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Suzanne Swan

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-2558
Office: Barnwell, 553
Resources: Department of Psychology


Suzanne Swan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, Clinical-Community Program, and the Women's and Gender Studies Program.  Dr. Swan received her PhD in Social and Personality Psychology with a Minor in Women's Studies in 1997 from the University of Illinois.  Before coming to USC, Dr. Swan was the Director of Family Violence Programs at The Consultation Gender, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine.  Dr. Swan's program of research follows the tradition of Kurt Lewin's dictum that "there is nothing so practical as a good theory".  She conducts research in the area of intimate partner violence and other forms of interpersonal aggression.  A major focus of Dr. Swan's current research is drugging (administering a drug or alcohol to someone without their knowledge or consent).  In a recent landmark study, Dr. Swan and colleagues found that 1 in 13 college students reported that they had been drugged, and 1.4% of students reported drugging someone or knowing a drugger (Swan et al., 2016).  Together with her students, Dr. Swan is also focusing on intersectional issues in intimate partner violence and sexual violence, particularly concerning the roles of race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.  Dr. Swan has also conducted research on interventions to prevent violence, as well as women's use of violence and aggression in intimate relationships.  Dr. Swan teaches courses in Graduate and Undergraduate Social Psychology, Women's Health, and Men and Masculinity.


Weiss, N. H., Johnson, C. D., Contractor, A., Peasant, C., Swan, S. C., & Sullivan, T. P. (2016). Racial/ethnic differences moderate associations of coping strategies and posttraumatic stress disorder symptom clusters among women experiencing partner violence: A multigroup path analysis. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping.

Swan, S.C., Lasky, N., Fisher, B.S., Woodbrown, V.D., Bonsu, J.E., Schramm, A.T., Warren, P.R., Coker, A.L., & Williams, C.M. (2016).  Just a dare or unaware?  Outcomes and motives of drugging (“drink spiking”) on three college campuses.  Psychology of Violence.

Weiss, N. H., Duke, A. A., Overstreet, N. M., Swan, S. C., & Sullivan, T. P. (2016). Intimate partner aggression-related shame and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms: The moderating role of substance use problems. Aggressive Behavior, 42, 427-440.

Coker, A.L., Bush, H.M., Fisher, B.S., Swan, S.C., Williams, C.M., Clear, E.R., & DeGue, S. (2016).  Multi-college bystander intervention evaluation for violence prevention.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 50, 295-302.

Bosson, J., Parrott, D., Swan, S., Kuchynka, S., & Schramm, A. (2015).  A dangerous boomerang: Injunctive norms, hostile sexist attitudes, and male-to-female sexual aggression.  Aggressive Behavior, 41, 580-593.

Warren, P., Swan, S., & Allen, C.T.  (2015).  Comprehension of sexual consent as a key factor in the perpetration of sexual aggression among college men.  Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 24, 897-913.

Flanagan, J.C., Jaquier, V., Overstreet, N., Swan, S.C., & Sullivan, T.P.  (2015).  The mediating role of avoidance coping between intimate partner violence victimization, mental health, and substance abuse among women experiencing bidirectional intimate partner violence.  Psychiatry Research, 220, 391-396. 

Allen, C.T., Ridgeway, R., & Swan, S.C. (2015). College students’ beliefs regarding help seeking for male and female sexual assault survivors:  Even less support for male survivors.  Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma, 24, 102-115.

Allen, C.T., Swan, S., Maas, C., & Barber, S.  (2014). A comparison of the structural factors of the propensity for abusiveness scale for women and men in a domestic violence treatment program.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30, 2326-2343.

Coker, A.L., Fisher, B.S., Bush, H.M., Swan, S.C., Williams, C.M., Clear, E.R., & DeGue, S. (2015).  Evaluation of the Green Dot bystander intervention to reduce interpersonal violence among college students across three campuses.  Violence Against Women, 12, 1507-1527.

Hellmuth, J.C., Jaquier, V., Swan, S.C., & Sullivan, T.P. (2014).  Elucidating posttraumatic stress symptom profiles and their correlates among women experiencing bidirectional intimate partner violence.  Journal of Clinical Psychology, 70, 1008-1021.

