Sandra Graham is dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, director of the Master of Science in Community Psychology program, and a professor of psychology at Alverno College. She earned her master of divinity degree at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and was ordained in the United Church of Christ, serving as senior pastor of a city parish for ten years. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in psychology from Marquette University. As a licensed psychologist, she has maintained a private practice in which she works primarily with the needs of women and adolescent girls.
Dr. Graham has extensive experience in facilitating adult learning in undergraduate, graduate, and community settings. She has worked with Alverno’s ability-based curriculum at both the classroom and administrative levels, and she has taught courses in developmental psychology, clinical psychology, and the psychology of women. As a member of the Research Center for Women and Girls, she chaired a team of Alverno faculty, staff, and students to produce a report on the status of girls in Wisconsin that highlights how girls are faring in areas such as education, mental health, and physical wellness. She collaborated with the Status of Girls Advisory Committee, made up of representatives from agencies around the state, to finalize and distribute this report throughout Wisconsin. She currently serves on the Research Center for Women and Girls Advisory Team.
A mark of Dr. Graham’s practice—whether in educational program planning and assessment, clinical work with individuals, or leadership of religious groups—is her commitment to learning, her ability to listen deeply to the needs of individuals and organizations, and her respect for the diverse array of people and programs with which she is involved.