Maria A. Richter received her PhD in Education, Policy, and Leadership Studies at the University of Iowa in May 2015 with a specialization in Teaching and Learning. Her dissertation research explored the correlation between perceived sleep deprivation and psychological well-being in college students. In addition to her PhD, Dr. Richter earned her Masters in Public Health from the University of Iowa in May 2011 with a concentration in Community and Behavioral Health. She has taught as an Instructional Track Faculty Member in the Sports and Recreation Management Program in the Department of Health and Human Physiology at the University of Iowa since 2016. In this role, Dr. Richter has developed writing courses as well as General Education courses specializing in the intersectionality of health and wellness and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has also served in roles promoting student success and metacognitive development. Professionally, Dr. Richter has worked in the private health promotion and wellness industry since 2002 as a health consultant. In this role, she coaches clients to better sleep, nutrition, exercise, wellness, life-balance, and stress-relief results. True to her balanced-life approach, she loves teaching and learning as well as walking with her dog, jogging, cycling, snowboarding, and reading.