Dr. Harold (Hank) Schwartz

Psychiatrist-in-chief, The Institute of Living

Dr. Harold (Hank) Schwartz is psychiatrist-in-chief at The Institute of Living (IOL) and vice president of Behavioral He ...More alth for Hartford HealthCare. The Institute of Living is Connecticut’s oldest and most prestigious behavioral health care institution.Dr. Schwartz also is professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and adjunct professor of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. He has been director of the Department of Psychiatry at Hartford Hospital since 1989, assuming his duties at the IOL in 1994 following a merger of the institutions. Before coming to Hartford Hospital, he was chief of psychiatric outpatient services, chief of the program in psychiatry and law, and unit chief of adult psychiatry services at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.In his role at the Institute of Living, Dr. Schwartz leads a full-service psychiatric hospital system with an extensive continuum of clinical and training programs and multiple research centers and institutes. In recent years, he established the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center, a state-of-the-art, brain-imaging center devoted to research on severe mental illness. He also established the Anxiety Disorders Center with clinical and research programs in cognitive behavioral therapy and anxiety disorders. In addition, Dr. Schwartz serves as chair of the Hartford Hospital Ethics Committee.Dr. Schwartz is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, most recently the “Exceptional Leadership Award” from the Institute of Living Board of Directors in recognition of his many contributions to the institute and Hartford Hospital. He has held several academic appointments, including the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and Cornell University Medical College.Dr. Schwartz has published extensively, primarily on issues at the interface of psychiatry, law, ethics and public policy. His early scholarship focused on issues such as informed consent and competency and on clinical and policy issues relevant to involuntary commitment and involuntary medication. His book Psychiatric Practice Under Fire: The Influence of Government, the Media and Special Interests on Somatic Therapies was published by the American Psychiatric Press Inc. in 1994 and received an honorable mention in the Guttmacher Prize competition. More recently, he has focused on end-of-life issues, leadership and management of psychiatric services, and neurosciences.Dr. Schwartz has served in many capacities as an advocate for psychiatric patients, psychiatric services and the profession of psychiatry. He is a past president of the Connecticut Psychiatric Society where he has served as legislative chair for 20 years. Among other roles, he has served as president of the Tri-State Chapter of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and on the board of directors of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems. Locally, he serves on the board of Chrysalis Center Inc. and as chairman of the board of Real Art Ways. He is a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.Dr. Schwartz was a member of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Mental Health and serves on the Governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission.Dr. Schwartz graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his fellowship in psychiatry and law at New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center and his internship and psychiatric residency at New York Hospital / Cornell Medical Center and at Payne Whitney Clinic in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at Queens College, City University of New York....Less

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Dr. Schwartz to Step Down From Institute of Living Leadership

Harold I. (Hank) Schwartz, MD, Psychiatrist-in-Chief for the Institute of Living (IOL) and Vice President of Behavioral Health for Hartford HealthCare will step down from his leadership roles on Sept. 30. He will remain part-time as Psychiatrist-in-Chief Emeritus. Dr. Schwartz has had a long and illustrious career that is impossible...


What’s Wrong (and Right) with ’13 Reasons Why’

Episode screening, discussion to be held Nov. 29 at NFA NORWICH – With a sequel to the controversial Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” on the horizon, the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network will hold a town hall discussion on Nov. 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in Norwich Free Academy’s Slater Auditorium,...

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Brain-Imaging Research At IOL: ADHD A Collection Of Disorders

Researchers have found that patients with different types of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, have impairments in unique brain systems, suggesting there may not be a one-size-fits-all explanation for the cause of the disorder. The study has the potential to radically reframe how researchers think about ADHD. The study was published...


Teen Suicide: Town Hall Discussions In Norwich

The Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why,” based on a young-adult novel in which the protagonist, Hannah, commits suicide and leaves behind a cassette tape detailing the reasons why she did it, will begin a second season in 2018.  Although details about the sequel have been scarce, many have criticized...


Preventing Teen Suicide

It’s a serious subject that some people avoid talking about – but it needs to be spoken of regularly for the purpose of saving lives! That topic is suicide. It is the second-leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults. Dr. Harold I. (Hank) Schwartz is the psychiatrist-in-chief at...


’13 Reasons’ Screening, Panel Discussion June 12 At Real Art Ways

The Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network (BHN) is hosting a community screening and forum called “What’s Wrong (and Right) with ‘13 Reasons Why’” on June 12 at 6 p.m. at Real Art Ways in Hartford. The event features a screening of an episode of “13 Reasons Why” followed by a...


’13 Reasons Why’ Risks Copycat Suicides

This op-ed was originally published May 15 in The Hartford Courant. It is reproduced here with permission.  By Dr. Harold I. Schwartz Public discussion about suicide is to be embraced, not avoided. The devil, as always, is in the details. Which brings us to “13 Reasons Why,” the Netflix series about the...


IOL’s Schwartz On CBS’s Sandy Hook Report: ‘End The Code Of Silence’

Dr. Harold I. (Hank) Schwartz, psychiatrist-in-chief at the Institute of Living, appeared on the “CBS Evening News” Dec. 14 to discuss the four-year anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the lessons that have been learned in the aftermath. Dr. Schwartz, who co-authored a comprehensive 2014 report on...