Interim Dean of the Graduate School and Continuing Education
Christina Grabarek, Ph.D., is serving as interim dean of the Graduate School and Education and is responsible for strategic leadership, coordination, and guidance of the school and its programs, faculty, and staff.
Dean Grabarek joined the University faculty full time in 2001 after teaching one year as an adjunct. Most recently, she served as associate dean of the Graduate School and associate professor in the education department, teaching in the school psychology program. Previously at Valpo, Dean Grabarek served 14 years as the graduate program director of the school psychology program, was the director of Disability Support Services, and was interim department chair for the education department. While a faculty member in the education department, Dean Grabarek was actively involved at the department level with program assessment and accreditation reporting.
She has served on a number of committees at the department, college, and University-level. In collaboration with other Valpo faculty members, Dean Grabarek has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national conferences on topics related to mental health disorders among undergraduate and graduate college students. Specifically, she has focused on eating disorders among and male and female students and depression. She has also presented on topics related to teaching and program development at the graduate level.
During the 2011–2012 academic year, Dean Grabarek was selected to participate in the Thrivent Fellows Program, an intensive program that focuses on leadership development relative to working within a Lutheran university.
Dean Grabarek is a nationally certified and licensed school psychologist with previous experiences as a speech-language pathologist. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist and practiced in hospital, private practice, and school settings while working primarily with children, adolescents, and their families. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists.
Ph.D. — Ball State University
M.S. — Western Illinois University
B.S. — Western Illinois University