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Monica Swahn

Professor    Former Associate Vice President for Research    

Ph.D., 2001, University of Pittsburgh, Epidemiology
M.P.H., 1998, University of Pittsburgh, Epidemiology
B.S., 1994, University of Pittsburgh, Psychology


Social Epidemiology, Psychiatric and Substance Use Epidemiology, Violence and Injury Epidemiology, Health Disparities


Former Associate Vice President for Research
Swahn Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Swahn is the former Associate Vice President for Research for Georgia State University, and also serves as professor in the School of Public Health and the Partnership for Urban Health Research. She was previously the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Health and Human Sciences, 2008-2011. She is a consultant to the World Health Organization’s Africa Office on alcohol marketing in Sub-Saharan Africa and on gender-based violence to the Pan American Health Organization in  Guyana. She is also the Associate Director for Research for the Emory Center for Injury Control, a regional consortium of researchers and practitioners in injury prevention.Prior to joining the School, Dr. Swahn worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more than 9 years.  Initially, she served as a violence/injury epidemiologist in the Division of Violence Prevention and then as the Deputy Associate Director for Science in the Office on Smoking and Health. She also served as the scientific officer (consultant) for many CDC funded cooperative agreements and grants including three Academic Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention, a longitudinal study of detained youth and a longitudinal study of delinquent boys.

In 2006, Dr. Swahn was awarded the prestigious Dixie Snider fellowship in the Office of the Chief Science Officer, CDC. During this fellowship, Dr. Swahn contributed to agency-wide strategic goal and research priority planning and facilitated the preparation and implementation of new research objectives.  She also provided assistance and consultations to scientific regulatory services and prepared measures, initiatives, and fiscal year targets for an internal organizational excellence management assessment tool.Her research interests pertain to health risk behaviors among adolescents and young adults, primarily focusing on alcohol, violence and injuries in the United States and internationally.

Dr. Swahn teaches introduction to epidemiology, social determinants of health and epidemiology of adolescent risk behavior.



Houry, D., Hankin A., Swahn, M. H. (2010). The Emory Center for Injury Control: Vision and Priorities for Reducing Violence and Injuries through Interdisciplinary Collaborations Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 11(3):229-230.

West, B., Swahn, M. H., McCarty F. (2010). Children at Risk for Suicide Attempt and Attempt-related Injuries: Findings from the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine,11(3):257-263.

Swahn, M. H., Alemdar, M., Whitaker, D. J. (2010). Nonreciprocal and Reciprocal Dating Violence and Injury Occurrence among Urban Youth. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine,11(3):264-268.

Swahn M.H., Ali, B., Bossarte, R.M., Van Dulmen, M. Crosby, A., Strine, T., Raskin, S. (2010). Self Harm and its Link to Peer and Dating Violence among Adolescents in a High-Risk Urban Community. Suicidology Online 1:53-65. Available: http://www.suicidologyonline.

Swahn M. H., Bossarte, R. M., West, B., Topalli,V. (2010). Alcohol and Drug Use among Gang Members: Experiences of Boys and Girls who Attend School. Journal of School Health, 80,7:353-360.

Swahn M. H., Bossarte R. M., Ashby, J., Meyers, J. (2010). Early Alcohol Use and Suicide Attempts among Middle and High School Students: Findings from the 2006 Georgia Student Health Survey. Addictive Behaviors, 35(5):452-8.

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