Sullivan, T.P., McPartland, T., Price, C., Cruza-Guet, M.C., & Swan, S.C. (2013).  Relationship self-efficacy protects against mental health problems among women in bidirectionally aggressive intimate relationships with men.  Journal of Counseling Psychology60, 641-647.

Young-Wolff, K.C., Hellmuth, J., Jaquier, V., Swan, S.C., Connell, C., & Sullivan, T.P. (2013).  Patterns of resource utilization and mental health symptoms among women exposed to multiple types of victimization: A latent class analysis.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence28, 3059-3083.

Deming, M.E., Covan, E.K., Swan, S.C., & Billings, D.L. (2013). Exploring rape myths, gendered norms, group processing, and the social context of rape among college women: A qualitative analysis. Violence Against Women, 19, 465-485.

Strait, G.G., Smith, B.H., McQuillin, S., Terry, J., Swan, S., & Malone, P. (2012). A randomized trial of motivational interviewing to improve middle school students' academic performance. Journal of Community Psychology, 40, 1032-1039.

Swan, S.C., Gambone, L.J., Van Horn, M.L., Snow, D.L., & Sullivan, T.P. (2012). Different factor structures for women's aggression and victimization among women who used aggression against male partners. Violence Against Women, 18, 1045-1066.

Caldwell, J.E., Swan S.C., & Woodbrown, D. (2012). Gender differences in intimate partner violence outcomes. Psychology of Violence, 2, 42-57.

Davis, K.E, Swan, S.C., & Gambone, L.J. (2012). Why doesn't he just leave me alone? Persistent pursuit: Acritical review of theories and evidence. Sex Roles, 66, 328-339.

Grych, J., & Swan, S.C. (2012). Toward a more comprehensive understanding of interpersonal violence: Introduction to the special issue on interconnections among different types of violence. Psychology of Violence, 2, 105-110.

Fields, A.M., Swan, S.C., & Kloos, B.R. (2010). "What it means to be a woman": Ambivalent sexism in female college students' experiences and attitudes. Sex Roles, 62, 554-567.

Caldwell, J.C., Swan, S.C., Allen, C.T., Sullivan, T.P., & Snow, D.L. (2009). Why I hit him: Women's reasons for intimate partner violence. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma,18, 672-697.

Sullivan, T.P., Titus, J.A., Holt, L.J., Swan, S.C., Fisher, B.S., & Snow, D.L. (2009). Does the inclusion criterion of women's aggression as opposed to their victimization result in samples that differ on key dimensions of intimate partner violence? Violence Against Women, 16, 84-98.

Sullivan, T.P., Cavanaugh, C.E., Ufner, M.J., Swan, S.C., & Snow, D.L. (2009). Relationships among women's use of aggression, their victimization, and substance use problems: A test of the moderating effects of race/ethnicity. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma, 18, 646-666.

Swan, S.C., & Sullivan, T.P. (2009). The resource utilization of women who use violence in intimate relationships. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 24, 940-958.

Walley-Jean, J.C., & Swan, S.C. (2009). Motivations and justifications for partner aggression in a sample of African-American college women. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma, 18, 698-717.

Allen, C.T., Swan, S.C., & Raghavan, C. (2009). Gender symmetry, sexism and intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 24, 1816-1834.

Swan, S.C., Gambone, L.J., Caldwell, J.E., Sullivan, T.P., & Snow, D.L. (2008). A review of research on women's use of violence with male intimate partners. Violence and Victims, 23, 301-314. Link

Cook, S.L., & Swan, S.C. (2006). Guest Editors' Introduction. Violence Against Women, 12, 995-996.

Snow, D.L., Sullivan, T.P., Swan, S.C., Tate, D.C., & Klien, I. (2006). The role of coping and problem drinking in men's abuse of female partners: Test of a path model. Violence and Victims, 21, 267-285.

Swan, S. C., & Snow, D. L. (2006). The development of a theory of women's use of violence in intimate relationships. Violence Against Women, 12, 1026-1045.

Raghavan, C., Swan, S. C., Snow, D.L., & Mazure, C.M. (2005). The mediational role of relationship efficacy and resource utilization in the link between physical and psychological abuse and relationship termination. Violence Against Women, 11, 65-88.

