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Michelle S. Swanger-Gagne, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-8321

Fax: (585) 271-7706

Office: (585) 276-5626

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Dr. Swanger-Gagne is an assistant professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center's Institute for the Family in the Psychiatry Department. She received her PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and completed specialty training in pediatric school psychology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She completed an internship focused in family therapy at the Kennedy Krieger Institute of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in primary care-family psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She specializes in collaborative care and family-centered care for children, youth, and families. She sees youth and family with academic and behavioral challenges like ADHD and school anxiety and also provides medical family therapy to children and families with medical conditions. Dr. Swanger-Gagne collaborates and consults with various community and educational programs, such as school districts. She teaches and supervises trainees in the family therapy training program and has been published in School Mental Health and School Psychology Journals.


Faculty Appointments


Bachelor of Arts with Honors | University of Rochester
Clinical and Social Psychology, Minor: Brain and Cognitive Science

Master of Arts | University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Educational Psychology

Doctorate of Philosophy | University of Nebraska-Lincoln
School Psychology Program

Post-Degree Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy | University of Rochester Medical Center

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2008 - 06/30/2009
Internship in at Kennedy Krieger Institute at John Hopkins

07/01/2008 - 06/30/2009
Fellowship in at Kennedy Krieger Institute at John Hopkins

08/01/2003 - 08/01/2006
Fellowship in at Monroe- Meyer Institute

09/01/2009 - 08/31/2011
Fellowship in at University of Rochester Medical Center

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2013 - Present
Assisting Children through Transition Presenter. A Parent Education Program by the Monroe County BAR association (2013-2015).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln School Psychology Student of the Year Award
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska

Paul E. Henkin Travel Grant
Sponsor: American Psychological Foundation

College of Education and Human Sciences Research Travel Award

Undergraduate Senior Honors; Completion of Senior Honors Thesis

1999 - 2002
Psi Chi
Sponsor: National Psychology Honor Society

1999 - 2002
Phi Sigma Sigma Scholarship for Academic Achievement-Delta Beta Chapter

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Journal Articles

Swanger-Gagné, M. S., Garbacz, S. A., & Sheridan, S. M. "Intervention implementation integrity within conjoint behavioral consultation: Strategies for working with families at risk". School Mental Health. 2009; 1: 131-142.

Sheridan, S. M., Swanger-Gagne, M., Welch, G. W., Kwon, K., & Garbacz, S. A. "Fidelity measurement in consultation: Psychometric issues and preliminary examination". School Psychology Review. 2009; 38: 476-495.

Chacko, A., Wymbs, B.T., Arnold, F.W., Pelham, W.E., Swanger-Gagné, M., Girio, E.L., Pirvics, L., Herbst, L., Guzzo, J.L., Phillips, C., & O'Connor, B. "Enhancing traditional behavioral parent training for single-mothers of children with ADHD". Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 2009; 38(2): 206-218.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: The role of school-family partnership programs for promoting student social and emotional learning.
Book Title: The Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning
Author List: Garbacz, S. A., Swanger-Gagné, M. S., & Sheridan, S. M.
Edited By: In J. Durlak, T. Gullotta, C. Domitrovich, P. Goren, & R. Weissberg (Eds.)
Published By: The Guildford Press.2015 in New York, NY:

Chapter Title: Collaboration across systems to support children and families
Book Title: Practical handbook of school psychology: Effective practices for the 21st Centur
Author List: Sheridan, S. M., Magee, K. L., Blevins, C. A., & Swanger-Gagne, M. S.
Edited By: G.G. Peacock, R. A. Ervin, E. J. D. III & K. W. Merrell
Published By: Guilford2009 in New York

Chapter Title: Appendix H: Sample manualized home and school intervention for increasing compliance
Book Title: Conjoint behavioral consultation: Promoting family-school connections and inter
Author List: Swanger-Gagné, M. S.
Edited By: S.M. Sheridan & T. R. Kratochwill
Published By: Springer Publishing2008 in New York City