Decker nursing faculty

Mary Ann Swain 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. She 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 lifecycle 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. 


  • BA, psychology, DePauw University
  • MA, experimental psychology, University of Michigan
  • PhD, developmental psychology, University of Michigan

Professional experience

  • Taught quantitative and qualitative research methods and statistics, leadership, theory development and family psychology
  • Chaired more than 25 dissertation committees
  • 2006–2016, director, 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