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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

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Publications

Swanson, Jeffrey W., Marvin S. Swartz, Richard A. Van Dorn, Jan Volavka, John Monahan, T Scott Stroup, Joseph P. McEvoy, et al. “Comparison of antipsychotic medication effects on reducing violence in people with schizophrenia.” Br J Psychiatry 193, no. 1 (July 2008): 37–43. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.bp.107.042630.

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Swanson, Jeffrey W., Richard A. Van Dorn, Marvin S. Swartz, Alicia Smith, Eric B. Elbogen, and John Monahan. “Alternative pathways to violence in persons with schizophrenia: the role of childhood antisocial behavior problems.” Law Hum Behav 32, no. 3 (June 2008): 228–40. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10979-007-9095-7.

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Scheyett, A., M. Kim, J. Swanson, M. Swartz, E. Elbogen, R. Van Dorn, and J. Ferron. “Social workers' familiarity with psychiatric advance directives: Implications for education, practice, and research.” Families in Society 89, no. 2 (April 1, 2008): 228–36. https://doi.org/10.1606/1044-3894.3738.

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Elbogen, Eric B., Christine Wilder, Marvin S. Swartz, and Jeffrey W. Swanson. “Caregivers as money managers for adults with severe mental illness: how treatment providers can help.” Acad Psychiatry 32, no. 2 (March 2008): 104–10. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ap.32.2.104.

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Swartz, Marvin S., H Ryan Wagner, Jeffrey W. Swanson, T Scott Stroup, Joseph P. McEvoy, Fred Reimherr, Del D. Miller, et al. “The effectiveness of antipsychotic medications in patients who use or avoid illicit substances: results from the CATIE study.” Schizophr Res 100, no. 1–3 (March 2008): 39–52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.schres.2007.11.034.

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Elbogen, Eric B., Jean C. Beckham, Marian I. Butterfield, Marvin Swartz, and Jeffrey Swanson. “Assessing risk of violent behavior among veterans with severe mental illness.” J Trauma Stress 21, no. 1 (February 2008): 113–17. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.20283.

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Kim, Mimi M., Anna M. Scheyett, Eric B. Elbogen, Richard A. Van Dorn, Laura A. McDaniel, Marvin S. Swartz, Jeffrey W. Swanson, and Joelle Ferron. “Front line workers' attitudes towards psychiatric advance directives.” Community Ment Health J 44, no. 1 (February 2008): 28–46. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-007-9104-9.

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Swanson, Jeffrey W. “Preventing the unpredicted: managing violence risk in mental health care.” Psychiatr Serv 59, no. 2 (February 2008): 191–93. https://doi.org/10.1176/ps.2008.59.2.191.

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Henderson, Claire, Jeffrey W. Swanson, George Szmukler, Graham Thornicroft, and Martin Zinkler. “A typology of advance statements in mental health care.” Psychiatr Serv 59, no. 1 (January 2008): 63–71. https://doi.org/10.1176/ps.2008.59.1.63.

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Swanson, Jeffrey W., Marvin S. Swartz, Eric B. Elbogen, Richard A. VAN Dorn, H Ryan Wagner, Lorna A. Moser, Christine Wilder, and Allison R. Gilbert. “Psychiatric advance directives and reduction of coercive crisis interventions.” J Ment Health 17, no. 3 (January 1, 2008): 255–67. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638230802052195.

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