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Swoboda, Debra

Swoboda, Debra


Behavioral Sciences

Phone: 718-262-2686
Office Location: AC-4D06E

Dr. Swoboda's disciplinary research focuses on layperson understanding of genetic risk for health problems and how genetic technologies 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 engagement with the learning sciences, scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), and constructivist pedagogies.

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PhD SUNY Stony Brook Psychology 1992 
MA SUNY Stony Brook Social Psychology 1982 
BA SUNY Stony Brook Sociology 1979 
 Concordia College, St. Paul  1975 
 Iowa University  1973-1974 

Areas of Expertise

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

Publications in Field Of Expertise