Services Effectiveness Research Program (SERP)

Duke University School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Staff Directory

Allison G. Robertson, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Phone 919-682-8394
Fax 919-682-1907
CV or Biosketch CV


Training and Education

2009-2012 Postdoctoral traineeship, UNC-Chapel Hill/Duke Postdoctoral Training Program in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and Systems Research

2009-Ph.D., Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2002-M.P.H., Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan

1993-B.A., Sociology, University of California at Los Angeles

Research Interest:

I am broadly interested in utilization, effectiveness, and implementation of evidence-based approaches to treating mental health and substance abuse disorders and how these interventions affect various consumer outcomes, ranging from clinical symptoms to labor force participation to quality of life. I am particularly interested in topics surrounding criminal justice involvement among people with serious mental illness and often co-occurring substance abuse, including legal and treatment approaches that aim to divert them from the CJ system and instead divert into community-based care, and the implementation of evidence-based practices in treating this population with very complex risks and needs.   

Research Projects:

Current research projects include:  (1) The effects of brief incarcerations on jail diversion outcomes for people with serious mental illness; (2) Implementation of psychiatric advance directives in usual care; and (3) Firearms laws, mental disorder, and violence.   

Publications (most published under maiden name, AR Gilbert):

Swanson JW, Frisman LK, Robertson AG, Lin HJ, Trestman, Shelton DA, Parr KE, Rodis E, Buchanan A, Swartz MS. Costs of Criminal Justice Involvement among Persons with Serious Mental Illness in Connecticut. Psychiatr Serv. 2013;Mar 15. doi: 10.1176/ [Epub ahead of print]

Swanson JW, Gilbert AR. Mental illness and firearm violence. Letter to the Editor. JAMA. 2011 Sept;306(9):930.

Gilbert AR, Domino ME, Morrissey JP, Gaynes BN. Differential treatment effects associated with trauma-informed integrated counseling for women with co-occurring disorders. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2012;39(6):426-39.

Gilbert AR, Morrissey JP, Domino ME. Service utilization patterns as predictors of response to trauma-informed integrated treatment for women with co-occurring disorders. J Dual Diagn 2011 7(3):117-129.  

Gilbert AR, Moser LL, Van Dorn, RA, Swanson JW, Wilder CM, Robbins PC, Keator KJ, Steadman HJ, Swartz, MS. Reductions in arrest under assisted outpatient treatment in New York. Psychiatr Serv. 2010 Oct;61(10):996-9.

Swanson JW, Van Dorn RA, Swartz MS, Cislo AM, Wilder CM, Moser LL, Gilbert AR, McGuire TG. Robbing Peter to pay Paul: did New York State’s outpatient commitment program crowd out voluntary service recipients? Psychiatr Serv. 2010 Oct;61(10):988-95.

Swartz MS, Wilder CM, Swanson JW, Van Dorn RA, Robbins PC, Steadman HJ, Moser LL, Gilbert AR, Monahan J. Assessing outcomes for consumers in New York’s assisted outpatient treatment program. Psychiatr Serv. 2010 Oct;61(10):976-81.

Van Dorn RA, Swanson JW, Swartz MS, Wilder CM, Moser LL, Gilbert AR, Cislo AM, Robbins PC, Steadman HJ. Continuing medication and hospitalization outcomes after assisted outpatient treatment in New York. Psychiatr Serv. 2010 Oct;61(10):982–987.

Close K, Rozier R, Zeldin L, Gilbert A. Barriers to adoption and implementation of preventive dental services in primary medical practices. Pediatrics. 2010 Mar;125(3):509-17.  

Swanson JW, Swartz, MS, Elbogen EB, Van Dorn RA, Wagner HR, Moser LA, Wilder C, Gilbert AR. Psychiatric advance directives and reduction of coercive crisis interventions. J Ment Health. 2008;17(3): 255-267.

Cornuz J, Gilbert A, Pinget C, McDonald P, Slama K, Salto E, and Paccaud F. Cost-effectiveness of pharmacotherapies for nicotine dependence in primary care settings: a multinational comparison. Tob Control. 2006 Jun;15(3):152-9.

Gilbert A, Pinget C, Bovet P, Cornuz J, Shamlaye C, Paccaud F. The cost-effectiveness of pharmacological smoking cessation therapies in developing countries: a case study in the Seychelles. Tob Control. 2004;13:190–195.

Cornuz J, Pinget C, Gilbert A, Paccaud F. Cost-effectiveness analysis of the first-line therapies for nicotine dependence. Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 2003;59:201-206.

Book chapters

Swanson JW, Robertson AG, Frisman LK, Norko MA, Lin Hsiu-Ju, Swartz MS, Cook PJ (2013). In Webster D and Vernick J, eds. Preventing gun violence involving people with serious mental illness. Reducing Gun Violence in America. Webster DW and Vernick JS, Eds. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Reports and commissioned papers

Wood J, Swanson J, Burris S, Gilbert A. Police interventions with persons with mental illness: A critical review of global thinking and practice. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Center for Behavioral Health Services & Criminal Justice Research. March, 2011.