Dr. Brian Swanson, Psy.D., J.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Cal. License No. PSY 25582

Cal. Bar No. 204652


Office:  (818) 971-9446

​Mobile: (626) 470-3568

Swanson Psychology, Inc.
A PSychological Corporation

About Dr. Swanson


Brian Swanson, Psy.D., J.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist
(PSY 25582) specializing in the treatment of mood and anxiety
disorders, and associated behavioral challenges, for children,
adolescents, young adults and their families.  Dr. Swanson
earned his Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, as well as
his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology, with an
emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Pepperdine
University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology.

In addition to his private practice with Swanson Psychology,
Inc., Dr. Swanson serves as an adjunct faculty member with
Pepperdine University, providing instruction for courses
primarily targeting the integration of psychological theory
and clinical practice, including the development of inter-
personal skills and optimal assessment and treatment
strategies associated with the provision of effective therapy.
​Prior to his current work, Dr. Swanson provided mental health
​services for transitional age youth recently emancipated from
group and foster care placements with Hathaway-Sycamores
Child and Family Services’ Transitional Independent Living
Program. Dr. Swanson received specialized clinical training
with child and adolescent clients with prior experiences of
severe trauma and explosive behavioral challenges during his
APA-accredited internship with Pacific Clinics, Monrovia
Intensive Treatment Program.  He received comprehensive
clinical training relating to the treatment of mood and anxiety
disorders, personality ​disorders, and psychosis during his externship with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  He worked with adolescents and young adults experiencing initial and advanced stages of psychosis through his training at the University of California, Los Angeles, Center for the Assessment and Prevention of Prodromal States (UCLA CAPPS).  Dr. Swanson worked with individuals suffering from schizophrenia, as well as various mood, personality, and substance-related disorders, at the Brotman Medical Center, Intensive Outpatient Program and Exodus Recovery Center.  Finally, Dr. Swanson gained significant clinical training within the private practice setting, focusing primarily upon the treatment of children, teens and young adults presenting with a wide range of emotional and behavioral challenges, including various mood and pervasive developmental disorders.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Swanson received excellent assessment training at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), where he assessed children with various forms of developmental disorders.  He also received specialized assessment training for mild traumatic brain injuries and other cognitive impairments, including sports-related injuries and the early features of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, at the Sports Concussion Institute.  In addition to his clinical and assessment work, Dr. Swanson has authored and collaborated with colleagues to publish several articles and other works, and has recently been published in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry.

​Dr. Swanson is also a licensed attorney (California Bar No. 204652) and practiced for approximately seven years as a litigation attorney, specializing in corporate, employment, and property-related disputes, and a myriad of other professional liability matters.  He received his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego, School of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles.  In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Swanson was also a collegiate student-athlete during his years of playing the defensive end position as a member of the UCLA Football team (1989-92).  Dr. Swanson served for several years as a member of the Board of Directors and Chief Financial Officer for Pacific Asian Counseling Services (PACS), a non-profit community mental health agency serving the mental health needs of children and families within the immigrant Asian Pacific Islander populations.