Dr. Sweitzer joined the PCOM faculty in August 2010. She obtained her Ph.D. in school
psychology from Temple University. After completing her internship at the Milton
Hershey School, she worked as a school psychologist for Gwinnett County Schools (Georgia)
practicing as both a school age and early childhood school psychologist.
Dr. Sweitzer completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Special People In Northeast (SPIN),
where she specialized in early childhood mental health. Her clinical experiences
and professional interests include early childhood social emotional development and
assessment, consultation with childcare centers, social skills groups for young children,
and parent skills training. Dr. Sweitzer’s research interests involve the implementation
of social skills groups and trainings for urban childcare centers, the effectiveness
of these strategies in reducing the number of behavioral health referrals for young
children, and the relationship between preschool emotional health and later school
Dr. Sweitzer is also interested in researching the familial, educational, and neuro-educational
implications of Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcus
Infections. She presents workshops and trainings to raise awareness of the disorder.
Dr. Sweitzer is a licensed psychologist and maintains certification as a School Psychologists
nationally, and in Pennsylvania and Georgia. She is a member of the National Association
of School Psychologists and The Pennsylvania Psychological Association. When not on
campus, Dr. Sweitzer enjoys spending time with her husband and three children and
running local raod races.