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About Christina B. Gunther

Christina B. Gunther. Ed.D. is the Founding Chair of the Health Science Department and Assistant Professor in the College of Health Professions at Sacred Heart University.

Memberships: Sigma Iota Rho National Honor Society for International Studies; Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society; The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.


July 2021 - Present Chair and Asistant Professor, Sacred Heart University Health Science, College of Health Professions
July 2017 - Present Director Health Science Program, Sacred Heart University College of Health Professions
October 2013 - Present Director, Sacred Heart University Global Health Programs
August 2008 - 2013 Various Program Appointments, Sacred Heart University


2022 - Present Public Health Scholarship Program to Strengthen the Emergency Preparedness Workforce
Colleague(s): B. Cross-Denny, S. Pendley, J. Vernarelli
2021 - Present Global to Local: Virtual Global Immersion in the Local Classroom Setting (VGIP)
Davis Educational Foundation
Role: Leader
Colleague(s): Bronwyn Cross-Denny
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2021 - Present Secretary/Treasurer Executive Committee, Association of Doctoral Programs in Health Sciences
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Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award, The University of Bridgeport, College of Public and International Affairs
  • Graduate with Distinction Award, The University of Bridgeport, College of Public and International Affairs
  • Sigma Iota Rho National Honor Society Research Travel Award
  • Dean's Service Award, Sacred Heart University, College of Health Professions
  • Academic Merit Scholarship, New York University
  • 2022 ACT Award for “Diversity and Inclusion in OT Education Through a Professional Learning Community”
  • 2024 URCG Award , for “Intentional cultural competence activities in experiential immersion programs: Best practices for skill development to enhance acceptance and interaction with diversity”


2020 Ed.D. (Education - Curriculum & Instruction), University of South Carolina - Columbia ‐ College of Education
2014 M.A. Global Development, University of Bridgeport
1994 B.S. Psychology, Florida Atlantic University

Contact Information

Health Science
Science Ctr of Academic Bldg SC*124Q
College of Health Professions


Research Works (11)

Dissertation (1)

Invited Lectures and Conference Presentations (1)

Presentations (9)