Contact & About Me

Email:
alexbswan[at]gmail.com
swana[at]mtmary.edu

Office:
Kotska Hall 354

Address:
Department of Psychology
Mount Mary University
2900 N Menomonee River Parkway
Milwaukee, WI 53222



A little more about my journey…

I grew up in Los Angeles, CA. After two years at Los Angeles Valley College, I transferred to California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where I completed my bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2008. I graduated summa cum laude, but that was pretty much all I had going for me. Looking back, a lesson I learned in graduate school was that an undergraduate in Psychology needs to develop research skills and faculty relationships as soon as possible–so if you’re an undergraduate and reading this, make sure you’ve done this or plan it now!

csun ge logoAfter a year of figuring out what I wanted to do with my career, I decided to enroll in CSUN’s MA in Experimental Psychology program. I developed a very early working relationship with Dr. Abraham Rutchick, eventually talking him into being my thesis advisor and letting me do some reasoning research on top of it. I was his lab coordinator for my second year in the program and I am still his webmaster; we are still good friends and he is someone I definitely seek for advice. I graduated with my MA in 2011.

UCSB In the summer of 2011, I moved to Santa Barbara and began the Ph.D. program in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). My advisor was Dr. Russell Revlin, a reasoning researcher who has studied human reasoning for more than 40 years. In addition to my research program, I was able to strengthen my teaching skills through various programs that culminated in a teaching portfolio and an awarding of the Certificate in College and Undergraduate Teaching (CCUT). Research methods and statistics is an academic passion of mine, and so I have an interdisciplinary degree emphasis in quantitative methods (Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences, QMSS).

 

Some personal tidbits…Thanksgiving 2015

I’ve been married to the love of my life, Astrid, since 2010. Our son, Oliver, was born in 2014, and he is the best thing ever! We welcomed our daughter, Elliot, on Thanksgiving Day 2016.

I enjoy watching movies/TV, spending time with my family and friends, training in Krav Maga (at a great studio: SB Krav Maga).

My side hobbies include all things gadgets, playing strategy games, webmastering and tinkering with websites, and lifehacking.