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Marvin Stanley Swartz, MD

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Division: 
Child & Family Mental Health & Community Psychiatry
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Office: 238 Civitan Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Campus Mail: DUMC Box 3173 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710

My major research interest is in examining the effectiveness of services for severely mentally ill individuals, including factors that improve or impede good outcomes. Current research includes: the effectiveness of involuntary outpatient commitment, psychiatric advance directives, criminal justice outcomes for persons with mental illnesses, violence and mental illness and antipsychotic medications.

I also served as member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mandated Community Treatment. In this and related work we are examining the role legal tools such as Psychiatric Advance Directives may play in improving outcomes for persons with severe mental illness. In this regard, I served as Co-PI with Jeffrey Swanson of a NIMH study examining the effectiveness of Psychiatric Advance Directives and a MacArthur Foundation grant supporting their dissemination. We are also evaluating New York's Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program (Kendra's Law) and estimating the cost of criminal justice involvement in severely mentally ill individuals.

I am also involved in clinical trials in schizophrenia and served as Co-PI of the NIMH funded Clinical Antipsychotics Trials of Intervention Effectiveness study investigating the role of antipsychotics in treatment outcomes in schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Education and Training

  • M.D., Tufts University, 1980

Selected Grants

Publications

Copeland, William E., Guangyu Tong, Elizabeth J. Gifford, Michele M. Easter, Lilly Shanahan, Marvin S. Swartz, and Jeffrey W. Swanson. “Childhood Gun Access, Adult Suicidality, and Crime.” Pediatrics 148, no. 2 (August 2021). https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2020-042291.

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Belden, Charles M., Allison R. Gilbert, Michele M. Easter, Marvin S. Swartz, and Jeffrey W. Swanson. “Appropriateness of psychiatric advance directives facilitated by peer support specialists and clinicians on Assertive Community Treatment teams.” J Ment Health, July 16, 2021, 1–7. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638237.2021.1952946.

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Easter, Michele M., Jeffrey W. Swanson, William E. Crozier, Allison G. Robertson, Brandon L. Garrett, Karima Modjadidi, and Marvin S. Swartz. “North Carolina Specialty Courts, Treatment Access, and the Substance Use Crisis: A Promising but Underfunded Model.” Psychiatr Serv, June 18, 2021, appips202000868. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.202000868.

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Swartz, Marvin S., Andrew D. Carlo, and Amy Brinkley. “Using Medicaid Coverage to Improve Peer Support and Other Services for Incarcerated Persons With Mental Illness.” Psychiatr Serv 72, no. 6 (June 2021): 621–22. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.72602.

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Balasuriya, Lilanthi, Shea Jorgensen, and Marvin S. Swartz. “Prevention in the Era of COVID-19 and the Role of Behavioral Health Care Teams.” Psychiatr Serv 72, no. 4 (April 1, 2021): 369. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.72401.

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Swartz, Marvin S., Jeffrey W. Swanson, Michele M. Easter, and Allison G. Robertson. “Implementing Psychiatric Advance Directives: The Transmitter and Receiver Problem and the Neglected Right to Be Deemed Incapable.” Psychiatr Serv 72, no. 2 (February 1, 2021): 219–21. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.202000659.

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Goldman, Matthew L., Lilanthi Balasuriya, and Marvin S. Swartz. “Patients' Civil Liberties: Improving Policies While Keeping the Patient at the Center.” Psychiatr Serv 72, no. 1 (January 1, 2021): 1–2. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.72103.

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Swanson, Jeffrey W., Guangyu Tong, Allison G. Robertson, and Marvin S. Swartz. “Gun-Related and Other Violent Crime After Involuntary Commitment and Short-Term Emergency Holds.” J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 48, no. 4 (December 2020): 454–67. https://doi.org/10.29158/JAAPL.200082-20.

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Swartz, Marvin S. “The Urgency of Racial Justice and Reducing Law Enforcement Involvement in Involuntary Civil Commitment.” Psychiatr Serv 71, no. 12 (December 1, 2020): 1211. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.711202.

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Goldman, Matthew L., Benjamin G. Druss, Marcela Horvitz-Lennon, Grayson S. Norquist, Kristin Kroeger Ptakowski, Amy Brinkley, Miranda Greiner, et al. “Mental Health Policy in the Era of COVID-19.” Psychiatr Serv 71, no. 11 (November 1, 2020): 1158–62. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.202000219.

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