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Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Swarbrick

Associate Director, Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies; Research Professor, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology

Office: SMH 222

Email: swarbrma@rutgers.edu

  • Bio
  • Current Research
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  • Selected Publications
  • Education
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Bio

Dr. Swarbrick is the Associate Director of the Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies and a Research Professor in the Applied Department of GSAPP. Over her career, she has made significant contributions to the body of literature in occupational therapy, nursing, and community behavioral health care practice, focused on topics such as the 8 dimensions of wellness, wellness coaching, peer support, health disparities and social determinants of health, financial wellness, employment, trauma, and self-care.  She developed a strength based 8-dimensional wellness model to promote recovery from mental health and substance use. Dr Swarbrick is known for bringing the voices and needs of people to the table by collaborating with the peer community and family groups to identify and address social determinants that are barriers to recovery and wellness. She has created self-care wellness programs for people in recovery, caregiver’s, families, youth, and professionals.  She worked for many years at the Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey Wellness Institute. 

Current Research

Principal Investigator

Farris Foundation, Wellness Training & Learning Collaborative (W-TLC) PI: Swarbrick January 2022-December 2022

Indivior, Wellness in Recovery (WinR)Self-Care Guide, development of a wellness self-care educational toolkit /resource to support long term substance use recovery PI: Swarbrick September 2021-July 2022

NJ DMHAS – Transformation Transfer Initiative NASMHPD, Caregiver Wellness PI: Swarbrick

April 2017-December 2018

Development of Health Promotion Toolkit for Behavioral Health Homes for Peer Support Specialists and CT-R implementation and sustainability in BHHs

2018-2019

Transformation Transfer Initiative (TTI), funded through the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), “Development of Training for a Peer Specialist Role, Wellness Coach”

December 2008-March 2010; April, 2011-December 2011; March 2012-2014

University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ (UMDNJ) Foundation: Exploring the subjective experience of non-adherence to prescribed psychiatric medication.

2007-2009

 

 Co-Investigator

Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey

Comparing Peer Support Approaches to Bolster Physician Well-Being during the COVID-19 Era and Beyond

September 2020-April 2021

 

Sandra and Arnold Gold Humanism Research Fund

Comparing Peer Support Approaches to Bolster Resident Physician Well-Being during the COVID-19 Era and Beyond

January 2021-November 2021

 

Rutgers University

CIRCLE Peer Talk Discussion Groups (CIRCLE: Colleague Involved in Reaching Colleagues through Listening and Empathy). Peer Support Approaches to Bolster Physician Well-Being during the COVID-19 Era and Beyond. PI: Dr. Brazeau.  Co PIs Dr. Chen, Dr. Ayala, & Dr. Swarbrick

June 2020- present

 

Effects of Short-Term Self-Care Training on the Well-Being of Staff in an Applied Behavior Analysis Setting, PI: Dr. Massey; Co PIs: Frances, Paone, Swarbrick

January 2021- present.

 

Perceived Effectiveness of Online Teaching Strategies by Occupational Therapy Assistant Students, PI; Drs. Benaroya; McKernan, George, and Swarbrick

September 2021-2022.

 

Effect of Traditional vs. Non-Traditional Psychosocial Fieldwork Placement on Occupational Therapy Assistant Students’ Attitudes Towards Working with Individuals with Mental Illness, PI: Dr Benaroya; Co PI: Zechner, Murphy, Cimmino, Swarbrick. December 2020-2022.

 

University Illinois Chicago (UIC)

UIC National Research and Training Center, National Institute on Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, National Research and Training Center, , PI: Dr. Cook, Co-Director, Solutions Suite: Swarbrick

October 2020-present

  • RCT of Building Financial Wellness Curriculum, October 2020-present
  • Healthy ReStart: National Web Survey on the Status of Adults with Psychiatric Disabilities, Intervention Development, & Pilot RCT, October 2020-September 2022
  • National Survey on the Health Status of the Certified Peer Specialist Workforce, October 2021-September 2023
  • Healthy ReStart to Life After COVID-19 and Beyond, October 2021-September 2023
  • Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle: On the Road to a Tobacco-Free Life; & Kick Start Your Immunity, October 2022 to September 2025
  • Peer Telehealth Navigator Manual, October 2023 to September 2025

 

UIC National Research and Training Center, National Institute on Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, National Research and Training Center, Co-Director Solutions Suite UIC Center on Self-Directed Recovery and Integrated Health Care, PI: Dr. Judith Cook

October 2015-September 30, 2020.

