Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom

Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom

Professor in the Program in Education

External address: 
B238 LSRC Building, Durham, NC 27710
Internal office address: 
Duke Box 3813, Durham, NC 27710
(919) 684-5181

Dr. Schwartz-Bloom is a co-principal investigator for the National Science Foundation Phase II Noyce Fellowship program.


The Schwartz-Bloom laboratory has completed 18 years of research investigating novel pharmacologic approaches to prevent neuronal death caused by cerebral ischemia associated with cardiac arrest and stroke. The group studied how GABA neurotransmission dysfunction contributes to the death of hippocampal neurons after ischemia in vivo or in vitro. Dr. Schwartz-Bloom’s research program continues now exclusively in science education, which she started in 1996. With funds provided by the Duke Provost in 2007, Dr. Schwartz-Bloom established Duke Center for Science Education, an umbrella for all Duke-related activities in science education. She coordinates Duke faculty and student interests in curriculum development, research, and outreach activities in science education for the K-16 grades. Dr. Schwartz-Bloom also directs RISE (Raising Interest in Science Education,, an office within the Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, where she develops and provides novel science education curricular materials in the area of pharmacology to the K-12 and college community. One of the major programs that she developed is the Pharmacology Education Partnership (, a series of pharmacology- and drug abuse-related science education modules for high school biology and chemistry students. Testing of over 15,000 high school students has revealed that student performance in biology and chemistry improves when they use the pharmacology curriculum developed by her team. Dr. Schwartz-Bloom provides several opportunities for Duke Pharmacology graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to obtain experience in teaching.


  • Ph.D., Georgetown University 1983

Schwartz-Bloom, R. "Science education: a neuroscientist's view of translational medicine." The Journal of Neuroscience : the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience 25.24 (June 2005): 5667-5669. Full Text

Lipkus, IM, Pollak, KI, McBride, CM, Schwartz-Bloom, R, Lyna, P, and Bloom, PN. "Assessing attitudinal ambivalence towards smoking and its association with desire to quit among teen smokers." Psychology and Health 20.3 (June 1, 2005): 373-387. Full Text

Pond, BB, Galeffi, F, Ahrens, R, and Schwartz-Bloom, RD. "Chloride transport inhibitors influence recovery from oxygen-glucose deprivation-induced cellular injury in adult hippocampus." Neuropharmacology 47.2 (August 2004): 253-262. Full Text

Lipkus, IM, McBride, CM, Pollak, KI, Schwartz-Bloom, RD, Tilson, E, and Bloom, PN. "A randomized trial comparing the effects of self-help materials and proactive telephone counseling on teen smoking cessation." Health Psychol 23.4 (July 2004): 397-406. Full Text

Galeffi, F, Sah, R, Pond, BB, George, A, and Schwartz-Bloom, RD. "Changes in intracellular chloride after oxygen-glucose deprivation of the adult hippocampal slice: effect of diazepam." J Neurosci 24.18 (May 5, 2004): 4478-4488. Full Text

Lipkus, IM, Skinner, CS, Green, LSG, Dement, J, Samsa, GP, and Ransohoff, D. "Modifying attributions of colorectal cancer risk." Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 13.4 (April 2004): 560-566.

Schwartz-Bloom, RD, and Halpin, MJ. "Integrating pharmacology topics in high school biology and chemistry classes improves performance." Journal of Research in Science Teaching 40.9 (November 1, 2003): 922-938. Full Text

Galeffi, F, Sah, R, and Schwartz-Bloom, RD. "Diazepam prevents changes in intracellular Cl- and Ca2+ and restores neuronal activity after ischemia in vitro." JOURNAL OF NEUROCHEMISTRY 81 (June 2002): 110-110.