Catherine Chiappetta Swanson

Name Catherine Chiappetta-Swanson
School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Applied Health and Information Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) - International Business Management
  • Bachelor of Community and Criminal Justice (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Early Learning Program Development (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Engineering - Building Systems Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering - Power Systems Engineering
  • Bachelor of Environmental Public Health (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Public Relations (Honours)
Academic and Professional Designations
  • ​PhD Sociology and Social Psychology
  • MA Sociology (Specialized)
  • BA Sociology
Title ​Professor
Courses Taught
  • ​SOC71250 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC71500 Group Dynamics
  • SOC73165 User Training and Adult Education
  • HIM1010 Success in Health Care Careers
Areas of Expertise & Interest
  • ​Mental health and wellness
  • Health and healthcare
  • Cannabis
Industry Experience, Professional Currency Activities
  • ​15 years as a professor at McMaster University
  • 9 years as a consultant at McMaster University's Teaching and Learning Centre
  • Active Aging Canada Cannabis Expert Review Panel Member
Major Research Projects, Scholarly Activities, and/or Publications
  • Textbook - An Introduction to Medical Cannabis in Canada
Additional Information Catherine’s teaching philosophy is based on the inquiry approach to teaching and learning. She believes that all students are individuals who come to an education program with valuable life experiences that can be coupled with their educational experience to enhance overall learning. By supporting students’ individuality, they are more likely to find themselves on a path to life-long learning, and an appreciation for their own abilities.