Kris Leppien-Christense

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Psychology Instructor
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Saddleback College

A.A., Palomar College, 1991
B.A., California State University, San Marcos, 1993
M.A., California State University, San Marcos, 1999
Ph.D., Saybrook Graduate School, 2004

Prior to joining Saddleback College in 2005, Dr. Leppien-Christensen was a tenured Psychology Professor at Imperial Valley College and was an adjunct professor at San Diego State University, Imperial Valley Campus.  Prior to that, he worked as a protective services social worker.

In his spare time, Dr. Leppien-Christensen enjoys traveling with his wife and son, computer gaming, and science fiction writing.


  • Committee Member, American Psychological Association's Committee on Associate and Baccalaureate Education (CABE)
  • Regional Vice-President, President-Elect, President, and Past-President, Psi Beta Honor Society (2009-2014)
  • Committee Member, American Psychological Association's Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges (PT@CC; 2014-2015)
  • Chair, presenter, and/or discussant at numerous Western Psychological Association (WPA), American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Conventions

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, Western Psychological Association
  • Wayne Weiten Teaching Excellence Award, Division 2 of the American Psychological Association (2014)
  • Recognized by UC Irvine as an "Inspirational Educator" (May 2012)
  • Professor of the Year (2011); nominee for Orange County Teacher of the Year (2012)
  • Academic Leadership Award, Saddleback College (May 2006)
  • Psi Beta Honor Society Member
  • Psi Chi Honor Society Member
  • Gerald Bush Scholarship for “Out of the Box” Solutions for Current Social Problems (2003)
  • Presidential Service Award, CSU San Marcos (1994)
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude (1993)
  • Dean’s List, California State University, San Marcos (1991-1993)
  • Dean’s List, Palomar Community College (1990-1991)