Degrees: B.S., Tufts University; M.A., Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University; J.D., Cleveland State University

Expertise: Psychology and Law

Fall 2017 Courses

PS 370-51 FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY T R  11:00 am – 12:15 pm
PS 471-51  SEMINAR IN ETHICS IN PSYCHOLOGY  T R  9:30 – 10:45 am

Fall 2017 Office Hours
Tuesday:  9:00 – 9:30 am, 12:30 – 1:45 pm
Wednesday:  9:00 – 11:30 am, 2:30 – 3:15 pm
Thursday:  9:00 – 9:30 am; 12:30 – 1:00 pm
and by appointment


  • The Hospitalized Child
  • Ethics in Psychology
  • Children and Families in the Legal System
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Preparing for Graduate Study in Psychology


Public Service Interests

  • Mediation of Disputes
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Ethics in Psychology
  • Legal Issues in Professional Psychology
  • Legal Issues in Higher Education
  • Pre-law Advising
Research Interest
  • Research ethics
  • Ethics in professional psychology
  • Psychological injuries in litigation
  • Questioning children as witnesses
  • Child protection
Professional Organizations
  • American Psychological Association. (Fellow). Ethics Committee (1997-2000); (2002-2004) Ethics Code Revision Task Force (1997-2000); Council of Representatives (1999-2001, 1994-1997, 1987-1990); Continuing Education Committee (2005-)
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology: Division Two of the American Psychological Association. (Fellow). President (1992-1993); Secretary/Treasurer (1987-1990); Chair, Fellows Committee (1999-2000); Chair, Elections Committee (1995-1996); Chair, Bylaws Revision Task Force (1993-1996); Chair, Ethics in Academic Life Committee (1990-1991); Chair, Membership Committee (1984-1986); Fund for Excellence Board (1987-); Executive Secretary, Fund for Excellence (2006-)
  • Consulting Editor: Teaching of Psychology
  • American Psychology-Law Society: Division 41 of the American Psychological Association.
  • Association for Psychological Science (Charter member)
  • Midwest Association of Pre-law Advisors, Board (2002-2004)
  • Ohio Psychological Assn. Chair, Ethics Committe
Recent Publications

Swenson, E.V. (2015). Confidentiality and Other Ethical Issues. In Matthews, J.R. & Walker, C.E. (Eds.), Your practicum in psychology: A guide for maximizing knowledge and competence (2nd   ed.) Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Swenson, Elizabeth V. (2015).  Maximizing Your Teaching Effectiveness by Following the Ethics Code Ohio Psychologist: 12-13.

Swenson, E.V. (2015). Teaching the Psychology and Law Course.In Dunn, D.S. (Ed.). Oxford Handbook of Undergraduate Psychology Education. New York, Oxford University Press.

Swenson, Elizabeth V.  (2015) Ethical Issues in SOTL. In R.A. Smith & B.M. Schwartz (Eds.), Using SoTl to enhance your academic position. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website:

Swenson, Elizabeth V. (2016). Involuntary Commitment, Clear Convincing Evidence for.  In Wenzel, AE. (Ed.). The Sage Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (In press).

Swenson, Elizabeth V. (2016). Confidentiality.In Wenzel, AE. (Ed.). The Sage Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (In press).

Swenson, Elizabeth V. (2016). Confidentiality, Exceptions to.  In Wenzel, AE. (Ed.). The Sage Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (In press).

Swenson, Elizabeth V. (2016).  Taking Civil Rights to the Next Level. [Review of the book Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics, and the Struggle for Consciousness by J.J. Fins]. PsycCRITIQUES.  (In press.)

Swenson, E.V. (2013). Teaching Psychology and Law.  In Dunn, D. (Ed.).Oxford Handbook of Psychology Education.  New York, Oxford University Press.

Swenson, E.V. (2013). Legal Issues in Clinical and Counseling Psychological Testing and Assessment.  In Geisinger, K. and Carlson, J. (Eds.).  Handbook of Testing and Assessment. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Swenson, Elizabeth V. (2012). Translating ethical dilemmas from the traditional to the online classroom.  The Ohio Psychologist, 12-14.

Swenson, E.V. & McCarthy, M.A. (2011) Ethically Conducting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Research. In Landrum,  R.E. and McCarthy, M.A. (Eds.). Teaching Ethically: Challenges and Opportunities.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Swenson, E.V. (2009).  Protecting human participants in research:  What you need to know about the IRB. The Ohio  Psychologist,   56, 23-25.

Swenson, E.V. (2008). The insanity trial of Hamlet: A teaching  activity. (Revised).  In Benjamin, L. (Ed.).  Favorite activities for the teaching of psychology.  Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association.

Swenson, E.V.  (2008).  Ethics of psychological research. In  Davis, S. and Buskist, W. (Eds.).  The handbook of psychology in  the 21st century.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage  Publications.

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • Fellow, Phi Beta Kappa Society
  • Fellow, Midwestern Psychological Association.
  • Distinguished Professor of the Year (2010), John Carroll University
  • Student Activity Moderator of the Year (2011).
  • Distinguished Contributions to the Profession of Psychology, Ohio Psychological Association (2007)