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Mary Ann Swain


Professor and Chair

Office: University Downtown Center, Room 439
Phone: (607) 777-9218
Fax: (607) 777-9138

Dr. Mary Ann Swain (Professor) has many years of experience in higher education administration including having served as Binghamton University's Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for almost 20 years. Dr. Swain serves as Chair of the Department of Student Affairs Administration and holds a tenured appointment in the Decker School of Nursing where she is also Director of the Doctoral Program. Her research interests focus on health development across the entire life-cycle and the interrelationships among life stressors, healthy development, and illness. In addition, she looks at how to characterize and foster effective leadership in higher education.  Dr. Swain possesses degrees from DePauw University (BS) and the University of Michigan where she received her PhD in Psychology.

Educational Background

Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan
M.A., Experimental Psychology, University of Michigan
B.A., Psychology, DePauw University

Professional Experience

Department Chair, School of Nursing, University of Michigan
Director of Affirmative Action, University of Michigan
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Michigan
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Binghamton University

Teaching Profession

Family TheoryResearch MethodsTheory Development 

Current Research Interests

Health promotion over the lifespan Interactions among stressors, individual strengths, social support, & healthAdolescent and adult developmentLeadership in higher education

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Last Updated: 8/25/12