Michelle S. Swanger-Gagne, Ph.D.

Michelle S. Swanger-Gagne, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box PSYCH
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 276-5626
Fax: (585) 271-7706

Research Bio

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.

Awards & Honors (National)

Psi Chi | National Psychology Honor Society 1999 - 2002

Awards & Honors (Local)

Assisting Children through Transition Presenter. A Parent Education Program by the Monroe County BAR association (2013-2015). 2013 - Present
University of Nebraska-Lincoln School Psychology Student of the Year Award | Lincoln, Nebraska 2007
Paul E. Henkin Travel Grant | American Psychological Foundation 2007
College of Education and Human Sciences Research Travel Award 2002
Undergraduate Senior Honors; Completion of Senior Honors Thesis 2002
Phi Sigma Sigma Scholarship for Academic Achievement-Delta Beta Chapter 1999 - 2002

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 9 available »

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.
Daly, E. J., Wells, N. J., Swanger-Gagné, M. S., Carr, J. E., Kunz, G. M., & Taylor, A. M. "Evaluation of the multiple-stimulus without replacement stimulus preference assessment method with students with behavior disorders using activities as stimulus events". Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 2009; 42(3): 563–574.
Swanger-Gagne, 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.

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Psychiatry, Family/Marriage (SMD) - Primary
Assistant Professor - Department of Pediatrics (SMD)


Post-Degree Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy | Psychiatry | University of Rochester Medical Center2011
Doctorate of Philosophy | School Psychology Program | University of Nebraska-Lincoln2009
Master of Arts | Educational Psychology | University of Nebraska-Lincoln2005
Bachelor of Arts with Honors | Clinical and Social Psychology, Minor: Brain and Cognitive Science | University of Rochester2002

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship at University of Rochester Medical Center09/01/2009 - 08/31/2011
Internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute at John Hopkins07/01/2008 - 06/30/2009
Fellowship at Kennedy Krieger Institute at John Hopkins07/01/2008 - 06/30/2009
Fellowship at Monroe- Meyer Institute08/01/2003 - 08/01/2006