Scott Swartzwelder, Ph.D.

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Phone: 919-971-0964

Building 15
VA Medical Center
Durham, N.C. 27705

Email: hss AT duke DOT edu


Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine

DIBS Faculty

Research Description

Our lab is focused on understanding the neuropsychology, neuropharmacology, and neurophysiology of substance abuse. We are 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. We use single-cell neurophysiology, network neurophysiology, animal behavior, and human studies to address these issues.


Residency, Durham VA Medical Center, Clinical Psychology, 1989-1990

Clinical Psychology Training, Duke University, 1987-1989

Postdoctoral Fellow, UNC School of Medicine, Pharmacology, 1980-1982

Ph.D., The American University, Biopsychology, 1980

M.A., Loyola College, Psychology, 1977

B.S., Towson State University, Psychology and Philosophy, 1976

Recent Publications

Swartzwelder, H.S., Hogan, A., Risher, M-L., Swartzwelder, R.A., Wilson, W.A. and Acheson, S.K. Effect of sub-chronic intermittent ethanol exposure on spatial learning and ethanol sensitivity in adolescent and adult rats. Alcohol 48(4): 353-360, 2014.

Centanni, S.W., Teppen, T., Risher, M-L., Fleming, R.L., Moss, J.L., Acheson, S.K., Mulholland, P.J., Pandey, S.C., Chandler, L.J. and Swartzwelder, H.S. Adolescent alcohol exposure alters GABAA receptor subunit expression in adult hippocampus. Alcoholism: Clin. Exp. Res. 38(11): 2800-2808, 2014.

Risher, M.L., Fleming, R.L., Risher, W.C., Miller, K.M., Klein, R.C., Wills, T.A., Acheson, S.K., Moore, S.D., Wilson, W.A., Eroglu, C. and Swartzwelder, H.S. Adolescent Intermittent Alcohol Exposure: Persistence of Structural and Functional Hippocampal Abnormalities into Adulthood. Alcoholism: Clin. Exp. Res. 39 (6): 2015.

Research Areas

Research Topics

  • Cellular Neurophysiology
  • Neural Mechanisms of Drug Effects and Addiction
  • Neural Mechanisms of Learning and Memory