Burggraf | 303-546-3524

Professor, Contemplative Psychology | Dean, School of Natural and Social Sciences
Core Faculty


BA in Contemplative Psychology


PhD in Clinical Developmental Psychology, Bryn Mawr College
MA in Human Development, Bryn Mawr College
BA, Rosemont College

Areas of Specialization:

  • Adult Development
  • Social Psychology

Susan Burggraf is a developmental psychologist; her areas of interest include adult development, with particular focus on the capacity to flourish and lead in increasingly complex environments. During her 2013-2014 sabbatical, Susan deepened her study of leadership development by completing both the Growth Edge Coaching Training program, sponsored by the Cultivating Leadership Organization, and the Authentic Leadership program, sponsored by Naropa. Currently, Burggraf serves as Dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences.  Previously, she served as Associate Dean and then Dean of Undergraduate Education at Naropa (2008-2013). In these roles, Burggraf was instrumental in Naropa's successful application for a Title III-Part A Federal grant to strengthen the undergraduate curriculum and co-curricular experience. As Title III Activity Director (2010-2013), Susan engaged the faculty in comprehensive undergraduate curriculum revisions and led efforts to establish The Learning Commons, an integrated center of academic advising and support services. Burggraf also has served as the inaugural Faculty Director of Naropa's Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education (2005-2007) and as chair of the Contemplative Psychology department.