Jeffrey Swanson, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Swanson, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Director, Division of Social and Community Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Duke University School of Medicine

Presentation:  Preventing Gun Violence and Suicide at the Intersection with Mental Illness: A Public Health Law Perspective


Jeffrey Swanson is Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. He holds a PhD in sociology from Yale University. Dr. Swanson’s current research is focused on building evidence for policies and laws to prevent firearm-related violence and suicide, and to improve outcomes for adults with serious mental illnesses in the community. He received the 2011 Carl Taube Award from the American Public Health Association for outstanding career contributions to mental health services research. Dr. Swanson has discussed his research on numerous national TV appearances including CNN, the PBS News Hour, MSNBC, CBS News, and Bloomberg News, and his research has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine, The New Yorker and other national news outlets. He is principal investigator of a multi-state study on firearms laws, mental illness and prevention of gun violence, co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Brain and Behavior Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Program on Public Health Law Research (PHLR). Dr. Swanson served as a member of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mandated Community Treatment. He frequently serves as a consultant to public policymakers at the state and national levels.

Disclosure: Dr. Swanson has no relevant financial relationship(s), potential or perceived, with commercial or conflicts of interest to disclose.