Mary Ann Swain




AB 346
Decker School of Nursing
Binghamton University
DSON Phone: (607) 777-6144
CCPA Phone: (607) 777-9218

Dr. Mary Ann Swain (Professor) has many years of experience in higher education administration including having served as Binghamton University's Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for almost 20 years. Dr. Swain serves as Chair of the Department of Student Affairs Administration and holds a tenured appointment in the Decker School of Nursing. Her research interests focus on health development across the entire life-cycle and the interrelationships among life stressors, healthy development, and illness. In addition, she looks at how to characterize and foster effective leadership in higher education. Dr. Swain possesses degrees from DePauw University (BS) and the University of Michigan where she received her PhD in Psychology.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan
  • M.A., Experimental Psychology, University of Michigan
  • B.A., Psychology, DePauw University

Professional Experience

  • Taught quantitative and qualitative research methods & statistics, leadership, theory development, family psychology, chaired more than 25 dissertation committees
  • 2006 - 2016 Director of PhD Program, Decker School of Nursing
  • 1993-2010 Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Binghamton University
  • 1983-1993 Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Michigan
  • 1990-1992 Interim Vice President for Student Services, University of Michigan
  • 1988-1989 Interim Director of Affirmative Action, University of Michigan

Research Interests:

  • Modeling and Role-Modeling Theory
  • Health promotion, stress, and illness across the lifespan
  • Self-care
  • Effective leadership and management
  • Acquiring new professional identities

Last Updated: 7/1/16