My Story

I grew up in the Houston area, not far from NASA. I always loved science — but also wanted to figure out myself and my crazy family. So, I studied the science of human behavior, emotion, and cognition: Psychology. After a two-year post-doctoral fellowship, I traveled around the country and abroad for two years. Following a brief teaching stint near Philadelphia, I came to Wilson in 1998, drawn to the mission, the mountains, and the small liberal arts college. At Wilson, I have been able to pursue my interests in health, wellness, sports and psychology. I have advised the campus wellness program, conducted health psychology research, and worked with Warren Wilson athletic teams (as well as with other collegiate teams in NC). Christine and I have raised our three kids here and feel lucky to be a part of such an amazing school and community.

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Robert Swoap
Robert Swoap waterskiing
Robert Swoap with a class


  • B.A. in Psychology, Duke University
  • M.S. in Clinical & Health Psychology, University of Florida
  • Ph.D. in Clinical & Health Psychology, University of Florida

Research Interests

  • Post-doctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine, Duke University Medical School
  • Health Psychology
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Mindfulness

Courses Taught

  • PSY 3170: Health Psychology
  • PSY 3120: Psychology, Mental Health, and Distress
  • PSY 1210: Sport Psychology

Crews and Other Activities

  • Advisor to the Wellness Crew
  • Service-Learning with Stone Creek Health & Rehabilitation
  • Speaker for the National Conference on the Art & Science of Health Promotion

Contact Dr. Swoap

Boon 220
WWC CPO 6037

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000