Dr. Swahn, the former associate dean for research in the College of Health and Human Sciences, is an associate professor in the Institute of Public Health and associate director for research in the Emory Center for Injury Control.
Dr. Swahn works closely with the Georgia State faculty, associate deans for research, and senior administrators and staff to enhance the research, scholarly and creative productivity of the university. She is integral in helping Georgia State’s Department of University Research Services and Administration increase its level of support to faculty submitting proposals and managing grants.
Prior to joining Georgia State University, Dr. Swahn worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for nine years.In 2006, Dr. Swahn was awarded the prestigious Dixie Snider fellowship in the Office of the Chief Science Officer, CDC. During this fellowship, Dr. Swahn contributed to agency-wide strategic goal and research priority planning and facilitated the preparation and implementation of new research objectives. She also provided assistance and consultations to scientific regulatory services and prepared measures, initiatives, and fiscal year targets for an internal organizational excellence management assessment tool.
Dr. Swahn received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh. Most of her research examines the prevalence and correlates of risk behaviors among adolescents and young adults in urban settings in the U.S. and more recently in Sub-Saharan Africa.