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University Counseling Center (UCC)

Allan J. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Dr. Schwartz is presently Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester. In 1981 he became Chief of the University Health Service-Mental Health Section at the University of Rochester, and was Director of its successor, University Counseling Center (formerly Counseling & Mental Health Services), until 2001. He is presently Senior Staff Psychologist at the University Counseling Center.

Dr. Schwartz was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in a small town of 5000 people on Long Island. In 1957 he moved to New York City where he attended college, worked as a technical writer, then joined the faculty and later became chairman of the science department of a private secondary school. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Columbia University in 1961 and his Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from the Teachers College at Columbia in 1966. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute awarded him a Master of Science in Natural Sciences in 1967. He left New York to go to Rochester in 1968 and completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology at the University of Rochester in 1973. His predoctoral training included internship experiences at Veterans Administration facilities in Rochester, Manhattan, and Syracuse.

Dr. Schwartz began his affiliation with the University Health Service at the University of Rochester in 1970. While there he served two interludes as Acting Associate Director for Administration and one as Coordinator of Research, but his principal role was in the Mental Health Section where he served as Staff Psychologist from 1971 to 1981 and then as Chief until 1991. That year the University of Rochester's Counseling and Psychological Services Center was merged with the Mental Health Section of the University Health Service, and Dr. Schwartz became Director of the newly formed Counseling & Mental Health Services, now UCC.

Dr. Schwartz joined the American College Health Association in 1971. He immediately became involved in the work of the Advisory Committee to the ACHA's Mental Health Annual Program Survey. In 1973 he became chair of that committee, guiding its work through the end of that decade when the program was ended. An active member of the ACHA's Section on Mental Health, he served as one of that Section's representatives to the governing body of the association and as Secretary, Program Chair, and Chair of the Section. Elected a Fellow of the association in 1976, he has also received two awards for Excellence in Poster Presentation from the ACHA, the first in 1990 and the second in 1994. He served on the association's Fellows Committee from 1991 through 1996. In May of 1995, he was awarded the association's Edward Hitchcock Award, "in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of college health." From 1966-2001 he was chair of the ACHA's standing committee for the Journal of American College Health, the defining journal in the field of college health. He was the Statistical Editor for the journal from 1988-2005. For his work with JACH, he received the Clifford B. Reifler Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Journal of American College Health in June of 2008.

With the merger of the university's counseling and mental health programs in 1991, Dr. Schwartz joined the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors. In addition to his many presentations at that group's annual meetings, he participated in the work of its Elements of Excellence Task Force and was a member of the organization's Governing Board from 1997-1999. In 2011 he received the AUCCCD's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Schwartz principal research interest is college mental health. While his scholarship has addressed many areas within that field, the suicide of college students has been a particular focus and has produced a series of studies of the epidemiology of suicide among students at American colleges and universities. Other publications address the personality styles of student activists, the comparative effectiveness of different group interventions and of varied models of individual psychotherapy, and the treatment of sexual dysfunction. He has also addressed or written about administrative aspects of college mental health, the character and acuity of emotional distress among student clients, and patterns of students' use of campus-based therapy services. In addition to his own scholarship and writing, he has contributed to the literature of the field as Statistical Editor for the Journal of American College Health, as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, and as an ad hoc reviewer for other publications.

Selected Publications and Papers

Schwartz, A.J. The epidemiology of suicide among students at colleges and universities in the United States. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 4, 25-44, 1990.

Schwartz, A.J. and Whitaker, L.C. Suicide among college students: assessment, treatment, and intervention. In S.J. Blumenthal and D.J. Kupfer (Eds.), Suicide over the life cycle: A comprehensive guide to risk factors, assessment and treatment of suicidal patients (pp. 303-340). Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press, 1990.

Schwartz, A.J. Suicide and Stress Among College Students. In H.M. Wallace, K. Patrick, G.S. Parcel and J.B. Igoe (Eds.), Principles and Practices of Student Health, Volume III College Health (pp. 715-726). Oakland, California: Third Party Publishing Co., 1992.

Schwartz, A.J. Using Client and Visit Data to Balance Resources and Demand for Direct Services. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors(AUCCCD), p 64, 1992.

Schwartz, A.J. Suicide Rates, Selectivity of Admissions and Academic Competitiveness. Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), 231-244, 1995.

Schwartz, A.J. Severity of Impairment of Counseling Center Clients-3: The Distribution of DSM-III-R Diagnoses derived from Clients' Responses to the Personality Assessment Inventory. Proceedings of the 45th Annual Conference of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), 436-445, 1996.

Schwartz, A.J. Implications of Convergence Among Four Approaches to Specifying Presenting Concerns/Diagnoses. Proceedings of the 47th Annual Conference of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), zip-43, 1998.

Schwartz, A.J. On-Call and After-Hours Services in the Next Millennium. Proceedings of the 48th Annual Conference of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), 1999.

Schwartz, A.J. Levels of Suicidality for Clients and for Students who are the Focus of On-Call Events. Proceedings of the 49th Annual Conference of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), 2000.

Schwartz, A.J. Are students more disturbed today? Stability in the degree and qualitative character of psychopathology among college counseling center clients, 1993-2002. Journal of American College Health, 2006; 54(6), in press.

Schwartz, A.J. (2006). College Student Suicide in the United States: 1990-91 through 2003-04. Journal of American College Health, 2006;54(6), in press.

Schwartz, A.J. (2006). Four eras of study college student suicide n the United States: 1920-2004. Journal of American College Health, 2006;54(6), in press.

Schwartz, A.J. (2011). Rate, relative risk, and method of suicide by students at four-year colleges and universities in the United States: 2004-05 through 2008-09. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, DOI: 10.1111/j.1943-278X.2011.00034.x

Schwartz, A.J. (2011). Suicidal Behavior among College Students. In D. Lamis and D. Lester [Eds.], Understanding and Preventing College Student Suicide. Springfield, IL, Charles C Thomas, 2011.

Schwartz, A.J. (2013). Comparing the Risk of Suicide of College Students With Nonstudents Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 2013, 27(2), 120-137. DOI: 10.1080/87568225.2013.766108.