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Thomas K. Swisher , J.D., Ph.D.

Professor
Human Services | School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Thomas Swisher
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LRC 116
2nd Floor of Library
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Education

  • 2008    Loyola University:  Ph.D. with Honors, Pastoral Counseling
  • 2002    Loyola University:  M.S. with Honors, Pastoral Counseling
  • 1986    University of Baltimore:  Juris Doctorate
  • 1983    University of Virginia:  B.S. Secondary Education

Professional Experience

  • Professor, Human Services Department (2016 to Present)
  • Associate Professor & Field Placement Coordinator (2007 to 2015)
  • Affiliate Faculty, Loyola University, Md. (2011 to 2016)
  • Clinical Supervisor for Graduate Counseling Students (2011 to Present)
  • Individual & Family Counselor in Private Practice (2002 to Present)
  • Founder & Mediator, The Resolution Center (1990 to Present)

Research

Dr. Swisher's research has included the following areas & constructs:

  • Positive Adaptation to Stress
  • Divorce & Marital Disruption
  • Secular Coping
  • Positive & Negative Religious Coping
  • Numinous Constructs: Spirituality & Religiosity
  • Five Factor Model of Personality
  • Hope, Life Satisfaction & Stress Related Growth

Publications

Swisher, T. (2016). Spirituality, Religiosity & Religious Coping as Factors in Adapting to Significant Life Events. The Dr. Paul D. Lack Scholars’ Showcase: An Across-Disciplines Conference, Baltimore, Maryland – February 26, 2016.

Swisher, T. (2015). The Role of Personality in Adaptation to Stress Associated With Separation and Divorce: A Guide for Human Services Professionals and Mental Health Providers. Journal of Human Services, Vol. 35, pp. 50-59.

Swisher, T. (2015). Numinosity and Adaptation to Stress: The Role of Religiosity, Spirituality and Religious Coping in Adaptation to Significant Life Events. International Journal of Social Science Studies, Vol. 3 (2).

Swisher, T., McCoy, J., & Mills, E. (2015). Reaching Diverse Populations through Field Placements in Human Services. Presented at the National Organization for Human Services Conference, Charlotte, South Carolina.

Swisher, T. (2015). Predictive Roles of the Numinous Constructs of Spirituality, Religiosity and Religious Coping on Adaptation to Stress. Presented at the International Symposium on Global Mental Health, Kerala, India.

Swisher, T. (2015). The Role of Personality in Adaptation to Stress. Presented at the Stevenson University Scholars’ Showcase – Discoveries: From Centers to Margins. February 27, 2015 at Stevenson University, Maryland.

Swisher, T. (2014). The Role of Spirituality & Religious Coping in an Anxious, Uncertain World – A Study of Over 500 Individuals Experiencing Separation or Divorce. Presented at the National Organization for Human Services Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.

 Swisher, T., Ambrose, C., & Burns, M. (2014). Enhancing the Odds of Appropriate Career Selection:  Utilizing a Process of Reflective Exercises & Personality Discernment in Selection of Field Placement & Career Outcomes. Presented at the National Organization for Human Services Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Swisher, T., Rosicky, J., McGraw, J., Ryan, J., Bealefeld, F. (2013). Mental Health & Violence. Presenter and panelist at the Humanities & Social Sciences Perspectives Forum, Stevenson University, Stevenson, Maryland.

 Swisher, T., (2013). Diverse Reactions to Significant Life Events Based on Personality, Religiosity & Spirituality. Presented at the National Organization for Human Services Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.

 Swisher, T., Franyo-Ehlers, G., Smith, K., Boyce, D., & Eisenhart, M. (2013). Field Placements: Navigating the Choppy Waters of Experiential Learning. Panel Presentation presented at the National Organization for Human Services Conference, Baltimore, Maryland. Moderator: Dr. Thomas K. Swisher.

 Swisher, T., Ritter, L., & McCombs, T. (2013). Training to Meet the Needs of Diverse Populations Through a Field Placement Approach. Poster presented at the National Organization for Human Services Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.

