Faculty Profile

Dr. Arthur John Swanson, Ph.D.

Arthur John Swanson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Research: Medical, Mental Health and Counseling approaches to substance abuse treatment.

Professional Interests

Arthur J. Swanson, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, has been at Montefiore Medical Center since 2001. 

He is presently the Administrative Director of SATP Units I and III (two opioid treatment programs totaling 1050 patients) and the New Directions Recovery Center, a 70 patient chemical dependency program; the three programs served by a total of approximately 80 staff.   Dr. Swanson is responsible for the clinical and administrative functioning of all these programs providing substance abuse treatment integrated with on-site primary care and mental health services.   They are all certified by OASAS and The Joint Commission.     

Previously, Dr. Swanson was the Program Director of an HRA funded welfare-to-work program for individuals with substance use disorders.  Among HRA CSM programs, Dr. Swanson’s had the highest employment rates in New York City and the program was the subject of several national studies examining the effectiveness of case management. 

Prior to coming to Montefiore, Dr. Swanson was Chief Psychologist for St. Barnabas Hospital in inpatient psychiatry and at Riker’s Island, publishing articles in motivational interviewing, jail-based therapeutic communities, and the K.E.E.P. methadone treatment program.  His K.E.E.P article was cited on the first page of the New York Times on August 7, 2017.  Dr. Swanson’s examination of motivational interviewing was one of the first randomized trials of its kind and is still being cited in the field. 

Dr. Swanson, Ph.D., received his B.A. with Honors from Duke University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Missouri, Columbia on a USPH Fellowship.  His psychology internship was at Rutgers Medical School in Clinical and Community Psychology.  Dr. Swanson has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 1983.



Selected Publications

Burgess, J. D., Swanson, A.J. & Fallon, B.,  “Therapeutic community services: A jail-based substance abuse treatment program at Rikers Island.”  American Jails, 1999, July/August, 25-30.

Gabel, S., Swanson, A.J., & Shindeldecker, R. “Aggressive children in a day treatment program: Changed outcome and possible explanations.” Child Abuse and Neglect, 1990, 14, 515-523.

Gabel, S., Swanson, A.J., & Shindeldecker, R.  “Outcome in children’s day treatment: relationship to preadmission variables.” International Journal of Partial Hospitalization, 1990, 6, No. 2, 129-137.

Kymissis, P., Christenson, E., Swanson, A.J., & Orlowski, B.  “Group treatment of adolescent inpatients: a pilot study using a structured therapy approach.”  Journal of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy, 1996, 6, No. 1, 45-52.

Pantalon, M.V., Murphy M.K., Barry, D.A., Lavery, M. & Swanson, A.J..  "Predictors and moderators of aftercare appointment-keeping following brief motivational interviewing among patients with psychiatric disorders or dual diagnosis" Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 2014, 10:1, 44-51. . 

Pantalon, M.V., & Swanson, A.J.  "Readiness to change and treatment adherence among psychiatric and dually-diagnosed inpatients".  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 17, 91-97, 2003.

Schwartz, B., Wetzler, S., Swanson, A. & Sung, S.  “Subtyping of substance use disorders in a high-risk welfare-to-work sample: a latent class analysis.” Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment , 2010 (38), 366-374.

Schaefer, C.E. & Swanson, A.J. (Eds.) Children in Residential Care: Critical Issues in Treatment, New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, Co., Inc. 1988.

Swanson, A.J.  “Using games to improve self –control deficits in children.”  In C.E Schaefer & S.E. Reid (Eds.)  Game Play: Therapeutic Use of Childhood Games.  New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1986.

Swanson, A.J.  Group therapy with children: Indications and treatment contexts.”  In D.A. Halperin and P. Kymissis.  Handbook of Group Therapy with Children and Adolescents, Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press, Inc., 1995.

Swanson, A.J., Pantalon, M.V., & Cohen, K.  “Motivational interviewing and treatment adherence among psychiatric and dually diagnosed patients.” The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 1999, 187, No. 10, 630-635.

Swanson, A.J. & Richard, B.A. “Discipline and child behavior management in group care.” In C.E. Schaefer & A.J. Swanson (Eds.) Children in Residential Care: Critical Issues in Treatment, New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, Co., Inc. 1988.

Swanson, A.J. & Schaefer, C.E.  “Helping children deal with separation and loss in residential placement.” In C.E. Schaefer & A.J. Swanson (Eds.) Children in Residential Care: Critical Issues in Treatment, New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, Co., Inc. 1988.

Tomasino, V., Swanson, A.J., Nolan, J.,  & Shuman H.I.  “The Key Extended Entry Program: A methadone treatment program for opiate dependent inmates.” Mt. Sinai Journal of Medicine, January 2001, 68, No. 1, 14 –20.

Wetzler, S., Schwartz, B., Swanson, A. & Cahill, R.  “Substance use disorders and employability among welfare recipients.” Substance Use and Misuse, 2010 (45), 2095-2112.

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