Heather Frederick, PhD

Dean, The Graduate School

"Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dr. Heather Frederick looks for the positive and believes that even though life can be tough at times, "you can find something meaningful in just about any situation.” Dr. Frederick received her BA in Psychology from San Diego State University, and both her MA in General Psychology and her PhD in Social/Developmental Psychology from Brandeis University (with concentrations in quantitative methods in psychology and lifespan development).

Prior to joining NCU’s online learning community, Dr. Frederick taught statistics, social psychology and independent research at San Diego State University. Frederick also served as an Associate Director for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Walden University, an online graduate institution. During her time there, she developed a deep passion for assisting graduate students in completing their degree. She studied barriers to degree completion and launched initiatives to remove or lessen common reasons students sometimes become "stuck" at the dissertation stage of graduate education.

Frederick has been involved in community-based interventions for over 16 years. Her research interests include chronic pain, social support, control beliefs, exercise behavior, ethnic disparities in health, successful aging, and online learning. Dr. Frederick joined the Northcentral team in 2008. Prior to her role as Dean of the Graduate School, she served as Dean of the School of Psychology and Vice President of Academic Affairs.