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Michelle Swanger-Gagne, Ph.D.

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Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-8321

Office: (585) 276-5626

Fax: (585) 271-7706

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Faculty Appointments



Dr. Swanger-Gagne is an assistant professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center's Institute for the Family in the Psychiatry Department and Pediatrics 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 integrated care and family-centered care for children, youth, and families. She sees youth and family with academic and behavioral challenges and also provides medical family therapy to children and families with medical conditions. Within Pediatric Rheumatology, Dr. Swanger-Gagne is the pediatric psychologist within the Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Program, an intensive outpatient pain program. Her current clinical focus is the treatment of chronic pediatric pain. 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.



MA | University of Nebraska at Lincoln

PHD | University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

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

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

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

08/01/2003 - 08/01/2006
Fellowship at University of Nebraska Medical Center

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Pieter LeRoux Supervision Award
Location: U of Rochester Marriage and Family Therapy Training Program

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

Garbacz, S. A.; Swanger-Gagné, M. S.; & Sheridan, S. M. "The role of school-family partnership programs for promoting student social and emotional learning." The Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning. In J. Durlak, T. Gullotta, C. Domitrovich, P. Goren, & R. Weissberg (Eds.). 2015; : 244-259.

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.

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: Guilford 2009 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 Publishing 2008 in New York City