Dallas Swendeman, PhD, MPH

Core Director, Development Core

Dallas Swendeman, PhD, MPH, focused on medical and psychological anthropology during his undergraduate training. He then worked as a field interviewer, project coordinator and project director on a half dozen NIH funded research and intervention projects over 10 years focusing on adolescent and geriatric mental health, young adults living with HIV, mothers living with HIV and their children, and sex workers in India.  Dr. Swendeman’s graduate studies in Public Health focused on multi-level research methods (i.e., mixed methods & multi-level statistical methods) and intervention strategies applied to HIV testing organizations in Los Angelesand interventions with sex workers in Indiaand male clients of sex workers in the Philippines. His work in Indiahas resulted in a 10 year and ongoing mixed-methods research collaboration with the Sonagachi Project in West Bengal, India (www.durbar.com & Sonagachi). In connection with this work, Dr. Swendeman is a member of the UC Global Health Institute’s Center of Expertise in Women’s Health and Empowerment (http://www.ucghi.universityofcalifornia.edu/coes/womens-health/index.aspx). Over the past three years, his work has focused on innovative methods for research and intervention using mobile phone and internet technologies in a participatory framework, specifically in collaboration with computer scientists at UCLA (http://research.cens.ucla.edu/). This work focuses on development of an open-source and highly tailorable smartphone application and web-based visualization platform called AndWellness (https://andwellness.cens.ucla.edu/app/login.jsp). Dr. Swendeman is currently directing the adaptation of this platform tailored to medication use, sexual risks, substance use, and mental health (mood, stress) for people living with HIV in Los Angeles. Dr. Swendeman also has interests in child and family wellbeing for early prevention and intervention. He directs the scientific development of family coaching programs at the UCLA Family Commons (www.uclacommons.com) and supports maternal and child health and HIV prevention research in South Africa with Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus (Philani (Pregnant Women: Capetown) & Masihambisane (Pregnant Women: KZN). Dr. Swendeman was awarded a William T. Grant Scholar award in 2011 to develop an AndWellness adaptation for child and parent wellbeing focused on the influence of settings and daily routines.  He was also recently awarded an R21 grant from NIAID to develop a mobile phone support system via text-messaging and interactive voice response technology for people living with HIV in India, in collaboration with Durbar/Sonagachi and the mHealth technology company, Dimagi (www.dimagi.com).

Contact: dswendeman@mednet.ucla.edu