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Christy Fraenza

Contributing Faculty

Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy

Degree Program Ph.D. Education

Christy Fraenza enjoys supporting doctoral students in multiple ways, as both the Manager of Peer Mentoring and in her role as a Contributing Faculty member within the Center for Academic Excellence. She holds a PhD in General Psychology (Educational Track), MS in Psychology, and a MS in Higher Education -- all from Walden University, and a BA in Psychology from Penn State University. She has experience teaching psychology courses face-to-face and online and has also supported online learners as a writing and learning specialist.


BA, Pennsylvania State University - State College, PA United States

MS, Walden University - Minneapolis, MN United States

PhD, Walden University - Minneapolis, MN United States


Fraenza, C. B. (2016). The role of social influence in anxiety and the imposter phenomenon. Online Learning. Online Learning.

Palermo-Kielb, K., Fraenza, C. B. (2017). Bridging the social, academic, and cultural divide for international students: Using peer-to-peer support strategies online.


Fraenza, C. B., Nagle, L. (2016). “Engaging, Entertaining, Enjoyable:” Student perceptions of short in-class writing reflections in an introductory psychology course. Farmingdale State College.

Fraenza, C. B. (2014). Anxiety and the imposter phenomenon among graduate students in online versus traditional programs.

Fraenza, C. B., Palermo-Kielb, K. (2017). Feeling like you don’t belong as a doctoral student? Tips to overcome the imposter syndrome.

Milheim, K., Fraenza, C. B. (2014). Identifying and understanding cultural differences in the online classroom.

Fraenza, C. B., Nagle, L. (2015). The use of plickers to increase student achievement & engagement: An informal implementation. . Farmingdale State College.