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Dr. Monica Swahn

Dean and Professor

Health Promotion and Physical Education

Wellstar College of Health and Human Services

Kennesaw State University

Phone: 470-578-6962


Prillaman Hall
Room 4103, MD 4101

520 Parliament Garden Way

Kennesaw, GA 30144

Kampala Address: 

Plot number 7247, Bukasa Road

Muyenga, Makindye Division

Kampala, Uganda

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A Bit About Me

Previously, to joining KSU, I was a Distinguished University Professor in the department of Population Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University (where I remain an Affiliate Faculty Member). My main research areas pertain to health risk behaviors and disparities among adolescents and young adults, primarily focusing on the structural drivers of alcohol, violence and HIV/AIDS in the United States and globally. An additional area of research pertains to alcohol and how it exacerbates health disparities, particularly chronic diseases such as breast cancer. Some of my engagements include:

  • Receiving the Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement in 2019 at Georgia State University.

  • Serving as a Fulbright Scholar for the sub-Saharan HIV program and assigned to the School of Public Health at Makerere University, Uganda (2016-2018), to develop and implement an alcohol research center. 

  • Presenting my research on the integration of Alcohol Use, Gender-Based Violence and HIV to the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations (2014, 2015, 2017).

  • Consulting with the United Nations Development Program/World Health Organization on the integration of Alcohol, Violence and Infectious Diseases in policy development in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Consulting with the World Health Organization’s Africa Office on alcohol marketing in sub-Saharan Africa and on gender-based violence to the Pan American Health Organization in Guyana.

  • Serving as the former Associate Vice President for Research for Georgia State University (2011-2014) and was previously as the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Health and Human Sciences, 2008-2011.

  • Serving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for just about 10 years as a health scientist/epidemiologist in the Division of Violence Prevention, Deputy Associate Direcgor of Science in the Office on Smoking and Health and finally as a Dixie Snyder Fellow in the Office of the Chief Science Officer.

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Learn More about My Work

In the Shadows of the 7 Hills of Kampala - Fall 2021 - Deans' Showcase
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