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Christina M. Gard

College of Social Sciences & Humanities
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Degrees

BA in Communication and Organizational Management, Northwest University
MS in Human Services and Marriage and Family Therapy, Capella University
MA in Ministerial Leadership, Southeastern University

Bio

Christina joined Southeastern University in 2011 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, she shifted her focus to teaching full time and launching the SEU Debate team, which won the Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Championship in their inaugural year of debate and repeated the victory again in 2016.

Prior to teaching at SEU, Christina was a professor at Northwest University, where she taught in the College of Ministry. She has also worked as a mental health therapist in Washington, D.C. and Seattle, WA. She specialized in working with children who have experienced trauma and in marriage therapy. Christina has been a licensed pastor since 2009 and became ordained in 2019. She has a passion for the local church and has worked as a Children’s Pastor and in college ministry. She and her husband also planted Grace City Church in 2015 and she continues to serve as a Senior Pastor.

Christina met her husband, Andrew, on a blind date in college and they have been married since 2005. They welcomed their miracle twins, Justice and Adriana, in 2018 and are thrilled to be parents after 10 years of infertility. As an Alaska Native Inupiat Eskimo, Christina was born and raised in Alaska and held the title of Miss Alaska. She competed at Miss America in 2004, while also serving as a National Spokesperson for Childhelp USA, working to break the silence surrounding child abuse. She is passionate about equipping and empowering people to be all that God created them to be!