 Swisher, T., Bobo, A., & Bunn, G. (2013). Matching Needs and Abilities: The Right Fit for Human Services Providers and the Clients They Serve. Poster presented at the National Organization for Human Services Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.

Swisher, T., Rouse, C., & Franyo-Ehlers, G. (2012). Experiential Learning: Closing the Loop. Presenter and panelist at The Fourth Annual Assessment Expo at Stevenson University, Owings Mills, Maryland.

Swisher, T., Damario, S., & Zimmerman, T. (2012). A Model of Student Learning Experiences in Human Services Field Placements. Poster presented at the National Organization for Human Services Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Swisher, T (2011). Matching Students with Field Placements: In Search of a “Good Fit”. Council for Standards in Human Services Education Bulletin, pp. 4-5.

Swisher, T., Shapero, M., & Brown, C. (2011). Enhancing Education & Achievement for Human Services Students through Collaboration with Community Agencies. Poster presented at the National Organization for Human Services Conference, San Antonio, Texas.

Swisher, T., Franyo-Ehlers, G., Smith, K., Boyce, D., Brown, C. (2011). Experiential Learning: Beyond the Walls of the Classroom - Challenges & Benefits of Experiential Learning from the Perspectives of the University Student, Field Placement Supervisor, University Supervisor, and Field Placement Coordinator. Presenter and panelist at The Second Annual Faculty Development Conference for Colleges and Universities in Central Maryland, Owings Mills, Maryland. 

Swisher, T., Schuyler, M., & Wise, R. (2010). An Effective Internship Model: Collaboration and Partnership Between Community Agencies and Stevenson University’s Human Services Program. Poster presented at the National Organization for Human Services Conference, Portland, Maine.

Swisher, T. (2010). Square Pegs Into Round Holes: Fitting High School Expectations Into University Practice, An Interdisciplinary Panel & Discussion. Presenter and panelist at School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Stevenson University. Owings Mills, Maryland. 

Swisher, T., Shroeder, L., & Zilonis, C. (2009). Assessment and Reflectivity of Self: Exploring, Developing and Matching One’s Identity as a Human Services Professional With the Populations, Institutions, and Cultures Within Which One Works. Poster presented at the National Organization of Human Services Conference, Portland, Oregon.

Swisher, T., Dellinger, H., & Dennis, E. (2008). Opening Opportunities for Student Growth and Development. Poster presented at the National Organization of Human Services Conference, Tucson, Arizona.

Swisher, T. & Ellis, J. (2007). Assessing Personal Traits and Career Interests in Field Placement & Career Development. Poster presented at the National Organization of Human Services Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Swisher, T. (2002). The Name of the Game: ADR and Conflict Resolution. The Business Monthly, Volume 10, No. 1.

Swisher, T. (2001). A Friendly Divorce. The Business Monthly, Volume 9 (1).

Swisher, T. (2000). Assessing the Law:  A Human Perspective. The Business Monthly, Volume 8, No.5.

Swisher, T. (1999). Mediation & Arbitration as Human Services. The Business Monthly, Volume 7, No. 4.           

Swisher, T. (2009 to present). The author writes monthly articles on a variety of topics relating to pastoral counseling. The Beacon: A Monthly Newsletter of Bethany United Methodist Church.

Teaching

Family Studies (HRS 101)

Internship in Human Services (HSR 380)

Family Dynamics & Interventions (HSR 430)

Practicum in Human Services (HSR 440)

Senior Seminar in Human Services (HSR 441)

Clinical Supervision, Loyola University

Highlights

Dr. Swisher discusses the "Impact of Divorce on Children & Parents" in the following 3:45 minute YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbA3EKSe5O0

Dr. Swisher discusses the "Benefits of a Positive Attitude during Stressful Times" in the following 2:44 minute YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-vpADIb0As

Dr. Swisher discusses "The Divorce Mediation Process" in the following 7 minute YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSCakzqK8D4

You can also visit Dr. Swisher's mediation website by visiting the following website:

http://www.swishermediation.com

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