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

Zhan, Ren-Zhi, et al. “Depressed responses to applied and synaptically-released GABA in CA1 pyramidal cells, but not in CA1 interneurons, after transient forebrain ischemia..” Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism : Official Journal of the International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, vol. 26, no. 1, Jan. 2006, pp. 112–24. Epmc, doi:10.1038/sj.jcbfm.9600171. Full Text

Schwartz-Bloom, Rochelle. “Science education: a neuroscientist's view of translational medicine..” The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, vol. 25, no. 24, June 2005, pp. 5667–69. Epmc, doi:10.1523/jneurosci.1693-05.2005. Full Text

Lipkus, I. M., et al. “Assessing attitudinal ambivalence towards smoking and its association with desire to quit among teen smokers.” Psychology and Health, vol. 20, no. 3, June 2005, pp. 373–87. Scopus, doi:10.1080/08870440512331333988. Full Text

Pond, Brooks B., et al. “Chloride transport inhibitors influence recovery from oxygen-glucose deprivation-induced cellular injury in adult hippocampus..” Neuropharmacology, vol. 47, no. 2, Aug. 2004, pp. 253–62. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.neuropharm.2004.04.002. Full Text

Lipkus, Isaac M., et al. “A randomized trial comparing the effects of self-help materials and proactive telephone counseling on teen smoking cessation..” Health Psychology : Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association, vol. 23, no. 4, July 2004, pp. 397–406. Epmc, doi:10.1037/0278-6133.23.4.397. Full Text

Galeffi, Francesca, et al. “Changes in intracellular chloride after oxygen-glucose deprivation of the adult hippocampal slice: effect of diazepam..” The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, vol. 24, no. 18, May 2004, pp. 4478–88. Epmc, doi:10.1523/jneurosci.0755-04.2004. Full Text

Lipkus, Isaac M., et al. “Modifying attributions of colorectal cancer risk..” Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention : A Publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, Cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology, vol. 13, no. 4, Apr. 2004, pp. 560–66.

Schwartz-Bloom, R. D., and M. J. Halpin. “Integrating pharmacology topics in high school biology and chemistry classes improves performance.” Journal of Research in Science Teaching, vol. 40, no. 9, Nov. 2003, pp. 922–38. Scopus, doi:10.1002/tea.10116. Full Text

Galeffi, F., et al. “Diazepam prevents changes in intracellular Cl- and Ca2+ and restores neuronal activity after ischemia in vitro.” Journal of Neurochemistry, vol. 81, BLACKWELL PUBLISHING LTD, June 2002, pp. 110–110.