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

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Swoboda, Debra
 

Swoboda, Debra
Associate Professor
Behavioral Sciences