Shaina Swain

Shaina Swain (She/Her)

Research Associate


early childhood, behavioral health

Professional Biography

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.” –Henry David Thoreau 

Shaina is a research and evaluation specialist with an interest in program design, implementation and evaluation, particularly as they pertain to child, adolescent and young adult well-being. She is broadly interested in data- and research-driven solutions to health and social issues. Having previously worked in direct service, government and academia, she is happiest when sitting at the juncture between research and practice in a position that allows her to put her evaluation skills to use while directly serving her community. Since joining Butler in 2020, Shaina has put this passion and skillset to use with both the early childhood and behavioral health teams. Shaina’s experience includes working on diverse projects in the social science and public health domains, including positive youth development programs, adolescent pregnancy prevention, substance use prevention and harm reduction and state early childhood service systems evaluation. Her specialties include evaluation design, data visualization and working as a liaison between communities of practice. In addition to her educational background, she is a certified prevention specialist in Colorado, is nearing completion of a Tableau Desktop Specialist certification and holds a National D Coaching License from the U.S. Soccer Federation. Outside of the office, Shaina can be found playing soccer, cheering on Boston sports teams or exploring the great outdoors with her husband and two dogs. 


BA, Psychology with an Environmental Issues Minor - Colorado College MS, Health & Kinesiology (Sport & Exercise Psycholgoy) - Purdue University

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