2015 Hoffman Memorial Lecture: Firearms, Mental Illness, and the Law: Keeping Guns from Risky People while Keeping Faith with the Second Amendment with Jeffrey Swanson

The Sixteenth P. Browning Hoffman Memorial Lecture in Law and Psychiatry was presented at the School of Law, University of Virginia, on October 7 2015. Jeffrey Swanson, Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine, presented on the topic Firearms, Mental Illness, and the Law:  Keeping Guns from Risky People while Keeping Faith with the Second Amendment.

Jeffrey Swanson is Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. He holds a PhD in sociology from Yale University. Dr. Swanson’s research is focused on building evidence for policies and laws to prevent firearm violence and to improve outcomes for adults with serious mental illnesses in the community. He received the 2011 Carl Taube Award from the American Public Health Association and the 2010 Eugene C. Hargrove, MD, Award from the North Carolina Psychiatric Foundation, both for outstanding career contributions to mental health research. He is currently principal investigator of a multi-state study on firearms laws, mental illness and prevention of gun violence, co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Brain and Behavior Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Program on Public Health Law Research (PHLR). 

Past Hoffman Lecturers

2013 - Laurence Steinberg PhD, Temple University

2011 - Kenneth Kendler MD, Virginia Commonwealth University

2009 - Elyn Saks JD, University of Southern California

2007 - Marvin Swartz MD, Duke University

2005 - Rebecca Dresser JD, Washington University at St Louis

2003 - Stephen J. Morse JD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

2001 - Semyon Gluzman MD, Ukrainian Psychiatric Association

1997 - Robert Burt JD, Yale University

1996 - John Gunn MD, University of London

1993 - Thomas Grisso PhD, University of Massachusetts

1992 - Paul Applebaum MD, University of Massachusetts

1988 - Loren Roth MD, MPH, University of Pittsburgh

1986 - Norval Morris LLB, LLM, PhD, University of Chicago

1984 - Seymour Halleck MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1983 (First Lecturer) - Alan Stone MD, Harvard University