UIC National Research and Training Center, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, National Research and Training Center, Health Screening Project; Principal Investigator, Dr. Judith Cook, October 2010-2014.

 

Kean University: Co Investigator/Mentor

Exploring Sleep Habits and Routines for Individuals with Mental Disorders During COVID-19, PI: Monique Schulmann. Faculty mentors: Drs. Gardner and Swarbrick

June 2020- June 2021.

 

Yale University

R34 Peer Wellness Enhancement for Patients with Serious Mental Illness and High Medial Costs, Grant Number: 5R34MH117188-02, PI: Dr. Bellamy, Consultant: Swarbrick

2018-June 2021.

 

Increasing Healthcare Choices and Improving Health Outcomes Among Persons with Serious Mental Illness , I.D. #:IH-1304-7294, PI: Dr. Bellamy, Consultant/co-investigator for Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute: Swarbrick

2013-2016.

 

Columbia University

Perspectives on the International Classification of Diseases (11th revision); Using lived experience to improve mental health diagnoses in the United States: INCLUDE – US Study. Co-investigators: Drs. Pike & Swarbrick (Report on mental health service users’ perceptions for the World Health Organization., October 2017- 2019.

 

New Jersey Health Foundation (Grant Number 810364), Preventive Medical Services Amongst Persons in NJ Public Mental Health Programs, PI: Lois Rockson

2012-2019

Grants

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Principal Investigator

Farris Foundation, Wellness Training & Learning Collaborative (W-TLC) January 2022-January 2023

Indivior, Wellness in Recovery (WinR) Guide, development of a wellness self-care educational toolkit /resource to support long term substance use recovery, September 2021-July 2022

NJ DMHAS – Transformation Transfer Initiative NASMHPD, Caregiver Wellness, April 2017-December 2018

NJ DMHAS – Transformation Transfer Initiative NASMHPD, Development of Health Promotion Toolkit for Behavioral Health Homes for Peer Support Specialists and CT-R implementation and sustainability in BHHs, 2018-2019

NJ DMHAS Transformation Transfer Initiative (TTI), funded through the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), “Development of Training for a Peer Specialist Role, Wellness Coach” December 2008-March 2010; April, 2011-December 2011; March 2012-2014

 

Co-Investigator

Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, Comparing Peer Support Approaches to Bolster Physician Well-Being during the COVID-19 Era and Beyond, September 2020-April 2021

Sandra and Arnold Gold Humanism Research Fund, Comparing Peer Support Approaches to Bolster Resident Physician Well-Being during the COVID-19 Era and Beyond, January 2021-November 2021

Selected Publications

Accepted Original Article in Journal

 Benaroya, T., Swarbrick M., Zechner, M., Murphy, A., Cimmino, M., (accepted). Impact of a Faculty-led Virtual Level 1 Fieldwork with a Peer Led Community Agency during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education.

Spagnolo, A., Castellano, C., Vogel, M., Dreyer Valovcin, D., Lunquist, MC., & Swarbrick, M (accepted). Pivoting to Wellness During the Pandemic: A Helpline as a Lifeline for Peer Supporters. Community Mental Health Journal

 Swarbrick, M., Nemec, P., Spagnolo, A., Gould Fogerite, S., Lundquist, MC., Zechnr, M., & Townsend, M., (accepted). Self-Care for All During the Pandemic. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Chapters

Swarbrick, M. (2022). Chapter 63: Providing Wellness-Oriented Occupational Therapy Services for Persons with Mental Health Challenges., Willard & Spackman Occupational Therapy, 14th Edition. (Eds) Gillen & Brown. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Swarbrick, M. (2022). Chapter 50:. The Role of Occupational Therapy in Health Management. Willard & Spackman Occupational Therapy, 14th Edition. (Eds) Gillen & Brown. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Swarbrick, M. (2019). Chapter 30: Peer-led Services. In Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation Second Edition. (Eds). Brown, T. Stoffel, G. & Munoz, J.P. FA Davis.

 Swarbrick, M. (2019). Chapter 48: Wellness. In Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation Second Edition. (Eds). Brown, T. Stoffel, G. & Munoz, J.P. FA Davis.

