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Sandra Rasmussen

Contributing Faculty

College of Psychology and Community Services

School of Psychology

Degree Program Ph.D. Psychology

Dr. Sandra Rasmussen has taught at Walden University for 20 years. In July 2015 she received the Walden College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Faculty Excellence Award and the Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence. Sandra values the teaching/learning process, especially with adult learners. She is a theory-based, person-centered teacher/clinician. Teaching reflects her interest in and commitment to health psychology, counseling psychology, public health, nursing, addiction, and mental health.
Her education includes a PhD in Clinical Psychology and Public Practice, Harvard; a MA in Child Welfare & Development, U of Minnesota; a MS in Nursing Management, Anna Maria College; and a BS Nursing, U of Minnesota. Credentials are as a RN (registered nurse); LMHC (licensed mental health counselor); CAS-F (certified addiction specialist in alcohol, other drugs, and gambling). Dr. Rasmussen's experience reflects practice expertise, management competence, teaching excellence, research production, scholarship evidence, and service commitment. Dr. Rasmussen presently lives in Williamsburg, VA where she divides her time among teaching, practice, service, and family.

Courses Taught

Psychology of Personality

Ethics & Standards of Psychology

Foundations of Psychology

Dissertation: Chair, SCM, URR


BSN, University of Minnesota

MA, University of Minnesota

PhD, Harvard University

MSN, Anna Maria College

Public Service

King of Glory Lutheran Church, Stephen Minister - Williamsburg, VA United States

Health Committee WindsorMeade Continuing Care Retirement Community, Chair - Williamsburg, VA United States

MA Board of Registration in Nursing, Facilitator Learn to Live Recovery Group for Health Professionals

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Parish Nurse - Mechanicville, VA United States

Awards / Honors

Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence, Walden University, 2015

Faculty Excellence Award, Walden University, 2015

1/100 Distinguished Alumni among 12,000 graduates, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, 2009

Virginia Public Health Association Public Health, 2004


Rasmussen, S. (2015). Ready, Set, Go! Addiction Management for People in Recovery.

Rasmussen, S. (2000). Addiction Treatment: Theory and Practice.

Rasmussen, S. (2014). Live Well: A recovery model for addiction and other reward deficiency syndrome disorders.. Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy.

Rasmussen, S. Strategies for Recovery: A Workbook for People with Addiction.


Rasmussen, S. A. (2013). A Management Model for a Chronic Disease Called Addiction. American Public Health Association.

Rasmussen, s. A. (2012). An Addiction to Gambling: A Bad Bet for American Society. National Conference on Addictive Disorders (NCAD).

Rasmussen, S. A. (2009). Gambling, Substance Abuse, and Crime: The Bermuda Triangle. Virginia Department of Corrections Annual Training.

Rasmussen, S. A. (2016). There's an Addict in Your Pew. King of Glory Lutheran Church.