All Spotlights » Katie Mawby - Distinguished Psychology Alumni-in-Residence
Katie Mawby earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and in physical therapy at Grand Valley State University in 1988. She earned her Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University in 2004, and she is the director of a well-regarded, multi-site physiotherapy clinic. She has also earned a B.A. in theology from Aquinas College, in 1994. When Mawby was 15 years old, she lost her vision in an accident that damaged her optic nerve. Just as she has pursued demanding university studies and a challenging career with great success, she has also pursued athletic activities with similar panache and success. An accomplished athlete, her competitive focus has been in competitive water skiing including slalom skiing and ski jumping. She has set world water-skiing records. She has been inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, has been the ESPN Athlete of the Week, and has been repeatedly recognized as Athlete of the Year by the Water Skiers with Disabilities Association. Amongst the many ways Mawby serves her community, she is an outreach speaker for Leader Dogs for the Blind and she volunteers her services as a physical therapist at St. Mary’s Heartside Clinic.