Swoboda, Debra

Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor
Behavioral Sciences

Phone: 718-262-2686
Office Location: AC-4D06E
dswoboda@york.cuny.edu
https://sites.google.com/site/debraswoboda/

Education

Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  SUNY Stony Brook  Psychology  1992 
MA  SUNY Stony Brook  Social Psychology  1982 
BA  SUNY Stony Brook  Sociology  1979 

Dr. Swoboda's disciplinary research focuses on layperson understanding of genetic testing for risk of health problems, including psychiatric disorders, and how technologies of genetic enhancement impact conceptions of disability. She has published articles and book chapters on the social construction and diagnosis of contested illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome and environmental illness/multiple chemical sensitivities. Her scholarship of teaching and learning research looks at faculty understanding of threshold concepts, use of expert/novice distinctions in teaching and learning, and engagement with constructivist pedagogies.

Areas of Expertise

Impact of technologies of genetic enhancement on conceptions of disability
Layperson understanding of genetic testing for risk of health problems, including psychiatric disorders
Contested illnesses (i.e., environmental illnesses/multiple chemical sensitivities)
Constructivist pedagogies

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Swoboda, D. (2008). "Negotiating the diagnostic uncertainty of contested illnesses: Physician practices and paradigms." Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine. 12 : 453-78.

Swoboda, D. (2006). "Embodiment and the search for illness legitimacy among women with contested illnesses." Michigan Feminist Studies. 19 : 73-90.

Swoboda, D. (2006). "The social construction of contested illness legitimacy: A grounded theory analysis." Qualitative Research in Psychology. 3 : 233-51.

French, D., McBee, K., Harmon, M., & Swoboda, D. (2003). "Digital and analog video equipment as assistive technology in dissection-intensive labs: Potential benefits to students with disabilities." The American Biology Teacher. 65 : 634-41.

Swoboda, D. (1992). "Notions of connectedness and community among political activists." Journal of Humanism and Ethical Religion. 5 : 26-49.

Swoboda, D., Eckstein, R., & Delaney, K. (1987). "A theoretical explanation of white collar organizing: Graduate student employees and the future of unions in academia." Humanity and Society. 11 : 165-74.

Swoboda, D. (1984). "Social psychology for social change." Journal of Curriculum Theorizing. 6 : 179-83.

Non Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

Swoboda, D. (Ed.) (2011). "Introduction." DisCover: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching (Volume 3). York College. : .

Swoboda, D. (Ed.) (2009). "Introduction." DisCover: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching (Volume 2). York College. : .

Swoboda, D. (Ed.) (2008). "Introduction." DisCover: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching (Volume 1). York College. : .

Swoboda, D. (2009-11). "Education Blog Posts." Interactivity Foundation. : .

Chapters in Field Of Expertise

Swoboda, D. (2014). "Applying evidence-based principles of learning to teaching practice: The bridging the gap seminar." In V. A. Benassi, C. E. Overson, & C. M. Hakala (Eds.), Applying science of learning in education: Infusing psychological science into the curriculum. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website : .

Swoboda, D., Davidson, E., Keiler, L. & Oglensky, B. (2011). "Creating space for the scholarship of teaching and learning: Transforming the meaning of academic work." In J. Summerfield & C. Smith (Eds.), Making Teaching and Learning Matter: Transformative Spaces in Higher Education. New York: Springer : 125-143.

Swoboda, D. (2008). "Listening to the body: Women with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and multiple chemical sensitivities talk about illness and the body." In D. Driedger & M. Owen (Eds.), Dissonant Disabilities: Women with Chronic Illnesses Theorize their Lives. Toronto: Women's Press/CSPI : 87-97.

Swoboda, D. (1993). "Notions of connectedness and community among political activists." In A. Dobrin (Ed.), Being and Doing Right: Readings in Moral Development. Lanham, MD: University Press of America : 141-159.

Monographs in Field Of Expertise

Swoboda, D. (2014). "Psychology of Food (PSY 345) Syllabus.." Retrieved from the APA Teaching of Psychology (TOP) Project Syllabus website. : 10 pages.