 

Refereed Original Article in Journal

Zechner, M., Swarbrick, M., Fullen, M., Barret, N., Santos-Tuano- S., Pratt CW. (2022). Multi-Dimensional Wellness for People Who are Aging with Mental Health Conditions: A proposed framework. Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. 45 (2), 160-169. https://doi.org/10.1037/prj0000510.

Brazeau, CMLR, Ayyala, MS, Chen, P-H, Swarbrick, M. Virtual faculty development peer programmes support physician well-being. Med Educ. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1111/medu.14748

Benaroya, T. L., Swarbrick, M., Zechner, M., Murphy, A. A., & Cimmino, M. (2022). Faculty-Led Virtual Level 1 Community Fieldwork during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 6 (2). Retrieved from https://encompass.eku.edu/jote/vol6/iss2/17

Brazeau, CMLR, Ayyala, MS, Chen, P-H, Swarbrick, M. Virtual faculty development peer programmes support physician well-being. Med Educ. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1111/medu.14748

Benaroya, T. L., George, J. C., McKernan-Ace, D., & Swarbrick, M. (2021). Application of Active Learning Strategies for Online Delivery in an Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 5(2). Retrieved from https://encompass.eku.edu/jote/vol5/iss2/10

Brandow, C., & Swarbrick, M. (2021). Improving Black Mental Health: A Collective Call to Action. Psychiatric Services. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.202000894

Cook, J., Swarbrick, M., Boss, K., Steigman, P. J., Nemec, P. B., Jonikas, J. A., & Brice, G. H. Jr. (2021). The Importance of Employment to Workers with Pre-existing Behavioral Health Disorders during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/prj0000499.

Foglesong, D., Spagnolo, A. B., Cronise, R., Forbes, J., Swarbrick, M., Edwards, J. P., & Pratt, C. (2021). Perceptions of Supervisors of Peer Support Workers (PSW) in Behavioral Health: Results from a National Survey. Community Mental Health Journal, 1–7. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-021-00837-2.

Gao, N., Solomon, P, Clay, Z., & Swarbrick, M. (2021). Pilot study of Wellness Coaching for smoking cessation among individuals with mental illnesses. Journal of Mental Health, 1-7. DOI: 10.1080/09638237.2021.1922630

Gardner, G., Swarbrick, M., Dennis, S., Franklin,M., Pricken, M., & Palmer, K. (2021) Sleep Habits and Routines of Individuals Diagnosed with Mental and/or Substance-Use Disorders. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health. DOI: 10.1080/0164212X.2021.1877592

Jonikas, J. A., Cook, J. A., Swarbrick, M., Nemec, P., Steigman, P. J., Boss, K. A., & Brice Jr, G. H. (2021). The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and daily life of adults with behavioral health disorders. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 11(5), 1162-1171.

 https://doi.org/10.1093/tbm/ibab013

McGrellis, K., Swarbrick, M., Cummings, C., Wilson, B., & Gill, K. (2021). Development of a Nurtured Heart Approach® Questionnaire. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.3928/02793695-20210818-03.

Swarbrick M, Fogerite SG, Spagnolo AB, Nemec PB. (2021). Caregivers of People With Disabilities: A Program to Enhance Wellness Self-Care. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. Jan 13:1-8. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20210107-04.

Zechner, M., Swarbrick, M., Fullen, M., Barret, N., Santos-Tuano- S., Pratt CW. . (2021). Multi-Dimensional Wellness for People Who are Aging with Mental Health Conditions: A proposed framework. Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/prj0000510.

Brandow, C. L., Swarbrick, M., & Nemec, P. B. (2020). Rethinking the causes and consequences of financial wellness for people with serious mental illnesses. Psychiatric Services. 71:1

Marrone, J., & Swarbrick, M. (2020). Long-Term Unemployment: A Social Determinant Under addressed Within Community Behavioral Health Programs. Psychiatric Services. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201900522  

Mulry, C., Gardner, J., Swarbrick, M., Maltempi, O., Ramirez, M., DiMaiuta, A., & Wollny, K. (2020) Feasibility of the Let’s Go Mobility Program for Community Dwelling Adults with Mental Disorders. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 36(4), 307-329, doi: 10.1080/0164212X.2020.1825151

Nemec PB, Swarbrick M, Spagnolo A, Brandow CL. (2020). Nudges to Support Health and Wellness for Individuals Served by Behavioral Health Programs. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 1; 59(1):21-28. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20201015-03. Epub 2020 Oct 23. PMID: 33095264.

