Victoria Shivy, Ph.D., in front of greenery

Victoria Shivy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

(804) 828-0294

Williams House, 800 W. Franklin St., Room 107

Curriculum vitae

Counseling Psychology

Social Psychology




  • Ph.D.: University at Albany, State University of New York, 1994

Research Interests

Dr. Victoria Shivy's work centers around the role work plays in peoples' lives: how people decide on career and educational paths, respond to a range of career-related events and experiences, and negotiate the socioemotional aspects of employment. These efforts can take Shivy to the intersection of career and human health—as in exploring how trauma can impact career choice and adjustment, or how individuals might reengage with work following interruption (e.g., raising kids, experiencing burnout).

Shivy has long worked with underserved populations (first-gen college students, people from lower SES backgrounds, underrepresented minority students, and those who’ve been imprisoned) helping individuals to enter, adjust to, and thrive at work. Vocational psychology, Shivy's area of specialization, is assessment/measurement-oriented; so, psychological testing figures prominently in her work.

Trained as a generalist, Shivy has a (small) clinical practice in town that’s oriented towards career-related concerns. Shivy loves to teach—their undergraduate courses at VCU include 'Careers in Psychology' and 'Experimental Methods'. Finally, 'Careers in Biomedical Sciences' is an innovative and interdisciplinary graduate-level course that equips graduate and first professional students with the information and strategies they need to enter career paths outside of academe.

Select Publications

  • Shivy, V. A., Guion, D. B., Green, B. A., & Wingate, J. A. (in press). INTUIT: A career decision-making intervention for female offenders in reentry. Journal of Career Development.
  • Zanardelli, G., Shivy, V. A., Perrone‐McGovern, K. M. (2016). Predicting behavioral career commitment of college students with attachment and separation relationships. Journal of Employment Counseling, 53, 162-173.


  • Experimental Methods in Psychology, undergraduate level
  • Careers in Psychology, undergraduate level
  • Career Development and Occupational Mental Health, graduate level
  • Careers in the Biomedical Sciences, graduate level (MCV campus)


  • National Research Service Award, National Institute of Mental Health, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Department of Psychology, Division of Quantitative Methods