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Siera Schwanz

PhD Student

Biography

Siera is from Gothenburg, Nebraska. She received her B.S. from the University of Nebraska- Kearney in Family Studies with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Her major professor is Dr. Amy Rauer. Siera’s research focuses on various types of romantic relationship variables, such as romantic commitment, trust, passion, relationship satisfaction and relationship maintenance. Siera is the first year representative for the CFS Graduate Student Organization.


Education

Ph.D. University of Tennessee – Knoxville, TN

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Child and Family Studies
  • Committee Chair: Amy Rauer
  • August 2018 - Present

B. S. University of Nebraska – Kearney, NE

  • Major: Family Studies
  • Minor: Early Childhood Education
  • August 2017

Curriculum Vitae


Professional Service

Professional Experience

08/18 – Present

  • Graduate Research Assistantship. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
  • Research assistantship with Amy Rauer, Ph.D.

08/18 – Present

  • Graduate Research Assistantship. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
  • Research assistantship with Spencer Olmstead, Ph.D.

05/16 – 05/18 Transitional Youth Advocate. Families CARE, Kearney, NE.

  • Provided peer-to-peer advocacy with transitional youth that are experiencing life challenges due to their mental or behavioral health.
  • Created and applied two Transitional Youth Support Groups in different cities in Nebraska.

10/16 – 05/17 Undergraduate Research Fellowship. University of Nebraska, Kearney, NE.

Responsibilities included:

  • Designing a study; collecting data from participants; analyzing participants data
  • Disseminating results
  • Attending weekly meetings with research advisor, Michael Langlais, Ph.D.

Professional Service:

Co Journal Reviewer, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

Certificate, Best Practices in Publishing

First year representative for the Graduate Student Organization (August, 2018 Present)

Executive Board Member of the Organizational Research and Creative Activity (August, 2016 – May, 2017)

Student Athlete Advisory Committee (September, 2015 – May, 2017)

Alumni of Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity (May, 2017)


Awards and Recognitions

Graduate Honors

  • Graduate School Fellowship
  • Ruby McKeel Rives Scholarship

Undergraduate Honors

  • Provisional Certified Family Life Educator
  • Landstrom and Taylor Scholarship Award
  • Wells Fargo Endowed Scholarship Award
  • Dean’s List Fall Semester 2015, 2016, Spring Semester 2017, Summer Semester 2017 at University of Nebraska- Kearney
  • College of Education and Human Sciences Dean’s List Spring Semester 2015 at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Publications

Langlais M. R., & Schwanz, S. J. (2017). Religiosity and relationship quality of dating relationships: Examining relationship religiosity as a mediator. Religions, 8(9), 187-199. doi:10.3390/rel8090187

Schwanz, S.J. (2017). Religiosity and the impact on relationship quality. Undergraduate Research Journal, 21(1), 57-76.

Langlais. M. R., & Schwanz, S., (2017). Centrality of religiosity of relationships for affectionate and sexual behaviors among emerging adults. Sexuality and Culture 22(2), 405-420. doi:10.1007/s12119-017-9474-2

Professional Presentations:

Schwanz, S. J., Kahovec, A. E., Davis, K., & Clouthier, S. T. (2019, November). “Opening Doors: Strategies for Improving the Undergraduate Research Experience.” Research exchange presented at the meeting of National Council on Family Relations, Dallas, TX.

Schwanz, S. J. & Langlais, M. R. (November, 2017). “Examining Centrality of Religiosity for Affectionate and Sexual Behaviors.” Presented at the Annual Meeting for the National Council on Family Relations, Orlando, Florida.

Schwanz, S. J. & Langlais, M. R. (April, 2017). “Examining Centrality of Religiosity for Affectionate and Sexual Behaviors.” Presented at the Annual Spring Student Research Symposium, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Nebraska.

Schwanz, S. J., Langlais, M (January, 2017). “Religiosity and Relationship Quality: The Mediating Role of Religiosity of the Relationship”. Presented at the Annual meeting of Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, Texas.

Schwanz, S. J., Langlais, M (October, 2016). “Religiosity and Relationship Quality: The Mediating Role of Religiosity of the Relationship”. Presented at the Annual Fall Student Research Symposium, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Nebraska.

Media Coverage

NTV NEWS. (September 28, 2016). Religion and Romantic Relationships.


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