College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Psychology
Dr. Bjorkman currently lives near Green Bay, WI. In the recent past she has taught here at Walden and another online university, as well as psychology and education graduate courses at a local state university, but is now working full time with Walden University. There really isn’t anything about education, K-12 or higher ed, that Dr. Bjorkman doesn’t enjoy!
Dr. Bjorkman earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her master’s and Ph.D. in psychology from Northern Illinois University. Her research interests include how children and adolescents respond to academic stress, and how social support can buffer the relationship between stress at school and negative outcomes such as anxiety, depression, and behavior problems. In her free time, Dr. Bjorkman enjoys cooking, reading, yoga, snow skiing, and enjoying the sun (when it’s out!). She has a wonderful partner and two young children who are the light of her life.
PSYC 3002 - Introduction to Basic Statistics
PSYC 3001 - Cognitive Psychology
BS, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
MA, Northern Illinois University
PhD, Northern Illinois University
Illinois Type 75 Administration Certificate, Northern Illinois University
AGC Scholarship Foundation, Board of Directors - Mansfield, MA United States
Data Safety Monitoring Board, Board Member - Chicago, IL United States
Memories Held, Volunteer - Chicago, IL United States
Awards / Honors
Faculty Excellence Award, Walden University, 2017
Faculty Excellence Award, Walden University, 2015
Bjorkman, S. M. (2010). Developing support systems and managing stress. Communique.
Bjorkman, S. M. (2000). Racing toward a dream: An interview with Jean Driscoll. Concepts.
McKee, M., Bjorkman, S. M., Costello, P. (2016). Use of “Post-First” function in online classes.
Bjorkman, S. M., McKee, M., Oppenlander, J., Banner, P. (2016). Using technology to promote engagement in online statistics courses. CAUSEweb.
Bjorkman, S. M., Summers, K. (2014). Ensuring statistical literacy for pre-service education majors. CAUSEweb.