 participants using Amazon’s M-Turk.  With the assistance of travel funds from the Office of Undergraduate Research, she presented the results of her study at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Boston, MA and at the Buffalo State Student Research and Creativity Celebration in 2014.  Tessa is enrolled in the Mental Health Counseling graduate program at the University at Buffalo.

Pamela Mordick: Pam, who was the recipient of the Department of Psychology’s David Vernon Bullough Outstanding Senior Award, graduated in May 2013. Religiosity and academic self-efficacy and adjustment among undergraduate college students, at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting in New York City in March, 2013.  She also presented her research at the SRCC in April 2012.  Pamela is enrolled in the MSW program at the University at Buffalo.

Kira Bruce:  Kira, who was a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award, graduated in 2013. Kira presented her honors thesis, Effects of parental divorce on offspring’s intimate relationships, at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting in New York City and at the Student Research and Creativity Celebration 2012.  Kira Bruce also completed an independent study, for which she received a Small Grant to Support Undergraduate Research in the fall of 2012.  She presented her independent study, The implications of gender neutrality on preschool age children, at the Student Research and Creativity Celebration in 2013.  She recently completed her master’s degree at Columbia University.

Morgan Morningstar:  Morgan, who graduated in 2012, was the recipient of both the SUNY Chancellor’s Award and the Psychology Department’s David Vernon Bullough Outstanding Senior Award.  Morgan presented her independent study, Gender and characteristic overlap among Cluster B personality disorders, at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting in March 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA.  She later presented her honors thesis, Cluster B personality disorders and their dimensional fit with the five-factor model at the Student Research and Creativity Celebration.  She is enrolled in the American Studies doctoral program at the University at Buffalo.

Representative Publications

Marsh, L. E.,* Norvilitis, J. M., Ingersoll, T. S., & Li, B. (2015).  ADHD symptomatology, fear of intimacy, and sexual anxiety and behavior among college students in China and the United States.  Journal of Attention Disorders, 19, 211-221. DOI: 10.1177/1087054712453483

Norvilitis, J. M. (2014).  Changes over time in college student credit card attitudes and debt.  Journal of Consumer Affairs, 48, 634-647.  DOI: 10.1111/joca.12043

Norvilitis, J. M., Reid, H. M., Ling, S., & Chen, S.* (2013).  Motivation to attend college:  A comparison of American and Chinese students, and the effects of ADHD symptomatology and personality upon their motivation.  Journal of the First Year Experience and Students in Transition, 25, 93-111.

Norvilitis, J. M., & Mendes-Da-Silva, W. (2013).  Attitudes toward credit and finances among college students in Brazil and the United States.  Journal of Business Theory and Practice, 1 (1), 132-151.

Norvilitis, J. M., & Mao, Y. (2013).  Attitudes toward credit and finances in college students in China and the United States.  International Journal of Psychology, 48, 389-398. DOI:10.1080/00207594.2011.645486

Norvilitis, J. M., Sun, L., & Zhang, J. (2010).  ADHD symptomatology and adjustment to college in China and the United States.  Journal of Learning Disabilities, 43, 86-94. DOI: 10.1177/0022219409345012

Norvilitis, J. M., & MacLean, M. G. (2010).  The role of parents in college students’ financial behaviors and attitudes.  Journal of Economic Psychology, 31, 55-63.  doi.org/10/1016/j/joep.2009.10.003

Norwalk, K.,* Norvilitis, J. M., & MacLean, M. G. (2009).  ADHD symptomatology and its relationship to factors associated with college adjustment.  Journal of Attention Disorders, 13, 251-258. DOI: 10.1177/1087054708320441

Norvilitis, J. M., Ingersoll, T., Zhang, J., & Jia, S. (2008).  Self-reported symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder among college students in China and the United States.  Journal of Attention Disorders, 11, 558-567.

Zhang, J., Norvilitis, J. M., & Ingersoll, T. S. (2007).  Idiocentrism, allocentrism, psychological well being and suicidal ideation:  A cross cultural study.  Omega:  Journal of Death and Dying, 55, 131-144.

