Holly A Swartz, MD
Education & Training
Selected Honors & Awards
- Swartz HA, Rucci P, Thase ME, Wallace M, Carretta E, Celedonia KL, Frank E. Psychotherapy alone and combined with medication as treatments for bipolar II depression: A randomized controlled trial. J Clin Psychiatry; in press
- Phillips ML, Swartz HA. A critical appraisal of neuroimaging studies of bipolar disorder: toward a new conceptualization of underlying neural circuitry and roadmap for future research; Am J Psychiatry 2014; 171 (8):829-43. (PMID: 24626773; PMCID: PMC4119497)
- Swartz HA, Cyranowski JM, Cheng Y, Zuckoff A, Brent DA, Markowitz JC, Martin S, Amole MC, Ritchey F, Frank E. Brief psychotherapy for maternal depression: Impact on mothers and children. J Am Acad Child Adol Psychiatry 2016; 55 (6):495-503 (PMCID: PMC4886238)
- Swartz HA, Frank E, Cheng Y. A randomized pilot study of psychotherapy and quetiapine for the acute treatment of bipolar II depression. Bipolar Disord 2012; 14: 211-216. (doi:10.1111/j.1399-5618.2012.00988.x; PMID 224202597; PMCID: PMC3307150)
- Swartz HA, Frank E, Zuckoff A, Cyranowski JM, Houck PR, Cheng Y, Fleming MAD, Grote NK, Brent DA, Shear MK. Brief interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed mothers whose children are receiving psychiatric treatment. Am J Psychiatry 2008; 165: 1155-1162. (PMCID: PMC2757752)
- Swartz HA, Grote NK, Graham P. Brief interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT-B): Overview and review of the evidence. Am J Psychotherapy 2014; 68 (4) 443-462. PMCID: PMC3149872
- Swartz HA, Fagiolini A. Cardiovascular disease and bipolar disorder: Risk and clinical implications. J. Clin Psychiatry 2012; 73 (12) 1563-1565 (doi:10.4088/JCP.12ac08227; PMID 23290329).
- Swartz HA, Levenson JC, Frank E. Psychotherapy for bipolar II disorder: The role of interpersonal and social rhythm therapy. Prof Psychol Res Pr 2012; 43 (2): 145-153. (doi:10.1037/a0027671)
- Swartz HA, Frank E, OToole K, Newman N, Kiderman H, Carlson S, Fink JW, Cheng Y, Maihoefer C, Wells KF, Houck PR, Painter T, Ortenzio SH, Simon SL, Henschke P, Ghinassi F. Implementing interpersonal and social rhythm therapy for mood disorders across a continuum of care. Psychiatr Serv 2011; 62:1377-1380. (PMID 22211221
- Swartz HA, Zuckoff A, Grote NK, Spielvogle HN, Bledsoe SE, Shear MK, Frank E. Engaging depressed patients in psychotherapy: Integrating techniques from motivational interviewing and ethnographic interviewing to improve treatment participation. Prof Psychol Res Pr 2007, 38:430-439
- Swartz HA Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for depressed adults: Indications, theoretical foundations, general concepts, and efficacy. In: Roy-Byrne PP, Solomon D, eds., UpToDate; Waltham, MA: 2010-2016. www.uptodate.com
- Swartz HA Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for depressed adults: Specific interventions and techniques. In: Roy-Byrne PP, Solomon D, eds., UpToDate; Waltham, MA: 2010-2016. www.uptodate.com
COVID-19 Coping Strategies from Pitt Psychiatry
Physical distancing, stay-at-home orders and economic uncertainty resulting from the current COVID-19 pandemic have raised behavioral health concerns for many people. Below is a selection of strategies from Department of Psychiatry faculty and trainees on how to cope with the drastic alteration of our home, social and professional lives. For Kids and Adolescents Rameshwari Tumuluru, MD, an expert in helping...
Holly Swartz, MD, Wins 2019 Gerald L. Klerman Senior Investigator Award from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Congratulations to Professor of Psychiatry Holly Swartz, MD, who has won the 2019 Gerald L. Klerman Senior Investigator Award, presented by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). The Gerald L. Klerman Award is the DBSA’s highest honor, recognizing researchers whose work advances knowledge of the causes, diagnosis and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. Dr. Swartz’s research interests include...
Findings by Holly Swartz et al. Demonstrate Psychotherapy + Medication Results in Fewer Symptoms, but More Side Effects Than Psychotherapy Alone in Patients with Bipolar II Depression
Despite being common and impairing, bipolar II disorder (BD II) is a neglected condition. BD II is characterized by multiple recurrent depressive episodes punctuated by infrequent hypomanic episodes. In one longitudinal study, the ratio of depressive to hypomanic episodes over time was 30:1. Thus, BD II is dominated by depression which, though less striking than mania (a more severe form of hypomania), can be the...
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF) has recognized two Department of Psychiatry researchers as part of its Top 10 Advancements & Breakthroughs of 2016 by researchers supported by NARSAD grants. "The top 10 discoveries were selected because of their significant contributions to our understanding of brain and behavior disorders as well as potential new treatments," said Jeffrey Borenstein, MD, BBRF...