James Swain, MD

James Swain, MD

Psychiatry Ann Arbor, MI

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School

Office Address

  • 4250 Plymouth Rd
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109
    Phone: (734) 764-6443

James Swain, MD

Psychiatry Ann Arbor, MI

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Psychiatry: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Education & Training

  • Yale-New Haven HospitalYale-New Haven Hospital
  • University of Toronto Faculty of MedicineUniversity of Toronto Faculty of Medicine

Certifications & Licensure

  • MI State Medical LicenseMI State Medical License2009 - 2016

      Awards, Honors, & Recognition

      • Pilot Study AwardUniversity of Michigan Injury Center, 2014
      • Independent Investigator AwardNARSAD, 2013
      • “Making a Difference” Clinical Service AwardUniversity of Michigan, 2013

      Publications & Presentations


      Journal Articles

      • Empathy and Stress Related Neural Responses in Maternal Decision Making  Ho SS, Konrath S, Brown SL, Swain JE, Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience, 1/12/2014
      • Approaching the Biology of Human Parental Attachment: Brain Imaging, Oxytocin and Coordinated Assessments of Mothers and Fathers  Swain JE, Kim P, Spicer J, Ho SS, Dayton CJ, Elmadih A, Abel KM, Brain Research, 1/11/2014
      • Volitional regulation of emotion alters interrelationships between visual, attention control, and default networks  Sripada CS, Angstadt M, Kessler D, Phan KL, Liberzon I, Evans GW, Welsh R, Kim P, Swain JE, Neuroimage, 1/1/2014

      Books/Book Chapters

      • Creativity and Mental Illness Chapter: Non-Linearity in Creativity and Mental Illness: The Mixed Blessings of Chaos, Catastrophe and Noise in Brain and Behavior Page 133 - 144
        Swain JE and Swain JD
        Editors: Kaufman JC.Cambridge University Press
      • Moving Beyond Self Interest: Perspectives from Evolutionary Biology, Neuroscience, and the Social Sciences Chapter: Parental and Romantic Attachment Systems: Neural Circuits, Genes, and Experiential Contributions to Interpersonal Engagement Page 133 - 152
        Swain JE
        Editors: Brown SL, Brown RM, and Penner LA.Oxford University Press
      • Mind to Mind: Infant Research, Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis Chapter: Parent-Infant Attachment Systems: Neural Circuits, Genes, and Early-Life Programming Page 264 - 303
        Swain JE, Thomas P, Leckman JF, Mayes LC
        Editors: Jurist EJ, Slade A and Bergner S.Other Press, New York, NY


      • Brain Activity in Empathy and Approach-Motivation Domains for High-Risk Parents is Increased by Intervention and Inversely Related to Parenting Stress Swain JE, Ho SS, Dayton CJ, Rosenblum KL, Muzik M, Neuropsychopharmacology, 1/1/2014
      • Childhood Poverty Predicts Adult Amygdala-frontal Reactivity and Connectivity to Emotional Faces Javanbakht A, King A, Phan KL, Evans GW, Swain J, Angstadt M, Liberzon I, Neuropsychopharmacology, 1/1/2014
      • Parental Brain Function and Structure is Affected by Perceived Social Status and Early Life Experience Swain JE, Ho SS, Wang X, Varney R, Evans GW, Liberzon I, Biological Psychiatry, 1/1/2013


      • Relationship between infant cry pitch and maternal neural response is moderated by maternal anxiety and cry recognition 1/19/2015
      • The Role of Childhood Poverty Exposure in Neural Sensitivity to Baby Cries in Adulthood 1/19/2015
      • The Parental Brain and Infant Development 1/4/2015


      • Modulation of Synaptic Transmission by Protein Phosphatases. Ph.D. Thesis Swain JE, University of Toronto
      • The Effects of Okadaic acid, a Protein Phosphatase Inhibitor, on Synaptic Transmission at the Crayfish Neuromuscular Junction. M.Sc. Thesis Swain JE, University of Toronto

      Grant Support

      • Childhood Poverty And Brain Development: The Role Of Chronic Stress And ParentingNational Center On Minority Health And Health Disparities
        2009 - 2010
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