Christine Major is originally from Massachusetts and completed her undergraduate and initial graduate work there. She holds a MS in Neuroscience and Behavior from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Following her master’s work she conducted research in the field of neuroscience at Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Major is also a DC graduate from UWS and she earned a MS in Exercise and Sports Science from the university, as well. She has been awarded an AMEE-ESME Certificate in Medical Education and is certified in the Fundamentals of Team-based Learning. Dr. Major is an associate professor in the basic sciences and clinical sciences departments and teaches neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and clinical neurology.
What UWS core value (student-focus, best practices, curiosity, inclusiveness, professionalism, whole-person health) do you connect with the most and why?
Although each core value is important, I feel particularly connected to curiosity. It is what led me to pursue science in my education and what continues to drive me in teaching. I try to instill curiosity in my students, as well. I love learning and sharing new discoveries in science and medicine with them. My goal is to help them develop into lifelong learners.
What cause is close to your heart?
Working with and supporting young people has always been something I felt drawn to. When I was younger, I volunteered in schools in under-resourced areas to provide tutoring to students who were struggling. Now, whether through teaching and mentoring or my work with a local non-profit organization whose mission is prevention and intervention of youth homelessness, I try to make a positive impact. I have personally experienced the life-changing effects of having a positive role model as a young person and strive to provide that for others.