Julie Richards, PhD, MPH, recently received a new grant from the Kaiser Permanente Injury Prevention Taskforce to research patient-centered approaches to addressing firearm-related suicide risk. Dr. Richards is also engaged in several additional research projects on suicide prevention. They include an evaluation of National Zero Suicide Model implementation across six large health care systems providing care to approximately nine million patients, as well as a large pragmatic trial of population-based programs to prevent suicide attempts.
Dr. Richards is particularly interested in using qualitative and quantitative research methods to improve patient-centered care for stigmatized conditions. She has applied these interests to a broad range of research topics, including mental health, substance use, and sexually transmitted infections/diseases.
Firearm injury prevention; alcohol and drug misuse; tobacco cessation
Depression; alcohol and drug use disorders; suicide prevention; self-management
Quality improvement, implementation cost
Public and population health; screening effectiveness and uptake; evidence-based practice recommendations
Prevention and treatment
Ludman EJ, Simon GE, Grothaus LC, Richards J, Whiteside U, Stewart C. Organized self-management support services for chronic depressive symptoms: a randomized controlled trial. Psychiatr Serv. 2016 Jan 1;67(1):29-36. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201400295. Epub 2015 Aug 17.
Simon GE, Beck A, Rossom R, Richards J, Kirlin B, King D, Shulman L, Ludman EJ, Penfold R, Shortreed SM, Whiteside U. Population-based outreach versus care as usual to prevent suicide attempt: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2016 Sep 15;17(1):452. doi: 10.1186/s13063-016-1566-z. PubMed
Lapham GT, Rubinsky AD, Shortreed SM, Hawkins EJ, Richards J, Williams EC, Berger D, Chavez LJ, Kivlahan DR, Bradley KA. Comparison of provider-documented and patient-reported brief intervention for unhealthy alcohol use in VA outpatients. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 Aug 1;153:159-66. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.05.027. Epub 2015 May 27. PubMed
Whiteside U, Lungu A, Richards J, Simon GE, Clingan S, Siler J, Snyder L, Ludman E. Figure correction: designing messaging to engage patients in an online suicide prevention intervention: survey results from patients with current suicidal ideation. J Med Internet Res. 2015 Apr 13;17(4):e69. doi: 10.2196/jmir.4412. PubMed
Johnson KE, Tachibana C, Coronado GD, Dember LM, Glasgow RE, Huang SS, Martin PJ, Richards J, Rosenthal G, Septimus E, Simon GE, Solberg L, Suls J, Thompson E, Larson EB. A guide to research partnerships for pragmatic clinical trials. BMJ. 2014;349:g6826 doi: 10.1136/bmj.g6826 [Epub 2014, Dec 1].
Honors from the Health Care Systems Research Network for early career achievements and manuscript of the year
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