image005Steven B. Carswell
Managing Partner/Research Scientist

Degree: Ph.D., Sociology – Stratification and Social Inequality, American University

Research Interests

Dr. Carswell’s research focuses on the relationship between individual, social, and community risk and protective factors and the incidence and prevalence of youth and adult involvement in health-compromising behaviors. He has experience developing and evaluating behavioral intervention programs aimed at preventing and/or reducing youth and adult involvement in delinquent and criminal activities, illicit substance use, and risky sexual behaviors. He conducts grant reviews for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and manuscript reviews for prominent journals. Currently, Dr. Carswell’s work is focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of technology-based interventions designed to improve substance abuse treatment including software programs, web-based platforms, and mobile applications.

In 2012, Dr. Carswell co-founded COG Analytics (COG) with Drs. Obermayer and Gryczynski and Friends Research Institute (FRI), to develop technology-based interventions designed to promote human health and reduce health disparities in disadvantaged populations. As Managing Partner of COG, Dr. Carswell is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the small business.

In addition to his work at COG, he is also Vice President (VP) of FRI. In his position as VP, and in collaboration with the President, Medical Director, and Chief Operating Officer, he is jointly responsible for the oversight and management of FRI. He assists in the development of short and long-term strategic plans, policies, and procedures designed to improve FRI’s research, clinical, and grants management infrastructure.

Selected Publications

Gordon MS, Crable EL, Carswell SB, Leopold J, Hodo-Powell J, McKenzie M, and Rich JD (2018). A randomized controlled trial of intensive case management (Project Bridge) for HIV-infected probationers and parolees. AIDS and Behavior. 22(3):1030-1038. doi: 10.1007/s10461-017-2016-y.

Gryczynski J, Carswell SB, O’Grady KE, Mitchell SG, Schwartz RP (2018). Gender and ethnic differences in primary care patients’ response to computerized vs. in-person brief intervention for illicit drug misuse. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 84:50-56. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2017.10.009.

Carswell SB, Gordon MS, Gryczynski J, and Tangires S (2017). The daily progress system: A proof of concept pilot study of a recovery support technology tool for outpatient substance abuse treatment. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Published online: 30 May 2017.

Gordon, M.S., Carswell, S.B., Schadegg, M., Mangen, K., Merkel, K., Tangires, S., & Vocci, F.J. (2017). Avatar assisted therapy: A proof of concept pilot study of a novel technology-based intervention to treat substance use disorders. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Published online: 17 Feb 2017.

Gordon, M.S., Carswell, S.B., Wilson, M., Kinlock, T.W., McKenzie, M., & Rich, J. (2016). Factors associated with receiving rapid HIV testing among individuals on probation or parole. Journal of Correctional Healthcare, 22(4), 290-299. doi:10.1177/1078345816669347

Carswell, S.B., Hanlon, T.E., O’Grady, K.E., & Watts, A. (2014).  Correlates of risky sexual activity for urban African American youth in an alternative education program.  Education and Urban Society, 46(6), 631-652.

Carswell, S.B., Hanlon, T.E., Watts, A., & O’Grady, K.E. (2014).  Prevention-related research targeting African American alternative education program students.  Education and Urban Society, 46(4), 434-449. doi:10.1177/0013124512458119.

Carswell, S.B., Hanlon, T.E., O’Grady, K.E., Watts, A., & Pothong, P. (2009).  A preventive intervention program for urban African American youth attending an alternative education program: Background, implementation, and feasibility. Education and Treatment of Children, 32(3), 445-469. [PMCID: PMC2801878]

Hanlon, T.E., Simon, B.D., O’Grady, K.E., Carswell, S.B., & Callaman, J.M. (2009).  The effectiveness of an after-school program targeting urban African American youth. Education and Urban Society, 42(1), 96-118. [PMCID: PMC2840398]

Carswell, S.B. (2007).  Delinquency Among African American Youth: Parental Attachment, Socioeconomic Status, and Peer Relationships. New York: LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC.

Carswell, S.B., & Carswell, M. A. (2007).  Meeting the physical, psychological, and social needs of African Americans following a disaster. In A. Marsella, J. Johnson, P.  Watson, & J. Gryczynski (Eds.), Ethnocultural Perspectives on Disaster and Trauma: Foundations, Issues, and Applications (pp. 39-71). New York, NY: Springer-Verlag.

Hanlon, T.E., Carswell, S.B., & Rose, M. (2007).  Research on the caretaking of children of incarcerated parents: Findings and their service delivery implications. Children and Youth Services Review, 29, 348-362. [PMCID: PMC2031863]

Hanlon, T.E., Bateman, R.W., O’Grady, K.E., Simon, B.D., & Carswell, S.B. (2004).  Antecedents and correlates of deviant activity in urban youth manifesting behavioral problems. Journal of Primary Prevention, 24, 285-310.

Battjes, R.J. & Carswell, S.B. (2002). Federal drug abuse treatment research priorities.  In C. Leukefeld, F. Tims, & D. Farabee (Eds.), Clinical and policy responses to drug offenders (pp. 348-361). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Hanlon, T.E., Bateman, R.W., Simon, B.D., O’Grady, K.E., & Carswell, S.B. (2002).  An early community-based intervention for the prevention of substance abuse and other delinquent behavior.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 31, 459-471.