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James A. Swartz, PhD

Interim Associate Dean for Research and Professor

Pronouns: He/Him/His


Building & Room:

4428 ETMSW

Office Phone:

(312) 996-8560


Professional Interests:

Treatment for alcohol and other substance use disorders
Integrating behavioral and primary health care
Epidemiology of health conditions among persons with serious mental illnesses
Health and behavioral health care for LGBTQ populations
Preventing opioid overdoses and prescription drug abuse
Developing data monitoring systems for substance use and substance use-related issues

Teaching Experience:

Mental Health Policy
Program Evaluation
Introductory and Intermediate Statistics
Research Methods

Practice Experience:

Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic therapy with adults

Selected Publications

Recent Peer-Reviewed Articles

Smith, D., Begum, S., Carrington, A., Campbell, C., Taylor, S., Reinhart, C. & Swartz, J. (2022) “Adolescent cannabis use among youth in zip codes with medical dispensaries.” Cannabis.

Swartz, J., Lin, Q. & Kim, Y. (2022). “A measurement invariance analysis of selected Opioid Overdose Knowledge Scale (OOKS) items among bystanders and first responders.” PLOS ONE.

Watson, D., Swartz, J. A., Robison-Taylor, L., Mackesy-Amiti, M. E., Erwin, K., Gastala, N., Jimenez, A. D., Staton, M. D., & Messmer, S. (2021). Syringe service program-based telemedicine linkage to opioid use disorder treatment: Protocol for a randomized control trial of the STAMINA intervention. BMC Public Health, 21, 630.

Hotton, A. L., Perloff, J., Paul, J., Parker, C., Ducheny, K., Holloway, T., Johnson, A. K., Garofalo, R., Swartz, J. A., & Kuhns, L. M. (2020). Patterns of exposure to socio-structural stressors and HIV care engagement among transgender women of color. AIDS & Behavior, online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10461-020-02874-6

Swartz, J. A., & Beltran, S. J. (2019). A comparison of prescription opioid availability and opioid overdose-related mortality rates in Medicaid expansion and non-expansion states. Addiction, online publication.

Horn, K., & Swartz, J. A. (2019). A comparative analysis of lifetime medical conditions and infectious diseases by sexual identity, attraction, and concordance among women: Results from a national U. S. survey. International. Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(8), online publication. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16081399

Swartz, J. A., Ducheney, K., Holloway, T., Stokes, L., Willis, S., & Kuhns, L. M. (2019). A latent class analysis of chronic health conditions among HIV positive transgender women of color. AIDS and Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s10461-019-02543-3

Labash, A. K., & Swartz, J. A. (2018). Demographic and clinical characteristics associated with trauma exposure among Latina immigrants in primary medical care. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work. Online publication. doi: 10.1080/15313204.2018.1449691

Swartz, J. A., & McCarty-Caplan, D. (2017). A longitudinal study of the patterns of stimulant and amyl nitrite use and sexual behavior pre- and post-HIV seroconversion among MSM. Aids & Behavior. Online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10461-017-2008-y

Swartz, J. A., & Horn, K. (2017). A comparative analysis of lifetime medical conditions and infectious diseases by sexual identity, attraction, and concordance among men: Results from a national U. S. survey. Medical Research Archives, 5, 1-17.

Swartz, J. A., & Tabahi, S. (2016). Community-based mental health treatment use by jail detainees with serious mental illnesses. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Online publication. doi: 10.1080/14999013.2016.1255283

Mayer, J., Mayer, T., Stabile, B., Kane-Willis, K., Metzger, S., Neill, K. A., & Swartz, J. A. (2016). Medical system rant and response: Perspective of a substance abuse counselor. World Medical and Health Policy. Online publication. doi: 10.1002/wmh3.200

O’Grady, C., & Swartz, J. A. (2016). The effects of insurance status and medical need on community-based health care access among jail detainees with serious mental illnesses. Criminal Justice and Behavior. Online publication. doi: 10.1177/0093854816642814

Swartz, J. A. (2016). A multigroup latent class analysis of chronic medical conditions by HIV serostatus among men who have sex with men. AIDS and Behavior, 20, 2418-2432. doi: 10.1007/s10461-016-1381-2

Hirshfield, S., Downing Jr., M. J., Horvath, K. J., Swartz, J. A., & Chiasson, M. A. (2016). Adapting Andersen’s behavioral model of health service use to examine risk factors for hypertension among U.S. MSM. American Journal of Men’s Health. In press.

Swartz, J. A., & Jantz, I. (2014). The association between non-specific severe psychological distress as an indicator of serious mental illness and increasing levels of medical multimorbidity. American Journal of Public Health. Online publication. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.302165

Swartz, J. A. (2014). The relative odds of lifetime health conditions and infectious diseases among men who have sex with men compared with a matched general population sample. American Journal of Men’s Health. Online publication. doi: 10.1177/1557988314533379.

Watson, A. C., Swartz, J. A., Bohrman, C., Kriegel, L. S., & Draine, J. (2014). Understanding how police officers think about mental/emotional disturbance calls. International Journal of Law and Mental Health. Online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2014.02.005

McCarty-Caplan, D., Jantz, I., & Swartz, J. (2013). MSM and drug use: A latent class analysis of drug use and related sexual risk factors. AIDS and Behavior. Online publication. doi:10.1007/s10461-013-0622-x

Books and Book Chapters

Swartz, J. A. (2017). Randomized controlled trials in substance abuse treatment research: Fundamental aspects and new developments in random assignment strategies, comparison/control conditions, and design characteristics (pp. 43-63). In J. VanGeest, T. Johnson, & S. Alemagno (Eds.) Research methods in the study of substance abuse. New York, NY: Springer.

Swartz, J. A. (2012). Substance abuse in America: A documentary and reference guide. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Editorial Reviews

LGBT Health
BMC Public Health
Criminal Justice and Behavior
Contemporary Drug Problems
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
American Journal on Addictions
Behavior and Social Issues
American Journal of Men’s Health
Medical Care
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
AIMS Public Health
World Medical and Health Policy
Crime and Delinquency
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Special Emphasis Panels
National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review ad hoc panel reviewer.


BA, University of Notre Dame
MA, Loyola University Chicago
PhD, Northwestern University

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association
Society for Social Work Research

Research Currently in Progress

The epidemiology of opioid use, misuse, and opioid use disorders in Illinois and the U.S.
An evaluation study of enhanced naloxone distribution and training in six Illinois counties with high opioid overdose-related fatality rates
An implementation-evaluation study of buprenorphine induction at street outreach clinics