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Christina Gard

Assistant Professor of Psychology cmgard@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BA in Communication and Organizational Management
MS in Human Services (Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy)
MA in Ministerial Leadership

Biography

Professor Christina Gard was born and raised in Alaska. She joined the team at Southeastern University in 2012 as the Director for Student Mentoring and as a member of the faculty teaching in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. After founding Connect Groups in 2013, the SEU mentoring program that involved more than 800 students, staff, and faculty, in the inaugural year, she shifted her focus to teaching full time and launching SEU Debate. One of her favorite experiences as an undergraduate student was debate, so she was committed to starting a team at SEU, with former student Curran McQuade. SEU Debate won the Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Championship in their inaugural year of debate and repeated this victory in 2016.

Prior to teaching at SEU, Professor Gard worked as a therapist in the Washington, D.C. and Seattle, WA areas. Christina was a member of the faculty at Northwest University, teaching full time in the College of Ministry. Christina has been a licensed pastor since 2009. She has a passion for the local church and worked as a children’s pastor in the Seattle area, as well as serving alongside her husband in college ministry, since 2005. Christina met her husband, Andrew, on a blind date in college and they have been married since 2005. Andrew and Christina planted Grace City Church in 2015.

Previously, Professor Gard held the title of Miss Alaska and competed at Miss America in 2004, while serving as a National Spokesperson for Childhelp USA working to break the silence surrounding child abuse. She enjoys teaching fitness classes in the community, reading, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends. As a professor, pastor, and therapist, her work, speaking engagements, and education have taken her all over the world.