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Swoboda, Debra

Swoboda, Debra

Associate Professor
Behavioral Sciences
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

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.

Education:
DegreeInstitutionFieldDates
PhD SUNY Stony Brook Psychology 1992 
MA SUNY Stony Brook Social Psychology 1982 
BA SUNY Stony Brook Sociology 1979 
Swoboda, Debra
 

Swoboda, Debra
Associate Professor
Behavioral Sciences