Dr. Holly A. Swartz is professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her psychiatric residency training at New York Hospital / Cornell University School of Medicine. She is currently the President of the International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IsIPT).
Dr. Swartz’s research focuses on understanding and optimizing psychosocial and pharmacologic interventions for mood disorders. She is well known for her work in evaluating Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) as treatments for depression and bipolar disorder. Her research has focused on the role of IPSRT and pharmacotherapy in the management of bipolar II depression and IPT in the management of maternal depression, both in the perinatal period and in the context of high-risk families with psychiatrically ill offspring. Recent work is focused on developing and testing an online version of IPSRT for treating bipolar disorder in primary care.
Dr. Swartz has received grant support from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Depression and Bipolar Alternative Treatment Foundation, and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD). She is the recipient of numerous awards including a New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit (NCDEU) New Investigator Award from NIMH and the Gerald L. Klerman Young Investigator Award from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.