Professor, Director of Liberal Studies / Program Coordinator Social Deviance
Department of Humanities
Dr. Sweitzer is a nationally certified school psychologist, certified school psychologist in Pennsylvania and West Virginia 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 PennWest California.
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. She is also the director of Liberal Studies and Global On-line and Program Coordinator for Social Deviance.
Dr. Sweitzer has appeared on WPIX-TV's "Target 11 Investigates: School Safety Reports," in various newspapers and online publications and webinars relating to social profiling and social/psychological dynamics. She also is a consultant for hit TV shows including "Dopesick," "Messiah," "Lucifer," "Rosewood," "The Blacklist," "Bones," "CSI," and "Notorious.”
- 2007: Awarded the Presidential Faculty Award for Teaching.
- 2011: Awarded the California University Alumni Pavlak/Shutsy Special Service Award
- 2008/2012: Selected for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Women's Leadership Conference (College of Liberal Arts representative
- 2018: Awarded the TRIO Faculty Appreciation Award.
- 2019: Awarded the CB Wilson Distinguished Faculty Award
- Principles of Sociology
- Sociology of Crime
- Social Deviance
- Sociology of Technology
- 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: Sweitzer, E.M. (2019). Creating Career Narratives II: Contextualizing Adolescent Career Development and Constructivist Career Counseling. In Counseling for Community, Schools, Higher Education, and Beyond (2nd Edition)
- Sweitzer, E.M. (2019). Pre- and Post-Secondary Career Selection: A Process for Mentorship and Identity Development. In Counseling for Community, Schools, Higher Education, and Beyond (2nd Edition)
- Psychological and Socio-Cultural Consultant for TV Programming Series: "Dopesick," "Messiah," "Lucifer," "Rosewood," "The Blacklist," "Bones," "CSI," and "Notorious
- Train the trainer consultant for Cops and Kids, affiliated with the Fred Rogers Company
- Conduct disorder
- Violence prevention
- Behavioral Analysis
- Instructional design/Problem-based learning
- Mental health ethics
- Parent-child behavioral and relationship issues
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 Samples: "The Pedophile”, "Perspective of a Sexual Serial Killer: the Social Perceptions between Power-Reassurance and Anger Retaliatory Serial Killers", "Commanding Without Conscience: Determining the Frequency of Sociopathic Presidents’ Elections" , Crime and Women" and "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder" and “The Practica Applicability of Enforcing Human Rights Laws in the Area of Human Trafficking”
- Graduate Thesis Committee: "Social Emotional Development in Adolescents" and "Art Therapy and Special Needs"
- Advisory and editorial board member for the Scientific International Journal
- Academic Affairs PASSHE/APSCUF PennWest California representative
- B.A.: Psychology, PennWest California
- M.S.: School Psychology, PennWest California
- Certification in School Psychology: PennWest California
- Ed.D.: Educational Psychology, West Virginia University
- Certification: 39 credits beyond doctorate: K-12 Administrator, West Virginia University
Office: Manderino Library Room 450