Dr. Mari Swingle

Fostering Health & Happiness in the Digital Age


  • Practicing Therapist

  • Clinical researcher

  • Public Speaker

  • Published Author

  • Practice in Vancouver, Canada


  • PhD Psychology

  • Masters Degree in Psychology 

  • Master Degree in Education

  • Bachelor Degree in Visual Arts

Dr. Mari Swingle was a keynote speaker for Health at the Childhood Summit 2019 event with,

Back to Nature - The Other Side of the Techno Eclipse.



Dr. Mari is a practicing therapist, clinical researcher, public speaker and the author of i-Minds: How Cell Phones, Computers, Gaming and Social Media are Changing Our Brains, Our Behaviour, and the Evolution of Our Species. She is a winner of a 2015 Federation of Associations in Brain and Behavioural Sciences Foundation (FABBS) Early Career Impact Award ‘for her major research contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behaviour and for increasing awareness of research through media and public outreach’. She speaks locally and internationally to professional and public audiences alike on the topic of the brain, technology, societal shifts, and mental health. In interviews, she has been referred to as the ‘Dear Abby’ of the digital era for her extensive practical knowledge and her unique ability to clearly communicate otherwise esoteric scientific information. She holds a PhD & MA in Psychology, MA in Education, and BA in Visual Arts and practices out of Vancouver, Canada.


In her research Dr. Swingle extensively explores how we have embraced and assimilated technologies into all aspects of our lives without fully understanding their effects on our culture and our persons. She examines screen-based technology’s effects on attention, creativity and innovative process, personality alteration, mental & physical health and development.  In the realm of mental health she studies associations of excessive or inappropriate screen usage with hyper arousal, altered attachment, anxiety, depression, insomnia, emotional deregulation, sexual dysfunction, addiction and the obsessive-compulsive spectrum.

A particular concern, and emphasis of her work, regards the emergent effects of screen-based technology on children, the developing brain, and how technology is slowly but surely eclipsing our relationships with both the physical world (nature) and each other.  In her lectures she speaks to both the state of where we are and how we got here.  Equally important she opens dialogue on where we want to be in the future vis-à-vis our relationships with nature (AKA the physical world) and technology, what we can do as individuals and community to reintroduce balance; and how to ensure we remain masters not servants of the technologies we bequeath future generations.

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Back to Nature - The Other Side of the Techno Eclipse

Keynote Synopsis for the Childhood Summit 2019 Event 

Screen use is slowly but surely eclipsing our relationships with both the physical world (nature) and each other.  No where is this more evident than in children. In this pivotal lecture, Dr. Mari Swingle will explore the effects of screen-based technologies on the developing brain, behavior and the evolution of our species. –And the related  imperatives of children maintaining a relationship with nature not only for ourselves but for the health of the planet. Her explicit concern is our assimilation of technologies in parenting, education and play long before we understand their effects on our mental and physical health, socialisation and development. 

To this end, she will examine the emergent state of science and the evidence of social, emotional and cognitive alteration in infants through adolescents. She will also explore and challenge the counter argument promoting the early use of technology. Her mission: Informed choice. To help us remain masters not servants to the technologies we bequeath generations to follow.