College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Roberto Swazo

  • School of Applied Human Sciences, Counseling

    Faculty - Professor of Counseling


    Ph.D. in Counselor Education, Oregon State University 
    Masters in School Counseling, University of Puerto Rico 
    Bachelor’s in General Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), University of Puerto Rico

    Research Interests

    School counseling and practical applications of ASCA national model within local communities
    International Counseling and cross-disciplinary integration from a Multicultural position
    Microfictions/non-traditional techniques and bilingualism (Spanish/English)
    European collaboration and cooperation in counseling and related professions

    Teaching Interests

    School Counseling's current issues, Ethics, Cross-disciplinary perspectives, Multiculturalism


    Dr. Swazo has served as a middle and high school teacher, school counselor in private and public schools (6th-12th grades), college counselor, and as a consultant for private practice. He is an associate professor and division chair of the school and mental health counseling program at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), Cedar Falls, and has served in the same capacity at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida and Roosevelt University (RU) in Chicago. In addition to teaching, Dr. Swazo is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and conducts workshops throughout the United States and abroad on multicultural issues and psycho-bilingual training (teaching basic Spanish interventions) for schools and mental health agencies. He has presented or has been invited as a keynote speaker in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Russia, Czech Republic, and Italy. He also teaches frequently as an invited professor at the Universidad del Valle in Guatemala in the school and mental health programs.

    Selected Publications

    The Bilingual Counselor’s Guide to Spanish: Basic Vocabulary and Interventions for the Non-Spanish Speaker

    Fantasías e ilusiones desde el exilio (Fantasies and Illusions from the Exile)

    Assessment and Intervention with Children and Adolescents: Developmental and Multicultural Approaches (co-author)