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Scott Swartzwelder, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist and Chief Consultant providing Neuropsychological assessments at Avance Care’s Psychiatry Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
He is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center and a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. Dr. Swartzwelder is a clinical psychologist and neurobiologist who studies brain mechanisms of learning, memory and emotion as well as the effects of drugs on those processes.
Dr. Swartzwelder has published over 170 empirical scientific papers, dozens of book chapters and reviews, has written four books translating biomedical and clinical research on drug actions into lay language and given hundreds of invited public presentations of his research findings. He directed a neuropsychology consultation service at the Durham VA Medical Center and his research has been continuously funded by national agencies for over 30 years. Dr. Swartzwelder has trained more than 70 clinicians and scientists in fields related to brain and behavioral function and has created and taught several innovative college courses on brain mechanisms of memory and drug effects. He is a scientific advisor to multiple federal agencies and public education and policy organizations, and was the lead content developer for AlcoholEdu, an online alcohol education program that has been used by millions of U.S. college students. He is a member of the Research Society on Alcoholism National Advocacy and Public Education Committee and is a Principal Investigator with the national Neurobiology of Adolescent Drinking in Adulthood (NADIA) consortium.
Dr. Swartzwelder has three adult children and enjoys musical performances and martial arts.