Renae Swanson, Ph.D., NCC, LPC

Interim Dean

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 enjoys working with clients of all ages in individuals, groups, and family modalities. She has developed specialties in marriage and family counseling, parenting, counseling adolescents, and diagnosis.

Dr. Swanson is currently pursuing research interests in the areas of parenting, diagnosis, LGBTQIA identity development, and suicidal behaviors in adolescents. 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
  • Relational Systems
  • Counseling Process
  • Research Methodology