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Jeffrey W. Swanson, MA, PhD

Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Division: 
Child & Family Mental Health & Community Psychiatry
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Office: Brightleaf Sq Ste 23A, 905 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701
Campus Mail: DUMC Box 3071 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710

Jeffrey Swanson is Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. He is a faculty affiliate of the Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law School, the Center for Firearms Law at Duke Law School, and the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke Sanford School of Public Policy. Swanson holds a PhD in sociology from Yale University. He is a social scientist researcher who collaborates across disciplines to build evidence for interventions, policies and laws to improve outcomes for adults with serious mental illnesses in the community, and to reduce firearm-related violence and suicide. He is an author of over 240 publications on subjects including the social environmental context of violence in mental illness, implementation of state firearm restrictions related to mental health adjudications, effectiveness of involuntary outpatient commitment, and psychiatric advance directives. Swanson lead the research group that published the first empirical evaluations of risk-based, temporary firearm removal laws in Indiana and Connecticut, precursors to Extreme Risk Protection Order laws that were later adopted in many states. He received the 2020 Isaac Ray Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law for outstanding contributions to the psychiatric aspects of jurisprudence. He received the 2011 Carl Taube Award from the American Public Health Association for outstanding contributions to mental health services research. Swanson serves on the Executive Steering Committee of the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy. He previously served as a member of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mandated Community Treatment and the Methods Core of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Research Program. He has delivered numerous endowed lectures including the P. Browning Hoffman Memorial Lecture in Law and Psychiatry at the University of Virginia School of Law; the Raymond W. Waggoner Lecture on Ethics and Values in Medicine at the University of Michigan; the Paul Mendelsohn, MD, Memorial Lecture in Psychiatry and the Law at the Tufts School of Medicine; the Sherwood B. Winslow, MD, Distinguished Lecture at the Battle Creek Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan; and the L. Douglas Lenkoski, MD, Lecture in Community Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Swanson frequently comments on gun violence in the national media and serves as a consultant to policymakers at the federal and state levels.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Yale University, 1985
  • M.A., Yale University, 1980

In the News

Selected Grants

Publications

Burris, Scott, Alexander C. Wagenaar, Jeffrey Swanson, Jennifer K. Ibrahim, Jennifer Wood, and Michelle M. Mello. “Making the case for laws that improve health: a framework for public health law research.” Milbank Q 88, no. 2 (June 2010): 169–210. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0009.2010.00595.x.

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Swanson, Jeffrey. “What would Mary Douglas do? A commentary on Kahan et al., "Cultural cognition and public policy: the case of outpatient commitment laws".” Law Hum Behav 34, no. 3 (June 2010): 176–85. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10979-009-9184-x.

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Wilder, Christine M., Eric B. Elbogen, Lorna L. Moser, Jeffrey W. Swanson, and Marvin S. Swartz. “Medication preferences and adherence among individuals with severe mental illness and psychiatric advance directives.” Psychiatr Serv 61, no. 4 (April 2010): 380–85. https://doi.org/10.1176/ps.2010.61.4.380.

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Van Dorn, Richard A., Anna Scheyett, Jeffrey W. Swanson, and Marvin S. Swartz. “Psychiatric advance directives and social workers: an integrative review.” Soc Work 55, no. 2 (April 2010): 157–67. https://doi.org/10.1093/sw/55.2.157.

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Swanson, J., and R. Van Dorn. “Violence in schizophrenia: Prevalence, correlates, and treatment effectiveness.” In Antipsychotic Trials in Schizophrenia: The CATIE Project, 207–36, 2010. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511712265.013.

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Van Dorn, Richard A., Jeffrey W. Swanson, and Marvin S. Swartz. “Preferences for psychiatric advance directives among Latinos: views on advance care planning for mental health.” Psychiatr Serv 60, no. 10 (October 2009): 1383–85. https://doi.org/10.1176/ps.2009.60.10.1383.

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Scheyett, A., M. Kim, J. Swanson, M. Swartz, E. Elbogen, R. Van Dorn, and J. Ferron. “Autonomy and the use of directive intervention in the treatment of individuals with serious mental illnesses: A survey of social work practitioners.” Social Work in Mental Health 7, no. 4 (July 1, 2009): 283–306. https://doi.org/10.1080/15332980802051979.

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Swanson, Jeffrey, Marvin Swartz, Richard A. Van Dorn, John Monahan, Thomas G. McGuire, Henry J. Steadman, and Pamela Clark Robbins. “Racial disparities in involuntary outpatient commitment: are they real?” Health Aff (Millwood) 28, no. 3 (May 2009): 816–26. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.28.3.816.

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Van Dorn, Richard A., Jeffrey W. Swanson, Marvin S. Swartz, Eric Elbogen, and Joelle Ferron. “Reducing barriers to completing psychiatric advance directives.” Adm Policy Ment Health 35, no. 6 (November 2008): 440–48. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-008-0187-6.

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Wolford, George, Stanley D. Rosenberg, Harriet J. Rosenberg, Marvin S. Swartz, Marian I. Butterfield, Jeffrey W. Swanson, and M Kay Jankowski. “A clinical trial comparing interviewer and computer-assisted assessment among clients with severe mental illness.” Psychiatr Serv 59, no. 7 (July 2008): 769–75. https://doi.org/10.1176/ps.2008.59.7.769.

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