Saraiya T.C., Swarbrick M., Franklin L., Kass S., Campbell A., & Hien D.A. (2020). Perspectives on trauma and the design of a technology-based trauma-informed intervention for women receiving medications for addiction treatment in community-based settings. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. May;112:92-101.

Wetzler, S., Hackmann, C., Peryer,G., Clayman, K., Friedman, D., Saffran, K., Silver, J., Swarbrick, M., Magill, E., van Furth, EF., Pike, KM (2020). A framework to conceptualize personal recovery from eating disorders: A systematic review and qualitative meta-synthesis of perspectives from individuals with lived experience. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23260

Zechner, M., Lundquist, MC., Swarbrick, M., Wey, M. (2020). Care2Caregivers: A Retrospective Examination of Needs Addressed and Services Provided by a Peer Support Helpline. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 58(10):13-16. https://doi.org/10.3928/02793695-20200817-04

Hackmann, C., Balhara, Y. P. S., Clayman, K., Nemec, P.B., Notley, C., Pike, K., Reed, G.M. Sharan, P., Rana, M.S., Silver, J., Swarbrick, M., Zeilig, H., & Shakespeare, T. (2019). Perspectives on the INternational CLassification of Diseases, 11th Revision (ICD-11); an international qualitative study to Understand and improve mental health Diagnosis using expertise by Experience: INCLUDE Study. The Lancet Psychiatry. https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/69891/

Rockson L, Swarbrick, M, Pratt C. (2019). Cancer Screening in Behavioral Health Care Programs. J American Psychiatric Nurses Assoc.:1078390319877227. doi: 10.1177/1078390319877227

Swarbrick, M., Bohan, MC., Gitlitz, R., & Hillis, M (2019). Peer Health Navigators Support Individuals with an Opioid Use Disorder Transitioning from Prison. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 203(1), 88-91.

Bochicchio, L., Stefancic, A., Gurdak, K., Swarbrick, M., Cabassa, L. (2018). We’re all in this Together”: Peer-specialist Contributions to a Healthy Lifestyle Intervention for People with Serious Mental Illness. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. doi:10.1007/s10488-018-0914-6.

Gardner, J., Swarbrick, M., Ackerman, A., Church, T., Rios, V., Valente, L., & Rutledge, J. (2017). Effects of Physical Limitations on Daily Activities Among Adults With Mental Health Disorders: Opportunities for Nursing and Occupational Therapy Interventions. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 55(10), 45-51. doi:10.3928/02793695-20170818-05

Swarbrick, M. (2017). Peer-Led Treatment. In A. Wenzel (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of abnormal and clinical psychology (pp. 2511-2512). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. doi: 10.4135/9781483365817.n1008

Smoyak, S. A., Swarbrick, M. A., Nowik, K., Ancheta, A., & Lombardo, A. (2017). Consumers of Mental Health Services: Their Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices About High Energy Drinks and Drugs. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services, 55(4), 37–43. https://doi.org/10.3928/02793695-20170330-06.

Swarbrick, M. A., Cook, J. A., Razzano, L. A., Jonikas, J. A., Gao, N., Williams, J., & Yudof, J. (2017). Correlates of Current Smoking Among Adults Served by the Public Mental Health System. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 13(2), 82–90. https://doi.org/10.1080/15504263.2017.1296603

Rogers, S. & Swarbrick, M. (2016). Peer-delivered services: Current trends and innovations. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, Vol 39(3), 193-196 .http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/prj0000223

Cook, J. A., Razzano, L., Jonikas, J. A., Swarbrick, M., Steigman, P. J., Hamilton, M. M., … Santos, A. B. (2016). Correlates of Co-Occurring Diabetes and Obesity Among Community Mental Health Program Members With Serious Mental Illnesses. Psychiatric Services (Washington, D.C.), 67(11), 1269–1271. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201500219

