Services Effectiveness Research Program (SERP)

Duke University School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Staff Directory

Marvin Swartz, M.D.

Professor and Director, Division of Social and Community Psychiatrys

Phone 919-684-8676 or 919-684-5616
Fax 919-681-7504
CV or Webpage CV, Webpage
Mailing Address DUMC 3173, Durham, NC 27710


1968-72 Harvard College, Cambridge, MA. A.B., cum laude (Social Relations).
1973-75 Harvard College, Cambridge, MA. Special graduate studies, (pre-medical).
1976-80 Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA. M.D.
1980-81 Intern, University of Hawaii Integrated Flexible Program, Honolulu, Hawaii.
1981-84 Resident, Department of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.
1986-91 Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC. Course work for Masters in Health Science (Biometry)

Research Interests:

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 and antipsychotic medications.

I also serve 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 serve 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 serve 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.

Research Projects:


Swartz MS, Swanson JW, Hannon MJ, Bosworth HS, Osher FC, Essock SM, Rosenberg SD. Blood-borne infections and persons with mental illness: regular sources of medical care among persons with severe mental illness at risk of hepatitis C infection. Psychiatr Serv. 2003 Jun;54(6):854-9.   Abstract

Swartz MS, Swanson JW, Hannon MJ. Detection of illicit substance use among persons with schizophrenia by radioimmunoassay of hair. Psychiatr Serv. 2003 Jun;54(6):891-5.   Abstract

Swartz MS, Swanson JW, Wagner HR, Hannon MJ, Burns BJ, Shumway M. Assessment of four stakeholder groups' preferences concerning outpatient commitment for persons with schizophrenia. Am J Psychiatry. 2003 Jun;160(6):1139-46.   Abstract

Swanson JW, Swartz MS, Essock SM, Osher FC, Wagner HR, Goodman LA, Rosenberg SD, Meador KG. The social-environmental context of violent behavior in persons treated for severe mental illness. Am J Public Health. 2002 Sep;92(9):1523-31.   Abstract

Swartz MS, Wagner HR, Swanson JW, Hiday VA, Burns BJ. The perceived coerciveness of involuntary outpatient commitment: findings from an experimental study. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2002;30(2):207-17.   Abstract