Dr. Emily M. Sweitzer

Professor, Director of Liberal Studies / Program Coordinator Social Deviance

Department of Humanities


Dr. Sweitzer is a nationally certified school psychologist and is certified as a K-12 principal in West Virginia. She has been employed as a family therapist, school psychologist and assistant principal prior to coming to Cal U. She has completed a post-baccalaureate certificate in forensic science and law from Duquesne University. She is a graduate of Violent Behavior 1, a specialized and invited training offered by former and retired members of the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI.

In 2007, Dr. Sweitzer was awarded the Presidential Faculty Award for Teaching. She is also the director of Liberal Studies.

Dr. Sweitzer appeared on WPIX-TV's "Target 11 Investigates: School Safety Reports." Click here to see the investigative report and interview.

She also is a consultant for hit TV shows including "Dopesick," "Messiah," "Lucifer," "Rosewood," "The Blacklist," "Bones," "CSI," and "Notorious."


  • Principles of Sociology
  • Sociology of Crime
  • Social Deviance
  • Elite Deviance
  • Society and the Sociopath
  • Child Abuse and Neglect: A Societal Perspective
  • Sociology of Addition, Excess, and Exploitation
  • Structural and Institutional Violence: School, workplace and eldercare
  • Seminar in Liberal Studies


  • Author of Developing Social Interest in Conduct Disordered Adolescents: An Adlerian Approach
  • Author in National Student Assistance Journal
  • Articles in the Journal of Individual Psychology, and the Journal of Law, Ethics, and Intellectual Property
  • Co-author articles in American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Book chapter: Adolescent vocational choice: An Adlerian Perspective. Career Development in the Schools (185-204). Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing
  • Book Chapter: Creating Career Narratives; Contextualizing Adolescent Career Development; & Constructivist Career Counseling.  Eliason, G., Eliason, T., Samide, J., & Patrick, J. (Eds.). (2014). Career Development Across the Lifespan: Counseling for Community , Schools, Higher Education, and Beyond. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing
  • Book Chapter:  Career selection for the young adult: a process for merging identity and mentorship.  Eliason, G., Eliason, T., Samide, J., & Patrick, J. (Eds.). (2014). Career Development Across the Lifespan: Counseling for Community, Schools, Higher Education, and Beyond. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.


  • Psychological and Socio-Cultural Consultant for TV Programming Series:  Blacklist, Bones and CSI
  • Train the trainer consultant for Cops and Kids, affiliated with the Fred Rogers Company
  • Selected for the 2012 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Women's Leadership Conference (College of Liberal Arts representative)

Research Interests

  • Conduct disorder
  • Violence prevention
  • Behavioral Analysis
  • Instructional design
  • Problem-based learning
  • Mental health ethics
  • Parent-child behavioral and relationship issues
  • Problem-based learning

Student Research Projects

  • Walk in My Shoes: Student-decorated shoes for Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Class Freedom Quilt: Benefiting St. Jude Cancer Foundation
  • Friendship "Crows": Project demonstrated value of friendship and benefited the Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • Undergraduate Thesis Adviser: "Crime and Women" and "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder"
  • Undergraduate Honors Thesis Committee: "The Pedophile
  • Graduate Thesis Committee: "Social Emotional Development in Adolescents" and "Art Therapy and Special Needs"

Service Learning Projects

  • Advisory and editorial board member for the Scientific International Journal
  • Secretary and Board Member for the Exploration of Teaching and Learning
  • B.A.: Psychology, California University of Pennsylvania
  • M.S.: School Psychology, California University of Pennsylvania
  • Certification in School Psychology: California University of Pennsylvania
  • Ed.D.: Educational Psychology, West Virginia University
  • Certification: 39 credits beyond doctorate: K-12 Administrator, West Virginia University

Email: sweitzer@calu.edu

Phone: 724-938-4438

Office: Manderino Library Room 450