Swartz obtained his PhD at University
of Cape Town in 1990 and is a professor of psychology. His interests
span the fields of mental health and disability studies, and he was
central in establishing the Centre for Public Mental Health in
collaboration with University of Cape Town. Recent publications include Disability and International Development (co-edited with Mac MacLachlan, Springer 2009), and Able Bodied: Scenes from a Curious Life (Zebra, 2010). He serves on the editorial boards of a number of international journals, is editor-in- chief of African Journal of Disability,
and has received awards for research and for publications. He received a
Fulbright Fellowship to work on culture and mental health at Harvard
University in 2002-3, and his international consulting work includes an
evaluation of the Australian Transcultural Mental Health Network for the
Australian Commonwealth Government. He is currently researching on
access to health care for people from vulnerable groups in four African
countries, language access to mental health care, and building research
capacity Disabled People's Organizations in southern Africa.
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