Peggy Swarbrick, PhD, FAOTA
Dr Peggy Swarbrick, PhD, FAOTA, is the Associate Director of the Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies and a Research Professor in the Applied Department of Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. 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. As a co-investigator, consultant, and collaborator on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute grants as well as National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, National Institute of Mental Health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, she has contributed to significant research and been a lead for developing trainings and intervention manuals for many of these projects. Dr. Swarbrick has worked for many years at the Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey Wellness Institute a peer led agency. Dr Swarbrick earned a doctoral degree from New York University and completed an Advanced Training and Research fellowship, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.