Dr. Mari K. Swingle (AKA Dr. Mari)

Mari K. Swingle, PhD, is a BCIA Board-Certified Neurotherapist (2000), BCIA Fellow (2010), Senior Fellow (2017), AAPB Fellow 2020. She has Level Two Certification in EMDR, EFT, Level One Craniosacral Therapy, and practices under both RCC and R. Psych designation.  She is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of BC. Dr. Mari speaks regularly on the topic of technology, societal shifts, and mental health. She is also the Author of i-Minds: How Cell Phones, Computers, Gaming and Social Media are Changing Our Brains, Our Behavior, and the Evolution of Our Species. –And i-Minds 2.0 (Second Edition): How and Why Constant Connectivity is Rewiring Our Brains and What to Do About it (available April 2019).

Dr. Mari K. Swingle, or Dr. Mari as she tends to be referred to, has extensive experience from both the worlds of Education and Clinical Psychology. Prior to the founding of Swingle Clinic (1997), Dr. Mari worked extensively in Curriculum Development, Language Acquisition, and the exploration of learning modalities to enhance accelerated as well as remedial learning. In the early 2000’s Dr. Mari crossed over fully to clinical work, focusing on the role of neurophysiology in learning, generalized well-being and mental health. Currently Dr. Mari works with a wide range of neurophysiological ailments; her specialties lie in Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder(s), Addiction and non-clinical Peak Performance. She is further well known for her work with children and families experiencing behavioral and learning difficulties including but not limited to, Defiance and Conduct Disorders, ADHD, Dyslexia, Processing, Written Output, Speech and Auditory Disorders.

Dr. Mari also works with the dynamics that frequently arise in families with a child experiencing Learning and/or Behavioral Challenges including Parental Fatigue, Depression, Anxiety, Addictions, and Couple/Parental Dynamics. This includes Family Counseling and Couples Therapy.

About the turn of the millennium, Dr. Mari started noting an emergent trend of what she now terms i-interference; wherein a growing number of her clients’ performance appeared to be affected by excessive usage of screen based technologies. Eyes wide open, she also started noting accompanying generalized shifts in society and social behavior due to the same. This sparked a curiosity that could not be put out.

Dr. Mari is now recognized as a known expert on the effects of i-technology (screen based devices) on the brain and behavior. In interviews, she has been referred to as the ‘Dear Abby’ of i-tech for her extensive practical knowledge. You will find over 20 years of observation, research and practice explored in her new book i-Minds (New Society Press) for which she has received numerous accolades (see reviews here) as well as a 2015 Federation of Associations in Brain and Behavioral Sciences Foundation (FABBS) Early Career Impact Award for exceptional work in the first 10 years post PhD, and the research presented in i-Minds.

“The FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award honors scientists who have made major research contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior within ten years of completing their post-doctoral position and have increased awareness of their research through media and public outreach”
– More About FABBS

What you may not know about Dr. Mari: a multifaceted life

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