Renae Swanson, Ph.D., NCC

Department Chair, Associate Professor, Program Coordinator
Professional Counseling

Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychology in Education - Counselor Education Specialization | University of South Dakota (2007)

Areas of Expertise:

  • Mental Health and Community Counseling
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Appraisal of the Individual
  • Advocacy


Dr. Swanson has worked with clients of all ages in individuals, groups, and family modalities. She has developed specialties in marriage and family counseling, counseling adolescents, diagnosis, and language based counseling interventions.

Dr. Swanson is currently pursuing research interests in the areas of assessment, language interpretation in counseling, gender role and career choices, and the application of ecological and prevention models to community mental health. She works to create educational strategies that allow students to work towards a mastery orientation and embark on a lifetime of learning. She enjoys collaborating with students and colleagues in scholarly activities. Dr. Swanson is also an active member of the American Counseling Association and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

Date of First Employment at UW Oshkosh: September 2007

Classes Typically Taught:

  • Assessment
  • Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling
  • Personal Growth
  • Practicum
  • Research Methodology