Col. Sweeney is currently serving as the Deputy Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership as well as Director of the Eisenhower Leader Development Program at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.
He is responsible for assisting in the oversight of the Psychology, Sociology, Leadership, and Management programs at West Point and directing a graduate program in Organizational Psychology administered jointly with Columbia University.
He is a Colonel with over twenty-six years of military service. He served in tactical assignments worldwide, commanded 3rd Battalion, 320 Field Artillery, 101st Airborne Division, and served with the 101st during Operation Iraqi Freedom I.
Col. Sweeney holds a Ph.D. and Master of Arts in Social Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master in Military Arts and Science from the US Army Command General Staff College. His research interests center on leader and leadership development for dangerous contexts. Current research projects include longitudinal studies exploring: trust and cohesion development, posttraumatic growth, and leadership in dangerous contexts.