Core Duke Faculty

Services Effectiveness Research Program (SERP)

Core Duke Faculty

Jeffrey Swanson, Ph.D.Jeffrey Swanson, Ph.D.

Training Program Associate Director
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine

Jeffrey Swanson is Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. He earned a PhD in sociology from Yale University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in mental health services research at Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Swanson is the author or coauthor of over 200 publications focused on the epidemiology of violence and serious mental illnesses; effectiveness of community-based interventions and services for adults with schizophrenia and other serious psychiatric disorders; laws and policies to reduce firearms violence; involuntary outpatient commitment; and psychiatric advance directives. Dr. Swanson is currently Co-Director of the NIMH-funded UNC-Chapel Hill/Duke Postdoctoral Training Program in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and Systems Research. He is principal investigator of a multi-state study on firearms laws, mental illness and prevention of violence, co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Program on Public Health Law Research (PHLR), and the Brain and Behavior Foundation.

Contact Information:
(919) 682-4827

Allison Gilbert Robertson, Ph.D., MPHAllison Gilbert Robertson, Ph.D., MPH

Training Program Associate Director
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Assistant Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke

Dr. Robertson’s research interests include mental health and substance abuse services and policy; links between mental illness, substance abuse and criminal justice involvement; effectiveness of criminal diversion and prison re-entry programs for adults with serious mental illness; and other legal and policy mechanism as mental health interventions.

Contact Information:
(919) 682-8394

Barbara J. Burns, Ph.D.Barbara J. Burns, Ph.D.

Professor of Medical Psychology, Duke

Barbara J. Burns, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of the Services Effectiveness Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Burns is a nationally recognized mental health services researcher. She has co-authored over 250 publications and was the lead author for the review of effective treatment for mental disorders in children and adolescents for the 1999 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health.  She had a key role in evaluating SAMHSA-supported Systems of Care. Her research career emerged from clinical practice in an integrated health/mental health center. At the National Institute of Mental Health, she directed research focused on mental health services from primary care to tertiary care. Dr. Burns’ current primary interests are innovative community-based services and implementation of evidence-based treatment for youth and families.

Contact Information:
(919) 687-4676

Marvin Swartz, M.D. Marvin Swartz, M.D.

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke
Head, Division of Social and Community Psychiatry

My major research interest lies 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 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.
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.

Contact Information:
(919) 684-8676