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James A. Swartz

Associate Professor
PhD, Northwestern University

E-mail jaswartz@uic.edu
Phone: (312) 996-8560
Room 4428, ETMSW 

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James Swartz

Professional Interests 

  • Co-occurring health, substance use, and psychiatric disorders
  • Co-occurring conditions among criminal justice and LGBT populations
  • Screening and Diagnosis of Psychiatric Disorders
  • eTherapy for Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Developing Screening and Assessment Instruments
  • Mental Health Policy
  • Program Evaluation
  • Advanced Statistical Analysis and Latent Variable Modeling
  • Rasch Modeling



  • Research Methods
  • Mental Health Policy
  • Program Evaluation
  • Basic Statistics
  • Regression Analysis


Practice Experience

  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Group and Family Therapy

Selected Recent Publications

Swartz, J. A., Gao, W., Pickett, J. (2011). A multiple group analysis of the pattern of substance use among men who have sex with men and its relationship to HIV status and risk behavior. Manuscript in preparation.

Swartz, J. A. (2011). Chronic medical conditions among male and female detainees in residential psychiatric treatment: A latent class analysis. Journal of Urban Health. epub.

Swartz, J. A., Alaimo, C. J., & Kiriazes, J. E. (2011). Chronic medical conditions among jail detainees in residential psychiatric treatment. Criminal Justice and Behavior. 38(4), 354-374.

Swartz, J. A. (2010). A study of co-occurring health conditions and treatment coordination for adult jail detainees in residential psychiatric treatment. Final report submitted to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. Chicago, IL: Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.

Swartz, J. A. Grabczynski, G., & Reed, M. (2009). An evaluation of the CHA substance abuse referral and assessment program: Final report. Chicago, IL: Chicago Housing Authority.

Swartz, J. A. (2009). Implementation and process evaluation findings: Redeploy Illinois in Lee and Kankakee Counties. University Park, IL: Redeploy Illinois Advisory Board.

Swartz, J. A., & Widmar, E. K. (2008). Co-occurring medical conditions among jail detainees with psychiatric and substance use disorders: Preliminary findings. Offender Substance Abuse Report, VII(1), 5-10.

Swartz, J. A. (2008). Using the K6 scale to screen for serious mental illnesses among criminal justice populations: Do psychiatric treatment indicators improve detection rates? International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 6(1), 93-104.

Swartz, J. A., Berkey, B., Gratzer, B., Koehlinger, S., Merrell, J., Reid, C., & Sharp, M. (2008). Chicago crystal prevention needs assessment report. Chicago, IL: Chicago Department of Public Health.

Book Articles in Progress

Swartz, J. A. (2012). Substance Abuse in America: A Documentary and Reference Guide. Santa Monica, CA: ABC-CLIO. In press.

Swartz, J. A., O'Brien, P., & Lurigio, A. J. (Eds.) (2007). Drugs, Women, and Justice: Roles of the Criminal Justice System for Drug-Affected women. Binghamton, NY : Haworth Press.

Swartz, J. A. (2007). A pilot study of co-occurring psychiatric, substance use, and medical disorders among jail detainees in psychiatric treatment (pp 22-1 - 22-9). In: K. Knight & D. Farabee (Eds.) Treating addicted offenders:  A continuum of effective practices, Volume II. Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute.

Swartz, J. A. (2007). Screening for co-occurring psychiatric disorders among addicted offenders: Adaptation and use of the K6/K10 screening scales (pp 5-1 - 5-11). In: K. Knight & D. Farabee (Eds.) Treating Addicted Offenders:  A Continuum of Effective Practices, Volume II. Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute.

Affiliations, Associations, & Consultations 

American Psychological Association
American Society of Criminology
Society for Social Work Research
Consultant to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Consultant to the Gateway Foundation, Inc.

Editorial Reviews

  • Criminal Justice and Behavior
  • Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Crime and Delinquency
  • International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
  • Journal of Offender Rehabilitation