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).