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Julie Sallquist


Adjunct Graduate Faculty

Ph.D., Arizona State University, Tempe AZ
M.A. Arizona State University, Tempe AZ
B.A. Trinity University, San Antonio TX


Julie Sallquist, Ph.D., earned her doctoral degree in Psychology with an emphasis in child development from Arizona State University (ASU) in May 2009. She is a former Assistant Research Professor and Sanford Fellow in the School of Social and Family Dynamics at ASU (2009-2012). During her time as a research professor, she directed a research study examining how early adolescents work together during an academic task and assisted in the development of a preschool curriculum aimed at improving classroom harmony. Her studies and research during graduate school focused on the social and emotional development of young children, with an emphasis on positive development. During her college career, she assisted with several studies examining children’s language development. She has numerous scholarly peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on these topics as well as publications related to positive parenting.

From 2006-2009, she volunteered as an art mentor, teaching preschoolers art, with Free Arts of Arizona. From 2010-2014, she was appointed by the state of Arizona to serve as a council representative on the Southeast Maricopa Regional Partnership Council of First Things First. First Things First is a non-profit agency aimed at making sure every child in Arizona is ready for kindergarten. From 2012-2013, she was the Director of the preschool at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Tempe, Arizona where she guided the school through the process of state licensure.

She has been a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church since 2008. She and her husband have three children. In the spring of 2016, she co-founded a support group for mothers of young children at her church. She enjoys volunteering at her children’s schools and gardening. She has over 20 years of experience working with children and is passionate about promoting children’s positive development.