Dr. John Eric Swenson III


Dr. John Eric Swenson III is a professor of psychology at Hardin-Simmons University. He joined the faculty in the fall of 2012. Dr. Swenson is married and has two children. He grew up in Spur, Texas, a ranching community approximately 90 miles northwest of Abilene.

Prior to teaching at Hardin-Simmons, Dr. Swenson was Chair of the Department of Psychology at McMurry University. He also previously taught as an adjunct professor at Texas State University. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Swenson is a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas and maintains a private practice at the Ministry of Counseling and Enrichment in Abilene. Previously, he had a private practice in New Braunfels, Texas.

Dr. Swenson remains actively involved in the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, where he served as a board member for six years and for two years was Chairman of the Board. His research and writing interests include the integration of Christian faith and psychology and professional ethics.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Business, Abilene Christian University, 1989
  • Master of Science, Counseling/Clinical Psychology, Abilene Christian University, 1998
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology, The University of Memphis, 2002
  • American Psychological Association-Accredited, Residency, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2002
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, Child Guidance Center of San Antonio, 2003
  • A Princeton Review Best Western College
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities  
  • Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture
  • US News Best Colleges
  • Military Friendly
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  • College Choice Best Christian Colleges and University
  • University and College Accountability Network