Harry S. Swartzwelder

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and Faculty Fellow of the Center for Child and Family Policy

Scott Swartzwelder is professor of Psychiatry, and Psychology and Neuroscience and is a faculty member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. His research is focused on understanding the neuropsychology, neuropharmacology, and neurophysiology of substance abuse. He is particularly interested in adolescence as a developmental period of significance, both neurologically and psycho-socially with respect to the initiation of, and sensitivity to, drug use.

Research Interests:

  • Adolescent Substance Abuse
  • Child Development


  • Ph.D. American University - 1980

Recent Publications (More Publications)

  • Healey, KL; Kibble, S; Hodges, S; Reissner, KJ; Testen, A; Wills, TA; Acheson, SK; Siemsen, BM; McFaddin, JA; Scofield, MD; Swartzwelder, HS (2020) Enduring alterations in hippocampal astrocytesynaptic proximity following adolescent alcohol exposure: reversal by gabapentin. Neural Regeneration Research, 15, 1496-1501, [doi], [abs]
  • Straka, BC; Gaither, SE; Acheson, SK; Swartzwelder, HS (2020) “Mixed” Drinking Motivations: A Comparison of Majority, Multiracial, and Minority College Students Social Psychological and Personality Science, 11, 676-687, [doi], [abs]
  • Healey, KL; Landin, JD; Dubester, K; Kibble, S; Marquardt, K; Brutman, JN; Davis, JF; Swartzwelder, HS; Chandler, LJ (2020) Effects of ethanol on plasma ghrelin levels in the rat during early and late adolescence. Alcohol, 85, 111-118, [doi], [abs]
  • Schepis, TS; Acheson, S; Zapp, D; Swartzwelder, HS (2019) Alcohol use and consequences in matriculating US college students by prescription stimulant/opioid nonmedical misuse status. Addict Behav, 98, 106026, [doi], [abs]
  • Shofer, S; Hassinger, A; Stafford, J; Kundich, R; Mathews, A; Swartzwelder, S (Accepted, 2019) P1.16-13 Development of a Veterans Affairs Based Comprehensive Lung Cancer Survivorship Program