Sullivan, T.P., Meese, K.J., Swan, S.C., Mazure, C.M., & Snow, D.L. (2005). Precursors and correlates of women's violence: Child abuse traumatization, victimization of women, avoidance coping and psychological symptoms. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 29, 290-301.

Swan, S.C., Gambone, L.J., Fields, A.M., & Sullivan, T.P., & Snow, D.L. (2005). Women who use violence in intimate relationships: The role of anger, victimization, and symptoms of posttraumatic stress and depression. Violence and Victims, 20, 267-285.

Snow, D. L., Swan, S. C., Raghavan, C., Connell, C., & Klein, I. (2003). The relationship of work stressors, coping, and social support to psychological symptoms among female secretarial employees. Work and Stress, 17, 241-263.

Swan, S. C., & Snow, D. L. (2003). Behavioral and psychological differences among abused women who use violence in intimate relationships. Violence Against Women, 9, 75-109.

Hanson, T., Hesselbrock, M., Tworkowski, S., & Swan, S. C. (2002). The prevalence and management of trauma in the public domain: An agency and clinician perspective. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 29, 365-380.

Swan, S. C., & Snow, D. L. (2002). A typology of women use of violence in intimate relationships. Violence Against Women, 8, 286-319.

Easton, C., Swan, S. C., & Sinha, R. (2000a). Motivation to change substance use among domestic violence offenders. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 19, 1-5.

Easton, C., Swan, S. C., & Sinha, R. (2000b). Prevalence of family violence in clients entering substance abuse treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 18, 23-28.

Cortina, L. M., Swan, S. C., Fitzgerald, L. F., & Waldo, C. (1998). Sexual harassment and assault: Chilling the climate for women in academia. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 22, 419-441.

Schneider, K. T., Swan, S. C., & Fitzgerald, L. F. (1997). Job-related and psychological effects of sexual harassment in the workplace: Empirical evidence from two organizations. Journal of Applied Psychology, 82, 401-415.

Swan, S. C. & Wyer, R. S. (1997). Gender stereotypes and social identity: How being in the minority affects judgments of self and others. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 23, 1265-1276.

Fitzgerald, L. F., Swan, S. C., & Fischer, K. (1995). Why didn't she just report him? The psychological and legal implications of women's responses to sexual harassment. Journal of Social Issues, 51, 117-138.

Wyer, R. S., Swan, S. C., & Gruenfeld, D. H. (1995). Impression formation in informal conversations. Social Cognition, 13, 243-272.

Blount, R. L., Powers, S. W., Cotter, M. W., Swan, S. C., & Free, K.  (1994).  Making the system work:  Training pediatric oncology patients to cope and their parents to coach them during BMA/LP procedures.  Behavior Modification18, 6-31.

Shavitt, S., Swan, S. C., Lowrey, T. M., & Wanke, M.  (1994).  The interaction of endorser attractiveness and involvement in persuasion depends on the goal that guides message processing.  Journal of Consumer Psychology3, 137-162.

Wyer, R. S., Budesheim, T. L., Lambert, A. J., & Swan, S. C.  (1994).  Person memory and judgment:  Pragmatic influences on impressions formed in a social context.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology66, 254-267.

Powers, S.W., Blount, R.L., Bachanas, P.J., Cotter, M.W., & Swan, S.C. (1993).  Helping preschool leukemia patients and their parents cope during injections.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology18, 681-695.

Book Chapters

Swan, S.C., Caldwell, J.E., Sullivan, T.P., & Snow, D.L. (2009). Women's use of violence with male intimate partners. In E. Stark and E. Buzawa (Eds.), Violence against women in families and relationships. Volume 3: Criminal Justice and the Law. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Perspectives, 47-67.

Snow, D.L., Swan, S.C., & Wilton, L. (2002). A workplace coping skills intervention to prevent alcohol abuse. In J.B. Bennett and W.E.K.Lehman (Eds.), Preventing workplace substance abuse: Beyond drug testing to wellness. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Fitzgerald, L. F., Swan, S. C., & Magley, V. J. (1997). But was it really sexual harassment? Legal, behavioral, and psychological definitions of the workplace victimization of women. In W. O'Donohue (Eds.), Sexual harassment: Theory, research, and treatment. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.