Swoboda, D. (2012). "Using the IF discussion process in a service-learning enhanced course: A study of student learning outcomes." Retrieved from the Interactivity Foundation website. : 28 pages.

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Finding your center: Defining and redefining the role of faculty developers " (2014, January): CUNY Center for Teaching and Learning Directors' Retreat, Bronx, NY.

" Hidden disability disclosure: New meanings and practices in post-ADA disability services " (2013, October): Disability Disclosure in/and Higher Education Conference, Newark, DE.

" Seminaring: Letting students do the talking about primary source texts " (2013, October): York College Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Jamaica, NY.

" To know or not to know: Attitudes and intentions towards genetic testing among Black and Hispanic persons with psychiatric disabilities " (2013, August): American Sociological Association Conference, New York, NY.

" Getting faculty to apply evidence-based principles of learning to teaching practices: The bridging the gap seminar " (2013, May): CUNY Coordinated Undergraduate Education (CUE) Conference, New York, NY.

" Bridging the gap between cognitive psychology research and instructional practice: A model for faculty development " (2013, April): Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Tarrytown, NY.

" Expanding psychology's food studies: A model for teaching the undergraduate food seminar " (2013, March): Eastern Psychological Association Conference, New York, NY.

" Engaging faculty, students, and administrators in general education reform through faculty inquiry groups " (2013, March): Association of American Colleges and Universities General Education and Assessment Conference, Boston, MA.

" Discursive construction of reproductive genetic screening in U.S. public health rhetoric " (2012, July): International Congress of Psychology, Cape Town, South Africa.

" Designing learning outcomes to assess thinking processes in psychology courses " (2012, July): International Congress of Psychology, Cape Town, South Africa.

" Reproductive genetic screening and the healthy embryo: Master narratives in medical practice discourse " (2012, April): Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference, Boston, MA.

" Increasing research on teaching and learning to provide evidence of effective curriculum, instruction and assessment " (2012, January): CUNY Center for Teaching and Learning Directors' Retreat, Bronx, NY.

" The classroom community is our lab: Building small group discussion skills " (2010, November): International Lilly Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Oxford, OH.

" Threshold concepts " (2010, September): York College Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Jamaica, NY.

" Genetalk about psychiatric illness: Lay understanding of the genetics of bipolar disorder " (2010, June): COMET (Communication, Medicine & Ethics) Society Conference, Boston, MA.

" How do contested illnesses become public health concerns?: Understanding stakeholders and the process of transformation " (2009, November): York College Provost Lecture Series, Jamaica, NY.

" Using 'seminaring' to engage students in integrative learning with primary sources " (2009, October): International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

" Immunophilosophy: Conceptions of the immune system among individuals with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities " (2009, June): Ethnography and Qualitative Research Association Conference, Cedarville, OH.

" Faculty inquiry groups: Laying the foundation for general education reform " (2009, May): CUNY General Education Conference, Bronx, NY.

" The politics of identity in MCS and environmental illness cybercommunities " (2008, June): Society for Disability Studies Conference, New York, NY.

" A cognitive organization approach to learning organic chemistry: The see-think-predict approach " (2008, May): The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, London, UK.

" Negotiating contested illness diagnostic uncertainty: Physician practices and paradigms " (2007, September): British Medical Sociology Group Conference, Liverpool, UK.

" Improving disciplinary thinking (and student success) in gateway courses: Insights from the trenches " (2007, May): CUNY General Education Conference, Flushing, NY.

" Deconstructing the social model: Epistemological and practical disagreements " (2007, May): Society for Disability Studies Conference, Seattle, WA.

" Teaching disciplinary thinking in gateway courses " (2007, April): Lilly-East Conference on College and University Teaching, Newark, DE.

" Physician attitudes and practices concerning the diagnosis of contested illnesses " (2006, June): Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Conference, Long Beach, CA.

