Dr. Rybalkina teaches in the graduate counseling psychology program. A native of Ukraine, Dr. Rybalkina was selected for the Freedom Support Act Graduate Fellowship Program established by US Congress to pursue her studies in the United States. Her dissertation study presented a comparative analysis in higher education in the United States and the United Kingdom and received the Dissertation of the Year award from the Southern Association for College Student Affairs. Dr. Rybalkina is active in several professional associations and served as the national chair for the International Education Knowledge Community of the National Association of Student Affairs Administrator (2008-2010). In this role she organized annual International Symposia for higher education leaders around the world. Dr. Rybalkina's research interests include subjects of identity, culture and religion; development of college students, and topics in comparative education and psychology. She presents annually at national and international conferences. Dr. Rybalkina previously served as the PBA's director of international and multicultural programs (2004-2010).