Dr. Ted Swing

dr-ted-swingDr. Ted Swing has served as the research director for Arizona Pain Specialists since 2012. Prior to making the move to Arizona, he earned his master’s degree in psychology at Iowa State University, followed by his doctorate in social psychology (also from ISU). Swing’s studies toward his bachelor of arts in psychology were completed at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., where he was a Webster’s Scholar and Psi Chi Honors Society member, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2005.

Swing has a wealth of experience in performing detailed research and communicating findings, having instructed numerous university-level courses on psychology, social psychology, applied psychology, and social cognition. With much of his graduate work centered on the effects of television and video games on today’s society, Swing is an expert on the psychological ramifications of violence in video games and other media.

He has co-authored a multitude of peer-reviewed journal articles, web articles, book chapters, conference posters, and presentations on the subject and related topics, including:

  • The link between video game playing and attention problems
  • The effects of violent video games on aggression, empathy, and pro-social behavior
  • Media violence effects on learning

In 2010 the International Society for Research on Aggression awarded him with the Lagerspetz Award for Outstanding Conference Poster.

Additionally, Swing has contributed to coverage by such prominent news outlets as CNN, USA Today, MSN, and Healthcare Today, as well as served as a reviewer for journals dedicated to the disciplines of aggressive behavior, pediatrics, and adolescent medicine, developmental science, applied social psychology, autism and developmental disorders, children and media, and others.

His professional affiliations past and present include the Association for Psychological Science, International Society for Research on Aggression, and the American Psychological Association.

Daniel Belton

DANIEL-RESEARCH-APDaniel has been working for Arizona Pain as a research assistant since July 2016.  Prior to working in a clinical research setting, Daniel earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Arizona State University.  He has a strong interest in psychopathological research and has conducted research on impulsivity, impaired control and how they mediate the relationship between childhood trauma and alcohol-related problems.

Daniel is also engaged in research related to the effects of childhood maltreatment on changes in cognitive functioning in older adults.

Daniel has been working with various addictions and developmental researchers at Arizona State University.  In 2016, he presented posters at both the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in which his psychology presentation received first place and at the Research Society on Alcoholism.

He co-authored a peer review journal articles on the effects of parenting styles on bullying outcomes and how they relate to alcohol-related problems later in life.  He also wrote an encyclopedia article on social intelligence.

Currently, Daniel is also working with several peers on journal articles related to various topics within the addictions field.

As a research assistant, Daniel has coordinated several clinical trials of new chronic pain treatments.