" Using Kuhn to advance critical thinking in a history and systems course " (2006, June): American Psychological Society Conference, New York, NY.

" Conceptions of illness embodiment in women with contested illnesses " (2006, May): Canadian Disability Studies Association Conference, Toronto, CA.

" Promoting competencies for integrative learning in general education courses " (2006, May): CUNY General Education Conference, Bayside, NY.

" Evaluating the teacher/scholar model " (2005, October): New England Psychological Association Conference, New Haven, CT.

" The role of illness discourse in the development of a contested illness classification system: Analysis of rhetorical constructs " (2005, August): Society for the Study of Social Problems Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

" The role of internet discussion sites in establishing the legitimacy of contested illnesses " (2005, March): Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Boston, MA.

" Critical events in the social construction of contested illnesses " (2005, February): American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

" Measure for measure: Process-oriented techniques for teaching research paper writing skills " (2004, October): International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning Conference, Baltimore, MD.

" Dealing with troubled students: A case-study approach " (2001, April): Sharing our Resources in Student Affairs Conference, New York, NY.

" College students with psychological disabilities: Counseling and advising issues " (2000, February): Vocational and Rehabilitation Services Counselors Conference.

" Conceptions of identity among students with learning disabilities " (1996, June): Society for Disability Studies Conference, Washington, DC.

" Preparing students with disabilities for employment: A training program " (1998, November): American College Personnel Association Conference, St. Louis, MO.

" Success rates of students with disabilities at a large public university: A ten year profile " (1998, March): Association on Higher Education and Disability Conference, St. Louis, MO.

" Building self-advocacy and mentor relationships among students with disabilities " (1994, January): Freshman Year Experience Conference, Columbia, SC.

" Teaching students critical thinking skills in an introductory social science course " (1994, February): National Social Science Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

" Notions of responsibility and commitment among political activists " (1993, March): Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology Conference, New Orleans, LA.

" Postsecondary transition for students with learning disabilities " (1995, July): International Conference on Higher Education and Disability, Innsbruck, Austria.

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

Numeracy Infusion Course for Higher Education (NICHE) (2014). Program designed to facilitate pedagogical skills to help students develop quantitative literacy. Lehman College/CUNY: .

Fellowship, Interactivity Foundation (IF) Summer Institute (2009, August). Program designed to facilitate application if the IF discussion process for enhancing public thinking about public policy to student-centered classroom discussion. Madison, WI: .

Grants-In-Aid

PSC-CUNY 40 Research Award, Lay perceptions of the new genetics: Assessing knowledge and beliefs of genetics consumers. (2009-10): $2,800.

PSC-CUNY 38 Research Award, Collective identity in contested illness cybercommunities: The case of multiple chemical sensitivity online discussion groups. (2007-08): $3,990.

CUNY Faculty Development Program, Understanding disciplinary differences and commonalities in general education gateway courses. (2006-07): $5,000.

PSC-CUNY 36 Research Award, The development of diagnostic criteria and treatment regimens for individuals with contested illnesses. (2005-06): $3,840.

PSC-CUNY 35 Research Award, The social construction of illness identity in individuals with contested illnesses: A qualitative study. (2004-05): $4,300.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Member, Review Board, International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: (2005 - ).

Member, Editorial Board, Disability Studies Quarterly: (2011 - 13).

Member, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues: (2006 - ).

Member, Eastern Psychological Association: (2005 - ).

Member, Society for the Teaching of Psychology: (2005- ).

Member, New England Psychological Association: (2005 - ).

Member, Society for Disability Studies: (1992 - ).

Member, American Sociological Association: (2011 - 13).

Reviewer, Qualitative Health Research: (2012 - ).

Reviewer, Welcome Trust Grant Program: (2009 - ).

Reviewer, Swiss National Science Foundation: (2013).

Member, Western Governor's University Distance Learning Advisory Committee: (1997-98).

Secretary, Oklahoma Association on Higher Education and Disability: (1995-98).

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Swoboda, Debra
Associate Professor
Behavioral Sciences