Sandra Rasmussen

Contributing Faculty
College of Psychology and Community Services
School of Psychology
Ph.D. Psychology

Dr. Sandra Rasmussen has taught at Walden University for 22 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 Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Public Practice, Harvard; a MA in Child Welfare & Development, from U of Minnesota; an MS in Nursing Management, from Anna Maria College; and a BS in Nursing, from U of Minnesota. Credentials are as an 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 Tabernash, CO, where she divides her time between teaching, practice, service, writing, and family. Routledge published her 7th book in November 2022: Developing Competencies for Recovery: Mastering Addiction, Living Well, and Doing Good.


BSN, University of Minnesota

MA, University of Minnesota

PhD, Harvard University

MSN, Anna Maria College

Public Service

King of Glory Lutheran Church, Other - Williamsburg

Health Committee WindsorMeade Continuing Care Retirement Community, Other - Williamsburg

MA Board of Registration in Nursing, Other -

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Other - Mechanicville

Awards / Honors

Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence, Walden University, 2015

Faculty Excellence Award, Walden University, 2015

, American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders, 2012

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