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About Laurie Swabey, PhD

Laurie Swabey is Professor of Interpreting at St. Catherine University and Director of the CATIE Center where she is the principal investigator on two federally funded projects related to interpreter education. She holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota in Linguistics and her research interests include interpreting pedagogy and healthcare interpreting. Publications include co-edited volumes Advances in Interpreting Research (John Benjamins) and Educating Healthcare Interpreters (Gallaudet University Press). In addition to several book chapters, she has also published in a variety of journals including Interpreting: International Journal of Research and Practice, Translation and Interpreting Studies, Journal of Healthcare Quality, Journal of Interpreting, and International Journal of Interpreter Education. She has presented her work at numerous conferences, nationally and internationally and has served as a member of the advisory board for the National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare (NCIHC) and the CCHI (Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters). She enjoys the outdoors, travel, learning Spanish, and spending time with family.


Positions

2007 - Present Professor, American Sign Language and Interpreting, St. Catherine University ASL and Interpreting Department
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1999 - 2007 Associate Professor & Chair, ASL and Interpreting Department, St. Catherine University
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Curriculum Vitae




Grants

2017 - Present St. Catherine University, CATIE Center: Behavioral Health Interpreting Program
United States Department of Education, RSA
Role: Principal Investigator
$2,000,000
2017 - Present St. Catherine University, CATIE Center: Experiential Learning Model for Interpreter Education
United States Department of Education, RSA
Role: Principal Investigator
$4,000,000
2010 - 2016 St. Catherine University, CATIE Center: Advancing the Quality and Quantity of Interpreters through Effective Practices
Department of Education, RSA
Role: Principal investigator
$1,800,000
2005 - 2010 The College of St. Catherine: Collaborative for the Advancement of Teaching Interpreting Excellence.
United States Department of Education, RSA
Role: Principal Investigator
$1,500,000
2005 - 2007 The College of St. Catherine: Building Interpreter Capacity (Legal and Medical Interpreting).
Minnesota State Department of Human Services
Role: Principal Investigator
$42,000
2004 - 2005 Improving Access to Health Care in Greater Minnesota for Deaf Patients
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota
Role: Principal Investigator
$34,000
2003 - 2005 The College of St. Catherine: Building Interpreter Capacity (Legal and Medical Interpreting). (Laurie Swabey, PI)
Minnesota State Department of Human Services
Role: Principal Investigator
$42,000
2000 - 2005 The College of St. Catherine: Upgrading the Quality of Interpreting Services in Region V
United States Department of Education, RSA
Role: Principal Investigator
$768,055
1985 - 1990 The University of New Hampshire: Interpreter Education in New England.
United States Department of Education, RSA
Role: Principal Investigator
$650,000
1982 - 1985 The University of New Hampshire: Upgrading Interpreting in Northern New England.
United States Department of Education, RSA
Role: Principal Investigator
$250,000
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Honors and Awards

  • 2014 – CIT and RID Mary Stotler Award – received at the biennial national CIT conference in Portland, Oregon.
  • 2011 - St. Catherine University Carol Easley Denny Award (funded research project): As the world watched: A cross-linguistic analysis of interpretations of President Obama’s inauguration speech.
  • 2010 - RID Research Award (funded research project): An examination of deaf physician-deaf patient discourse: Implications for interpreting practice.
  • 2008 - St. Catherine University Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Faculty Excellence Award
  • 2008 - MRID Member of the Year Award
  • 2017 - Behavior Heath Award: Department of Education
  • 2017 - Experiential Learning Model Demonstration Center Award: Department of Education

Education

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2002 PhD, Linguistics, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
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1980 MA, Education, Lewis and Clark College
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1979 Bachelor's degree, Psychology, California State University, Northridge
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Contact Information

St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Office 651-690-6797
Video Phone 651-212-7408

Email:



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Publications (25)