Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Swarbrick

Associate Director of the Center of alcohol and Substance Use studies
Research Professor in the Applied Department
Office: SMH 222

Margaret (Peggy) Swarbrick, PhD, FAOTA, 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, self-care and more.  She developed a strength based 8-dimensional wellness model to promote recovery from mental health and substance use. Peggy 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 wellness. She has created self-care and 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. Peggy was a co-investigator on Perspectives on the International Classification of Diseases (11th revision); Using lived experience to improve mental health diagnoses in the United States: INCLUDE – US Study. Peggy worked for many years at the Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey Wellness Institute and has been teaching occupational therapy courses for many years.  Peggy received a doctoral degree at New York University and an Advanced Training and Research fellowship, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.