Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute hosts regular seminars where our scientists and collaborators present their research findings.

All are welcome.

Left: Aruna Kamineni, PhD, MPH, with Ali Thomas, MD, of Washington Permanente Medical Group

Upcoming seminars and events

February 1, 2022

Value-Based Payment: Impact on Outcomes and Equity


The views expressed in the seminars and events hosted by KPWHRI do not necessarily reflect those of Kaiser Permanente

Speaker: Joshua M. Liao, MD, MSc, FACP (He/Him), is a board-certified internal medicine physician and faculty in the UW Schools of Medicine and Public Health, where he is also the Associate Chair for Health Systems in the Department of Medicine and the Medical Director of Payment Strategy at UW Medicine. He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Liao's scholarship focuses on how systems of financing and delivering care work together with human behavior to affect health outcomes. Equity in payment and care delivery redesign is a key focus of this portfolio, which spans multiple federally funded grants, policymaker collaborations, and advocacy work. His payment expertise includes service on the US Department of Health and Human Services' Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), as well as an advisor to the American Medical Association's RVU Update Committee (RUC).


Review of Dr. Liao’s research evaluating the association between payment models. Such as bundled payments and ACOs on patient outcomes and health disparities. Articulate areas of needed future work in payment and policy research.

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January 18, 2022

Adolescent Depression and Suicidality: Rethinking Intervention


The views expressed in the seminars and events hosted by KPWHRI do not necessarily reflect those of Kaiser Permanente

Speaker: Elizabeth McCauley, PhD, ABPP, (she/her). Clinically I serve as an Attending on the Psychiatry/Psychology CL service at SCH and a provider in the Crisis Care Clinic (CCC). The CCC is a new program we have developed specifically to address needs of suicidal youth and their families.  We are currently beginning a NIMH trial to study the efficacy of our CCC model of care as well as the Suicide Prevention Intervention- developed by Barbara Stanley and Greg Brown. My motivation to do this work in informed by a concern that in the face of suicidality our mental health system has been overly reliant on ED evaluations and inpatient hospitalizations that increase focus on medicalization of what for many youths are more transient issues related to poor emotion regulation skills in the face of environmental stressors.

  • Summarize current findings on the efficacy of psychotherapeutic interventions in addressing suicidality among youth.
  • Discuss strategies to improve treatment approaches and outcomes that are more equitable by moving away from over medicalizing mental health crises and expanding access to care.