Sandra  Willis
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Office: 301 Burns Hall
Phone: 205-726-2181
Curriculum Vitae
Sandra Willis is an active scholar, with many articles, papers, book chapters and presentations. Her professional memberships included the Alabama Paleontological Society, Association for Psychological Science, Southeastern Psychological Association and American Psychological Association.

Willis teaches Directed Research, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Internship, Life-Span Development, Research Methods, Senior Seminar, Social Psychology, Special Topics Psychology, Health and Faith, Measurement and Assessment, Literature and the Psychology of Gender, Abnormal Psychology, Problem-Based Learning, focused General Psychology, Adjustment, Childhood and Adolescence, and Dimensions of Personal Wholeness.

Degrees and Certifications

  • B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Ph.D., Tulane University


  • Willis, A. S. (2004). Religion, coping, and health. In K.W. Shaie, N. Kraus, A. Booth (Eds.), Religious influences on health and well-being in the elderly. New York: Springer.
  • Willis, A. S. (2002). Problem-based learning in the general psychology course. Journal of General Education, Vol 51(4), 282-292
  • Coombs, D., Fish, L. Grimley, D., Ryan, W., Leeper, J., Miller, H., & Willis, S. (2001-2002). The transtheoretical model of change applied to developing suicidal behavior. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 44(4), 345-359.
  • Willis, A. S., Wallston, K.A., & Johnson, K. R. (2001). Young adult use of tobacco and alcohol: Exploring religiosity, God locus of health control, and religious coping. In T.G. Plante & A.C. Sherman (Eds.), Faith and health: Psychological perspectives. New York: Guilford.
  • Geiger, B. F., Willis, A. S., Macrina, D., & Stallworth, J. (2001). The UAB Drugstore Program: A successful partnership for drug education among schools, community agencies, and institutions of higher education. American Journal of Health Education, 32(4), 237-240.
  • Willis, A. S. (2000). A problem-based approach to teaching research methods in introductory science courses. First Asia-Pacific Conference on Problem-based Learning, Hong Kong;
  • Geiger, B. F., & Willis, A. S. (2000). Leadership skills training for youth through the Exploring Program of the Boy Scouts of America. Resources In Education (ERIC Document accession number CG030308)
  • Geiger, B. F., Willis, A. S., Macrina, D., & Stallworth, J. (1999). The Drug Store Program: A facilitator's guide. University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education/UAB Drug Free Programs.
  • Willis, A. S. (1997; 2000). Social psychology. In S. L. Chew & R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), Instructor's manual to accompany pathways to psychology. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace.
  • Willis, A. S. (1997; 2000). Health psychology. In S. L. Chew & R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), Instructor's manual to accompany pathways to psychology. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace.
  • Geiger, B.F., & Willis, A.S. (1994). Mental health clinicians' perceptions of treatment needs of persons with dual diagnoses. Alabama Counseling Association Journal, 20(2), 28-37.
  • Vincent, M. L., Geiger, B. F., & Willis, A. S. (1994). Preventing teenage pregnancy: The necessity for school/community collaboration. In P. Cortese & K. Middleton (Eds.), The comprehensive school health challenge. Santa Cruz, CA: Education Training Research Associates.
  • Willis, A. S. (1993). Integrating levels of critical thinking into writing assignments for introductory psychology students. Resources In Education (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 358 025)
  • Low, J. M., Moely, B. E., & Willis, A. S. (1989). The effects of perceived parental preference and vocational goals on adoption decisions: Unmarried pregnant adolescents. Youth and Society, 20(3), 342-354.
  • Manning, D. T., Balson, P. M., Hunter, S. M., Berenson, G. S. & Willis, A. S. (1987). Comparison of prevalence of Type A behavior in boys and girls from two contrasting socioeconomic groups. Journal of Human Stress, 13(3), 116-120.
  • Willis, A. S. (1985). Coronary-prone behavior pattern, information preference, and stressful cognitive task performance (Doctoral dissertation, Tulane University, 1985). Dissertation Abstracts International, 47/07B.
  • Manning, D. T., Xenakis, S., Drain, M., Balson, P. M., & Willis, A. S. (1984). Type A behavior pattern in U.S. Army active duty, recovering alcoholics and non-alcoholics and their dependent children. Technical Report, U.S.A. Drug and Alcohol Program and Technical Activity, Washington, D.C.: Alcohol and Drug Policy Office.