Directory & Faculty Profiles

Linnaya Graf, PhD, CHES, CPS

Linnaya Graf, PhD, CHES, CPS is a lifelong learner with a passion for public health, health education, and social science. She enjoys research related to serving vulnerable populations, built communities, resilience, and the mind-body connection. She has worked in social science, human service, and public health for 18 years across a variety of management levels. In the past she served as the 2015-2017 Prevention Fellow for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Fellowship Program. She currently continues to provide prevention training training through the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP). Dr Graf completed her undergraduate degree at Penn State University. She has an M.S in Public Health and an M.S in Psychology. Her PhD is in Public Health from Walden University. In continuing education, she has completed all RB classes required for licensure, except for the actual clinicals and continues to develop 75 CEUs each calendar year for her multiple certifications and professional associations. For the University of Phoenix, she is a faculty member for the School of Advanced Studies where she teaches courses across a variety of research and methodology topics. Professionally, also serves full-time as an Assistant Professor and Instructional Mentor for the MPH program at Liberty University, a recognized subject matter expert in Health Agency Management for Liberty University, and a Contributing Research Faculty for Walden University. As a dissertation Chair and Committee member at University of Phoenix, she supports students in the DHA program through the dissertation process. Her personal research interests include Prevention Development, Health Administration Development, Public Health and Social Science Research, Higher Education, Vulnerable Populations, Communication, Advocacy, Empowerment, Force Field Analysis, Community Participatory Research, Mind and Body Connection, Stress and Resilience. At Walden she also serves as a Chair, Committee Member, and URR reviewer for those seeking PhD in Health Promotion and Education. Outside of work, she lives with her four beautiful kids in rural PA on a small homestead. She has received a number of community service awards across her volunteer roles at the Northeastern School District, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Rotary International where she volunteers as a leader and officer. Her hours are spent primarily in some form of service, or servant leadership as a mother or professional, and she remains most interested in endeavors that support these principals.

Scholarship & Research



Journal of Leadership Studies-Symposium Piece-Relational Leadership: Perspectives of Key Constructs on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity in Higher Education

Psychology Today
Blog Posts Published


American Psychological Association Conference-Utilizing Clinical Hypnotherapeutic Intervention with CBT to Treat Pandemic-Aug. 13-2021 Symptomology

ILA Conference Geneva Switzerland 2021
Presenter -Topic-"The Stress Arc in Leadership and 3 Powerful Disciplines for Mitigating Major Stress Impacts in a New Era"-Upcoming
Presenter -Topic-“Improving Higher Education’s Role in Diversity and Social Equity through Relational Leadership in the New Era”-Upcoming
Presenter-Topic-"Healthcare Leadership-Using Virtuous Leadership in Chaos to Reimagine Beneficial Practices of Employee Cognitive Psychology"-Upcoming
2021-Knowledge Without Boundaries National Summit-College of Doctoral Studies Research Conference-University of Phoenix-Panel Discussion-"Exploring Emergent Trends in Leadership and Education"-Based on published symposia article from the Journal of Leadership Studies-


Associate Faculty
Dissertation Chair
Committee Member
Primary College or School: 
College of Doctoral Studies