Sibylle Georgianna, Ph.D., joined Saddleback College in January 2010. She is teaching PSYC 1 Introduction to Psychology, PSYC 5 Human Sexuality, and PSYC 7 Developmental Psychology,classes. She loves serving as an advisor to Saddleback's Psi Beta and Psychology Club students.
From 1995 to 1999, Sibylle Georgianna worked in an investment bank in Cologne and Hamburg, Germany, as an Investment Banking Specialist for Private Clients. It was there that she recognized the need for fostering individuals’ self-efficacy during goal striving.
In 1999 Sibylle Georgianna received her Bachelor’s in psychology, and enrolled from 1999 to 2003 in a Master’s program with double majors in Industrial/Organizational and Clinical Psychology. The German Master’s program required students to teach class at least once per course. Accordingly, she taught courses such as Educational Psychology and Qualitative Research Methods, in addition to tutoring individuals in undergraduate and graduate level statistics.
From 2000 to 2001 Sibylle Georgianna interned at Brown Brother Harriman’s (an investment bank) Employee Assistance Program as well as the United Nations Staff Counsellor’s Office, both located in New York City. During her internships she developed online learning tools to teach the employees how to improve their mental and physical well-being. Sibylle Georgianna's Master’s thesis focused on self-regulatory thoughts and the perceived changeability of negative reality during the goal striving process.
In 2002 the German Academic Exchange Service funded the completion of her Master’s research under the direction of Dr. Gabriele Oettingen at New York University and Dr. Carol Dweck at Columbia University. The Master’s research inspired Sibylle Georgianna's interest in the self-leadership strategies individuals use during the goal striving process.
The lack of methods that consider the possible influence of cultural values on individuals’ self-leadership performance motivated her doctoral research on both quantitative and qualitative instruments from 2003 to 2005. Sibylle Georgianna's dissertation research consisted of a three-tiered analytical study, which focused on assessing the intercultural impact of self-leadership in college students from New York City and Beijing, China. In 2005, Sibylle Georgianna finished her doctoral work in Social Psychology (Magna Cum Laude) at the University of Koblenz Landau, Germany. In 2007, she assessed the self-leadership strategies of Kurdish professors who teach in the Kurdish zone in North Iraq using the culturally sensitive self-leadership method she developed.
Sibylle Georgianna is also an associate faculty at Irvine Valley College where she is teaching PSYC 1 Introduction to Psychology, PSYC 10 Statistical Methods in the Behavioral Sciences, and PSYC 37 Abnormal Psychology. She loves to apply psychological research in her private practice where she works with individuals and couples struggling with psychological and physiological intimacy.
- 2005 Intercultural Features of Self-leadership. Shaker Press, Aachen, Germany.
- 2006 Poster presentation on “Intercultural Features of Self-leadership” at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.
- 2007 Self-leadership and Goal-striving across Cultures: A Comparison of United States and Chinese Undergraduate Students. Mellen Press: New York, NY.
- 2007 Self-leadership: A Cross-cultural Perspective. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 22(6), 569-589.
- 2008 Poster presentation on “When East meets West: Similarities of and Differences between Chinese and U.S. Undergraduate Students” at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.
- 2008 Poster Presentation on “Fostering Student Success: An Exploratory Study in English Writing Classes” at the Annual Convention of the California Community College Research and Planning Group.
- 2009 Fostering Student Success: An Exploratory Study in English Writing Classes. Journal of Applied Research in Community Colleges (in press).
- 2009 Ingredients For and Fruits of Academic Success: A Comparison of Two-year and Four-year Students’ Academic Goal Striving. Journal of Applied Research in Community Colleges, 158 (2), 1-24.
- 2009 A Study of Individuals’ Goal Striving In the Kurdish Zone of Iraq. Results used by the Governing Council in the Kurdish Zone of Iraq.
- 2010 Müller, G. F., Georgianna, S., & Roux, G. Self-leadership and Physical Vitality. Psychological Reports, 107 (2), 383-392.
- 2010 Poster presentation on “Individuals’ Goal Striving In the Kurdish Zone of Iraq” at the 2010 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.
- 2010 Ingredients For and Fruits of Academic Success: A Comparison of Two-year and Four-year Students’ Academic Goal Striving. Report to Willard Hom, Director of Research & Planning for the System Office of the California Community Colleges.
- 2011 Panel presentation “Helping Careers in Psychology Career Panel” during Saddleback College’s Psychology Week, Spring 2011.
- 2011 Poster presentation on “Self-leadership Strategies: Universal or cultural? An Analysis of Self-leadership Strategies Used By American, German, Belgian, and Irish Students” at the 2011 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.
- 2011 Panel presentation on “Ingredients For and Fruits Of Academic Success: A Comparison of Two-Year and Four-Year Students’ Goal-Striving” at the Annual Southern California Student Success Conference.
- 2012 Poster presentation on “Self-leadership Strategies: Universal or cultural? An Analysis of Self-leadership Strategies Used By American, German, Belgian, and Irish Students” at the 2012 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.
- 2013 Presentation “From Automated Unconsciousness to Empathetic Mindfulness” at the
- Saddleback College Psychology Week.
- 2013 Poster presentation on “Self-leadership and Sexual Compulsivity in Females: Empowering Females to Master Compulsive Sexual Behaviors Through The Use Of Self-leadership Strategies” at the 2013 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.
Psychological Assistant (PA) for Licensing by the Board of Psychology, CA. Estimated completion of licensure as Clinical Psychologist: August 2013.
Certified Christian Sex Therapist: Estimated completion of licensure: November 2013.
Honors and Awards
- 1998 Honors for Extraordinary Academic Performance, Chamber of Commerce, Cologne, Germany.
- 2007 The Irvine Valley College Administrators Award for Excellence.
- 2002 “Funding for Completing Master’s Research Abroad,” German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
- 2004 Third-Party Funding, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany.
In Sibylle Georgianna's spare time, she enjoys her family, classical music (Mahler), world travel (most recently, Switzerland), cross-cultural psychology, softball, and surfing.