Gill, K. J., Zechner, M., Zambo Anderson, E., Swarbrick,, & Murphy, A. (2016). Wellness for life: A pilot of an interprofessional intervention to address metabolic syndrome in adults with serious mental illnesses. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 39(2), 147–153. https://doi.org/10.1037/prj0000172

Jiménez-Solomon, O. G., Méndez-Bustos, P., Swarbrick, M., Díaz, S., Silva, S., Kelley, M., … Lewis-Fernández, R. (2016). Peer-supported economic empowerment: A financial wellness intervention framework for people with psychiatric disabilities. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 39(3), 222–233. https://doi.org/10.1037/prj0000210

Olker, S. J., Parrott, J. S., Swarbrick, M. A., & Spagnolo, A. B. (2016). Weight management interventions in adults with a serious mental illness: A meta-analytic review. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 19(4), 370–393. https://doi.org/10.1080/15487768.2016.1231643

Rockson, L. E., Swarbrick, M. A., & Pratt, C. (2016). Cancer Screening Among Peer-Led Community Wellness Center Enrollees. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 54(3), 36–40. https://doi.org/10.3928/02793695-20160219-06

Swarbrick, M., Gill, K. J., & Pratt, C. W. (2016). Impact of peer delivered wellness coaching. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 39(3), 234–238. https://doi.org/10.1037/prj0000187

Swarbrick, M., & Nemec, P. B. (2016). Supporting the Health and Wellness of Individuals With Psychiatric Disabilities. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, 30(3), 321–333. https://doi.org/10.1891/2168-6653.30.3.321

Swarbrick,, Tunner, T. P., Miller, D. W., Werner, P., & Tiegreen, W. W. (2016). Promoting health and wellness through peer-delivered services: Three innovative state examples. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 39(3), 204–210. https://doi.org/10.1037/prj0000205

Nemec, P., Swarbrick,, & Legere, L. (2015). Prejudice and discrimination from mental health service providers. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 38(2), 203-206. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/prj0000148

Cook, J. A., Razzano, L. A., Swarbrick, M., Jonikas, J. A., Yost, C., Burke, L., … Santos, A. (2015). Health risks and changes in self-efficacy following community health screening of adults with serious mental illnesses. PloS One, 10(4), e0123552.https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0123552

Nemec, P. B., Swarbrick, M., & Merlo, D. M. (2015). The Force of Habit: Creating and Sustaining a Wellness Lifestyle. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 53(9), 24–30. https://doi.org/10.3928/02793695-20150821-01

Razzano, L. A., Cook, J. A., Yost, C., Jonikas, J. A., Swarbrick, M., Carter, T. M., & Santos, A. (2015). Factors associated with co-occurring medical conditions among adults with serious mental disorders. Schizophrenia Research, 161(2–3), 458–464. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.schres.2014.11.021

Swarbrick, M.., Rockson, L., Pratt, C., Yudof, J., & Nemec, P. (2015). Perceptions of Overall Health and Recency of Screenings. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 18(1), 5–18. https://doi.org/10.1080/15487768.2015.1001703

Brice, G. H., Swarbrick, M.. A., & Gill, K. J. (2014). Promoting wellness of peer providers through coaching. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 52(1), 41–45. https://doi.org/10.3928/02793695-20130930-03

Swarbrick, M.. A. (2013). Integrated care: wellness-oriented peer approaches: a key ingredient for integrated care. Psychiatric Services (Washington, D.C.), 64(8), 723–726. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201300144

Swarbrick, M.. A., Cook, J., Razzano, L., Yudof, J., Cohn, J., Fitzgerald, C., … Yost, C. (2013). Health screening dialogues. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 51(12), 22–28. https://doi.org/10.3928/02793695-20130930-02

Education

 

2005 PhD, New York University
2005-2008 Advanced Training and Research Fellowship, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Rutgers School of Health Professions (formerly UMDNJ)

 

Recent Awards

Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, Tribute Award, for decades of innovation and dedication to the field of peer-led leadership in the behavioral health field, November 10, 2020

New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Outstanding Leadership and Innovation, October 2020

New Jersey Psychiatric Association, Citizen of the Year, November 16, 2014

Other Information

Dr. Swarbrick has been involved in research, training, program development and consultation activities in the areas of wellness and health promotion, employment services, caregiver self-care, the role of peer support workers and efforts to reduce health disparities for people with substance use and mental health challenges.

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