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.

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.

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.

Recent Students Mentored

Novella Curtis: Novella, who was awarded membership in Who's Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities, graduated in May, 2010. She completed her McNair Scholars Research Project on the effect of emotion appraisal on peer functioning in children with and without symptoms of ADHD. She was awarded a Buffalo State Undergraduate Student Mini-Grant to complete the project, which was presented at the Buffalo State Student Research and Creativity Celebration. Novella is now enrolled at SUNY Plattsburgh, where she is pursuing graduate studies in school psychology.

Bethany Wagner: Bethany, who was the recipient of the Psychology Department's Esther McGinnis Award, graduated in May, 2009. She completed her honors thesis on attitudes related to plagiarism and copyright infringement. She presented the results of her work at the Buffalo State Student Research and Creativity Celebration and at the Eastern Psychological Association.

Jennifer Felber: Jennifer, recipient of the Psychology Department's David Vernon Bullough Outstanding Senior Award, graduated in May, 2008. She completed her honors thesis on view toward steroid use and eating disorders among college students. She presented her research at the Student Research and Creativity Celebration in April, 2008. She is enrolled in the doctoral program in school psychology at Central Michigan University.

Kate Norwalk: Kate, a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award and the Psychology Department's David Vernon Bullough Outstanding Senior Award, graduated in May, 2007, after completing her honors thesis. She presented her research on factors related to persistence in college students with ADHD at the Association for Psychological Science in Washington, D.C. in May, 2007 and her work is in press in the Journal of Attention Disorders.  She now attends Pennsylvania State University's doctoral program in school psychology.

Rachel Sunley: Rachel, co-recipient of the Psychology Department's Esther McGinnis Award, graduated in May, 2007. She completed an honors thesis on emotional competence in children with differing subtypes of ADHD. She presented her research at the Student Research and Creativity Celebration in April, 2007. She is enrolled in the Masters of Public Health program at the University at Buffalo.

Emily Woodring: Emily, who graduated in May, 2007, completed a research study on social support of parents of children in Head Start. Emily received an undergraduate student mini-grant to complete her project, which she presented at both the Eastern Psychological Association Conference in Philadelphia in March, 2007 and at the Student Research and Creativity Celebration.

Jessica Bryant: Jessica, a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award, graduated in May 2006 after completing an honors thesis. She is a graduate of the University at Buffalo's School Psychology Master's Program. She presented her research on career maturity in students with and without learning disabilities at the Annual Conference of the Eastern Psychological Association in Baltimore, MD in March, 2006.

Nija Marshall: Nija, a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award, graduated in May 2006 after completing an honors thesis. She is a gradudate of the University at Buffalo's School Psychology Master's Program. She presented her research on weight fluctuation in college freshman at the Annual Conference of the Eastern Psychological Association in Baltimore, MD in March, 2006.

Cheyenne Hughes: Cheyenne graduated May 2005 after completing an honors thesis. She presented her research on body image in sixth grade students at the American Psychological Society Convention in Los Angeles in May, 2005. She now attends Lehigh University's School Psychology doctoral program.

Courtney McMann: Courtney graduated in May 2005 after completing an honors thesis on the role of self and other perceptions in ADHD. She presented her research at the Student Research and Creativity Celebration. Courtney is a graduate of the University at Buffalo's School Psychology Master's Program.

Representative Publications

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.

Norvilitis, J. M., Reid, H. M., & Norvilitis, B. M. (2002).  Success in everyday physics: The role of personality and academic variables. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 39, 394-409.

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

Davis, N. M., * & Norvilitis, J. M. (2011, May).   The effect of gender, race, and behavior on teacher expectations.  Poster presented at the 23rd Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Marsh, L.,* Norvilitis, J. M., & Ingersoll, T. S. (2011, May).  ADHD, fear of intimacy, and sexual anxiety in the U.S. and China.  Poster presented at the 23rd Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Pates, J.,* & Norvilitis, J. M. (2010, March).  College students and money:  Debt, well-being and spending facilitation. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Brooklyn, NY.

Stauffer, S. R,* & Norvilitis, J. M. (2010, March).  Parental involvement in high school education and its effects on college adjustment. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the  Eastern Psychological Association, Brooklyn, NY. 

Wagner, B. M.,* & Norvilitis, J. M. (2010, March).  Copyright and plagiarism among college students:  Attitude, behavior, and personality.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Brooklyn, NY.

Chen, S.,* & Norvilitis, J. M. (2009, March).  ADHD symptomatology and motivations to attend college.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

Norvilitis, J. M., & Lee, J. S.* (2007, May).  Locus of control in parents of children with ADHD.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C.

Norwalk, K. E.,* & Norvilitis, J. M. (2007, May). ADHD and its relation to factors associated with persistence in college.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C.

Woodring, E. K.,* & Norvilitis, J. M. (2007, March).  Head Start and parental support.   Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Bryant, J.,* & Norvilitis, J. M. (2006, March).  Learning disabilities, self-esteem, support services use and career decision making. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Baltimore, MD.

Marshall, N. D.,* & Norvilitis, J. M. (2006, March).  Predictors of disordered eating in freshman women.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Baltimore, MD.

Hughes, C. L.,* & Norvilitis, J. M. (2005, May).  Weight concern among sixth grade students.  Paper presented at the American Psychological Society, Los Angeles, CA.

Ingersoll, T. S.,* Norvilitis, J. M., & Zhang, J. (2004, April).  Reliability and validity of the Fear of Intimacy Scale in China. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Redenbach, J.,* & Norvilitis, J. M. (2004, April).  Alcohol use in China and the United States. Paper accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association,  Washington, DC.

Norvilitis, J. M., Fang, P., & DiAngelo, K. M.* (2003, August).  Perceptions of ADHD in China and the United States. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.

Norvilitis, J. M., Scime, M.,* & Lee, J. S.* (2003, April).  Responses to frustration in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Tampa, FL.

Wydro, P. M.,* & Norvilitis, J. M. (2003, March).  An intervention to improve the body image and self-esteem of college students.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Baltimore, MD.

DiAngelo, K. M.,* Norvilitis, J. M., & Reid, H. M. (2002, March).  The relationships among personality types, thinking styles, and learning styles. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.
 

*Undergraduate student author

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