Norvilitis, J. M., Merwin, M. M., Osberg, T. M., Roehling, P. V., Young, P., & Kamas, M. M.* (2006). Personality factors, money attitudes, financial knowledge and credit card debt in college students.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36, 1395-1413.

Scime, M.,* & Norvilitis, J. M. (2006).  Task performance and response to frustration in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Psychology in the Schools, 43, 377-386.

Norvilitis, J. M., & Fang, P. (2005).  Perceptions of ADHD in China and the United States:  A preliminary study.  Journal of Attention Disorders, 9, 413-424.

Norvilitis, J. M., Szablicki, P. B.,* & Wilson, S. D.* (2003).  Factors influencing levels of credit card debt in college students. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 33, 935-947.

Zhang, J., & Norvilitis, J. M. (2002).  Measuring Chinese psychological well-being with Western developed instruments. Journal of Personality Assessment, 79, 502-521.

Norvilitis, J. M., Scime, M.,* & Lee, J. S.* (2002).  Courtesy stigma in mothers of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Attention Disorders, 6, 61-68.

Norvilitis, J. M., & Santa Maria, P. (2002). Credit card debt on college campuses:  Causes, consequences, and solutions. College Student Journal, 36, 357-364.

Norvilitis, J. M., & Riley, T. M. * (2001). Exploring the motivations of bone marrow typing donors. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 19, 49-62.

Reid, H. M., & Norvilitis, J. M. (2000). Evidence for anomalous lateralization across domain in ADHD children as well as adults identified with the Wender Utah Rating Scale. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 34, 311-316.

Norvilitis, J. M. (2000). Academic clubs as a mechanism for introducing students to research. College Student Journal, 34, 370-376.

Norvilitis, J. M., Casey, R. J., Brooklier, K. M.,* & Bonello, P. J. (2000). Emotion appraisal in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and their parents. Journal of Attention Disorders, 4, 15-26.

Selected Refereed Presentations

(* with Student Authors and Co-Authors)

Darlow, V.,* & Norvilitis, J. M. (2015, March).  The relationship between helicopter parenting and adjustment to college.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Batt, M. J.,* & Norvilitis, J. M. (2014, March).  The relationship between student loans and loan attitudes and locus of control.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Bechtold, T. C.,* & Norvilitis, J. M. (2014, March).  College students and medication for ADHD.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Norvilitis, J. M., & Zawadzki, L.* (2014, March).  Parental mental health and college student success. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Bruce, K. L.,* & Norvilitis, J. M. (2013, March).  Effects of parental divorce on offspring’s intimate relationships.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York City, NY.

Gruarin, C.,* & Norvilitis, J. M. (2013, March).  Differences in prayer for college students that identify as born again Christians.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York City, NY.

Mordick, P.,* & Norvilitis, J. M. (2013, March).  Religiosity and academic self-efficacy and adjustment among undergraduate college students.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York City, NY.

Morningstar, M. P.,* & Norvilitis, J. M. (2013, March).  Gender and characteristic overlap among Cluster B personality disorders.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York City, NY.

Norvilitis, J. M., Reid, H. M., & Grenier, A.* (2013, March). Student predictors of adjustment to college.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York City, NY.

Mendes-da-Silva, W., Massaro Onusic, L., Norvilitis, J. M., & De Moura, G. L. (2012, November).  Does living in São Paulo make people happy? Lessons for public health from focusing illusion in judgments of life satisfaction. Paper presented at Associação Nacional de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa em Administração, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

 

Courses Usually Taught

  • Psychology of Culture (PSY 381)
  • Psychology of Human Sexuality (PSY 383)
  • Psychology of Gender Differences (PSY 387)
  • Abnormal Child Psychology (PSY 416)
  • Experimental Psychology (PSY 450)
  • Senior Seminar (PSY 472)
  • Internship (PSY 488)

You can also visit Dr. Norvilitis’s webpage where you will find information on current classes.

Research Interests

Emotional competence and psychopathology in children and their parents,

attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder,

cross-cultural issues,

and credit card debt in college students

Awards

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010).

McNair Mentor of the Year Award

Psychology

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