Ph.D. Psychology, University of Toronto (September 2014 – Present)
M.A. Social, Personality, & Abnormal Psychology, University of Toronto (September, 2014) Supervisor: Dr. Jordan B. Peterson
B.Sc. (Honours), Psychology, University of Toronto (June 2013)
Swift, V. (2015). The narrative of mental health: The relationship between narrators and narrative content as a basis for emotional dispositions (Master’s Thesis). ProQuest.
Swift, V. (2013). Perceiving the link between Cognitive Science and Buddhism. Upaya: Undergraduate Journal of Buddhism and Psychology, 3, 45-61.
Swift, V. (2013). Enacting foolishness through procrastination. Inkblot: The Undergraduate Journal of Psychology, 2, 7-14.
The British Psychological Society Developmental and Social Section Conference 2015, Tapping into group opinions: Individual differences that predict consensus sensitivity. (Manchester, 09/09/2015)
Master Minds: Jordan Peterson & John Vervaeke discuss the Meaning of Life, Debate Moderator. (University of Toronto, 02/05/2015)
Mini Mind Matters III Conference, Conceptualizing Perception in Psychology and Buddhism. (University of Toronto, 05/04/2013)
Social/Personality Research Group Meeting: The Narrative of Mental Health: How The Types of Stories We Tell May Shape Our Emotions. (University of Toronto, (11/19/2013)
The Canadian Psychological Association's 76th Annual Convention, Developing an Narrative Based Objective Measure of Conscientiousness. (Ottawa, 06/06/2015).
Annual Psychology Department MA Poster Day, The Narrative of Mental Health. (01/26/2015)
The 2nd WPA-INA-HSRPS International Psychiatric Congress, The Narrative of Mental Health. (Athens, 11/01/2014).
The International Conference on Education and Educational Psychology 2014, Bringing Insight into the Classroom. (Kyrenia, 10/23/2014).
Toward a Science of Consciousness 2014, Refining Conceptions of Perception by Crossing the Gap between Religion and Science. (University of Arizona, 04/23/2014).
Academic Work ExperienceUndergraduate Thesis Supervisor, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson’s Lab (September 2014 – Present)
Teaching Assistant, Positive Psychology (September 2014 – Present)
Graduate Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, UTM (June 2015 – September 2015)
Teaching Assistant, Relationships (June 2015 – August 2015)
Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Social Psychology (July 2014 – September 2014)
Teaching Assistant, Personality and its Transformations (January 2014 – May 2014)
Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Social Psychology (September 2013 – December 2013)
Research Assistant, Dr. Cheryl Grady’s Aging and Neuroimaging Lab (November 2012 – May 2013)
Non-academic Work Experience
Research Director, Commanding Presence (April 2015 – Present)
Research Assistant, Commanding Presence (June 2014 – March 2015)
Research Assistant, Commanding Presence (June 2014 – November 2014)
Research Analyst, Solar Tomorrow Inc. (2010 – 2011)
Fundraising Director and Treasurer, FIN (2012 – Present)
Contributor, The Varsity: University of Toronto's Student Newspaper (2012 – Present)
Contributor, Grammateion: The St. Michael’s College Journal of The Arts (2008 – May 2013)
Event Coordinator, The Hart House Music Committee (2008 – 2011)
Community and Volunteer Activities
Entertainer, Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (2010 – Present)
Entertainer, Toronto Trek For Teens (2010 – Present)
Entertainer, Dominican Republic Education and Medical Support (2008 – 2011)
Master of Ceremonies, Hart House (2008 – 2011)
Frosh Leader, St. Michael’s College (2009 – 2010)
Actor, St. Michael’s College: One Act Plays (2008 – 2010)
Interviews and Media Relations
105.5 FM CJFB (11/10/2009)
89.5 FM CIUT (27/09/2009)
Demo Magazine (January 2009)
Fall 2014 SGS Conference Grant ($1,700.00)
Spring 2014 SGS Conference Grant ($750.00)
Second place, 2012 Buddhist Education Foundation for Canada Essay Contest (2012)
Top 100, Canadian Idol (2008)