Education

Ph.D., M.A., Northern Illinois University; B.S., University Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests 

Social support influences on children and adolescents, particularly in regard to their academic success and social-emotional functioning

Background

In addition to her work in the School of Behavioral Sciences at Walden, Dr. Bjorkman works as a high-school psychologist and teaches graduate classes in psychology and education at a local university and another online university. Her background as a special education teacher influences both her work as a school psychologist and her teaching methods, in that she makes every attempt to accommodate individual differences in learning and maximize the positive impact of the diverse backgrounds of her students. She frequently consults with local school districts on the implementation of the federally mandated Response to Intervention initiative, which focuses on using data to inform instruction and respond to the educational and social-emotional needs of students.