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Researcher

 As the owner of PrePEAR, LLC  Dr. Graf is a dedicated contract researcher and consultant specializing in public health, human service, and behavioral sciences research and support.

Instructional Mentor and Faculty

As a part of the Liberty University family, Linnaya teaches MPH courses that meet stringent academic criteria and is integrated with a Christian world perspective. She also serves as an Instructional Mentor for a team of faculty in their MPH program. She has also worked for University of Phoenix as an instructor across a variety of Graduate Public Health and Undergraduate Psychology classes.

Background

Linnaya has more than a decade of experience working in front-line human service and social science research. She has been teaching at the college level for two years and currently serves in higher education and non-profit sectors.  She has a B.A in Psychology from Penn State, an M.S and PhD in Public Health from Walden University. She has served as both a Lion Ambassador, a Walden Ambassador  and, the APHA campus Liaison at Walden University. With a firm belief in a life dedicated to community activism she brings real world experience to every project in the areas of training, moderating, presenting, public speaking, interviewing, lecturing, data collection, and management. Her research passion is for applied research in the area of prevention for vulnerable populations. Outside of work she is a loving wife and mother of 4 beautiful children, she lives in rural Pennsylvania and enjoys backyard homesteading and reading as many books as possible. She is grateful for a career that has allowed her to remain an active, daily presence in her children’s lives while being a positive social change agent for creating a better world for them to inherit.

Community Involvement

Linnaya dedicates her time to Rotary International, Girl Scouts, many local family violence prevention services, and her church Living Word Community Church. She is the founder of a fledgling non-profit, theSMALLfund and dedicates significant time to missionary and service work. She has been a Girl Scout leader for the last decade and has all older girls in her current troop. Many of her Girl Scouts have completed Silver and Gold awards and are growing into community leaders in their own right. Linnaya also serves as the President-Elect of the West York Rotary Club where she has been a member for three years.  At Rotary she focuses on youth character development and resource equality.  During the summers Linnaya dedicates her time to her churches pre-school ministry as a Sunday school teacher and works in the parenting ministry. Deeply involved in both local and global volunteer work she is dedicated to the empowerment of women and protection of vulnerable populations.

Personal Research Interests and Expertise

Social Problems as Public Health Issues, Application of Empirical Research to Front-line Prevention, Violence Prevention, Interpersonal Violence,  Building Resilient Communities, Health Disparities and Vulnerable Populations,  Disaster Planning and Vulnerable Populations, Evidence-based Community health programs, Best Practices in Health Leadership.