Dr. Bjorklund is a Senior Research Associate with Rankin & Associates, Consulting. She earned a B.A. in psychology from Villanova University, a master's in counseling at the University of Phoenix, and a Ph.D. Higher Education at The Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Bjorklund has authored and co-authored book chapters, journal articles, and national conference papers on the following issues in postsecondary education: access, recruitment and retention of underrepresented college students and faculty; welfare reform and financial aid policies; campus climate for students of color and women students; and effects of instructor activities, collaborative learning, and group work on gains in student skills.
Dr. Bjorklund was a research associate at the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE), a unit of the National Academy of Engineering, where she spearheaded a multi-campus NSF-sponsored project to investigate faculty and student engagement in learning activities and lifelong learning. Prior to returning to graduate school, she was a social worker and administrator of a federally funded demonstration project funded by the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Additionally, she enjoys volunteering for social service and animal welfare agencies.