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

Kuhn, C., Wilson, W.A. and Swartzwelder, H.S. Enduring effects of adolescent drug exposure. Biological Psychiatry 74(7): 480-481, 2013.

Li, Q., Fleming, R.L., Acheson, S.K., Madison, R.D., Moore, S.D., Risher, M-L., Wilson, W.A. and Swartzwelder, H.S. Long-term modulation of A-type K+ conductances in hippocampal CA1 interneurons in rats after chronic intermittent ethanol exposure during adolescence or adulthood. Alcoholism: Clin. Exp. Res. 37(12): 2074-85, 2013.

Risher, M-L., Fleming, R.L., Boutros, N., Semenova, S., Wilson, W.A., Levin, E.D., Markou, A., Swartzwelder, H.S. and Acheson, S.K. Long-term effects of chronic intermittent ethanol exposure in adolescent and adult rats: radial-arm maze performance and operant food reinforced responding. PLOS ONE 8(5): e62940 1-14, 2013.

Research Areas

Research Topics

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