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What a PhD in Human Development Can Do For You

What a PhD in Human Development did for

Dr. Lori Swanchak

Position: Program Director of Physician Assistant Program, Marywood University

"I was surprised, yet thrilled, to receive the call from the awards chairperson notifying me of the award,” said Dr. Swanchak, who was presented with the award at an Education Forum in Seattle. “It is a great honor to be recognized by your peers for doing something you enjoy, while also contributing to the profession and PA education."

  • BS in Physician Assistant Studies, Marywood University
  • MS in Physician Assistant Studies specializing in Emergency Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Ph.D. in Human Development from Marywood College

Dr. Swanchak recently received national recognition for her work and writing in the field of physician assistant education. She was awarded the Physician Assistant Education Association's (PAEA) Article of the Year Award for her well-research study of "The Effect of Geriatric Exposure upon Career Development and Subspecialty Selection among Physician Assistant Students" published in the Journal of Physician Assistant Education (JPAE).

Awards and Acknowledgements

Edward P. Syron, Ph.D. has been profiled by the Greater Ohio Healthcare Leaders' Forum.

Christopher W. O'Brien, MS, ATC was selected as the recipient of the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association (EATA) 2007 Francis J .George Scholarship Award. This award is given to the most outstanding doctoral student who is a member of the EATA.

Patricia Miller, Ph.D. was named the Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Chair Award for Distinguished Faculty Service at Keystone College

Brian Mauro was the recipient of the Grady Roberts Graduate Student Writing Award for an abbreviated version of the paper, Can Social Norming Theory Be Applied to Change Student Behavior?, derived from his Qualifying Paper.

Sample Employment Settings of Alumni

  • Kristine Bewick, Ph.D. - Wilkes University (faculty)
  • Trudy Coleman, Ph.D. - Northeast Regional Cancer Institute (epidemiologist)
  • Pat Dunleavy, Ph.D. - Marywood University (human resources)
  • Debra Fetherman, Ph.D. - University of Scranton (director of community health education)
  • Sonji Lee, Ph.D. - Keystone College (faculty)
  • Jeff Leitzel, Ph.D. - Bloomsburg University (faculty)
  • Jill Murray, Ph.D. - Lackawanna College (academic vice president)
  • Stephen Pugliese, Ph.D. - Immaculata University (vice president for student development and engagement)
  • Lia Richards-Palmiter, Ph.D. - Marywood University (diversity office)
  • Thomas Quinn, Ph.D. - Abington Heights School District (assistant superintendent)
  • Cherie Roberts, Ph.D. - Bloomsburg University (faculty)
  • Heather Shanks-McElroy, Ph.D. - Keystone College (faculty)
  • Ann Way, Ph.D. - Tunkhannock Area School District (assistant superintendent)


For more information, contact the Ph.D. Program Director's Office at (570) 348-6279.