Susan M. Swearer, Ph.D.
Chair, Research Advisory Board, Born This Way Foundation
Willa Cather Professor of Educational Psychology
Professor of School Psychology and Licensed Psychologist
Department of Educational Psychology
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Dr. Susan M. Swearer is the Willa Cather Professor of Educational Psychology and a Professor of School Psychology at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL). She is the co-director of the Bullying Research Network and Director of the Empowerment Initiative. Dr. Swearer received her B.A. in Psychology from Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA; her M.S. in Special Education from the Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA; and her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, TX.
For over the past decade, Dr. Swearer has developed and implemented a data-based decision-making model for responding to bullying among school-aged youth and has conducted staff trainings in elementary, middle, and high schools, and higher education settings with the goal of helping to establish cost-effective and data-based strategies to reduce bullying behaviors. She is the co-author of, Bullying Prevention and Intervention: Realistic Strategies for Schools (2009) and co-editor of the books, Handbook of Bullying in Schools: An International Perspective (2010) and Bullying in North American Schools, 2nd edition (2011). Dr. Swearer has authored over 100 book chapters and articles on the topics of bullying, depression, and anxiety in school-aged youth. Her Target Bullying Intervention Program was featured on CBS Sunday Morning in February 2011; she was an invited presenter at the White House Bullying Prevention Conference in March 2011; and she was a panel member at Harvard University at the launch of the Born This Way Foundation along with Lady Gaga, Oprah, Deepak Chopra, and Secretary of HHS Kathleen Sebelieus in February 2012. In March 2012, Dr. Swearer was a featured bullying expert on Anderson Cooper’s daytime show, “Anderson.” From January 2013-March 2013, Dr. Swearer toured with Lady Gaga and the Born This Way Foundation on the Born Brave Bus, a youth empowerment experience that has reached over 150,000 participants.
As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Swearer is a supervising psychologist in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at UNL and for seven years was the Director of the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology, an APA-approved internship program that trains 35 psychology interns annually. Her career has been devoted to the intersection of research and practice and she is the Chair of the Research Advisory Board for the Born This Way Foundation. Dr. Swearer can be followed on Twitter: @Bully_Research; @DrSueSwearer; and @Empowerment_UNL.