Lynn L DeBar, PhD

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“U.S. health care systems still largely separate body and mind in treatment. My research aims to bridge that divide for patients with chronic conditions—supporting them in adopting sustainable lifestyle changes that best optimize their quality of life and broader functioning day-to-day.”

Lynn DeBar, PhD, MPH

Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Lynn.Debar@kp.org
206-287-2942

Biography

Lynn DeBar, PhD, MPH, is a clinical psychologist and behavioral health researcher. Her work in recent years has focused primarily on the health care service needs of patients with chronic pain, particularly those with complicating comorbid conditions. She conducts both large-scale epidemiological studies examining the impact of health care policies on patient receipt of pain-related behavioral health and complementary and integrative health services, and pragmatic trials of multidisciplinary biopsychosocial treatment approaches for primary care patients with pain. Dr. DeBar works closely with physicians at Kaiser Permanente and other health systems to ensure that her research findings make their way into clinical practice and to identify real-world clinical practices with the potential to improve service delivery through large-scale adoption of behavioral and lifestyle interventions.

Dr. DeBar serves on the National Advisory Council for the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and has been the principal investigator of projects funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institute of Mental Health, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Dr. DeBar holds a PhD in clinical and community psychology with an emphasis on health psychology from Yale University. Dr. DeBar also received an MPH from Oregon Health & Sciences University, where she focused on epidemiology and biostatistics. From 2002 to 2017, Dr. DeBar was on the faculty of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon. In 2017, she moved to Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute as a senior investigator. She has ongoing studies in both settings and plans to continue bridging the two research units. She is an affiliate professor in the University of Washington School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Research interests and experience

  • Chronic Illness Management

    Physical-mental health comorbidity, self-care, chronic pain, shared decision-making

  • Chronic Pain

    Synergistic combination of health services research and pragmatic clinical trials approaches

  • Behavior Change

    Promoting patient autonomy, supporting sustained self-management, use of technology-aided behavior change tools

  • Complementary & Integrative Health

    Use for pain conditions broadly, association with self-care, mind-body therapies, coordination of complementary and integrative health with conventional medical care

  • Mental Health

    Depression, anxiety, and chronic disease comorbidity, eating disorders

  • Health Services & Economics

     

  • Patient/Provider Interactions

  • Addictions

    Prevention and treatment

Recent publications

Scherrer JF, Ahmedani B, Autio K, DeBar L, Lustman PJ, Miller-Matero LR, Salas J, Secrest S, Sullivan MD, Wilson L, Skiold-Hanlin S. The prescription opioids and depression Pathways cohort study. J Psychiatr Brain Sci. 2020;5. pii: e200009. doi: 10.20900/jpbs.20200009. Epub 2020 Apr 28. PubMed

Hildebrandt T, Michaeledes A, Mayhew M, Greif R, Sysko R, Toro-Ramos T, DeBar L. Randomized controlled trial comparing health coach-delivered smartphone-guided self-help with standard care for adults with binge eating. Am J Psychiatry. 2020 Feb 1;177(2):134-142. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2019.19020184. PubMed

Mayhew M, Leo MC, Vollmer WM, DeBar LL, Kiernan M. Interactive group-based orientation sessions: a method to improve adherence and retention in pragmatic clinical trials.  Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2020 Jan 21;17:100527. doi: 10.1016/j.conctc.2020.100527. eCollection 2020 Mar. PubMed

Von Korff M, DeBar LL, Krebs EE, Kerns RD, Deyo RA, Keefe FJ. Graded chronic pain scale revised: mild, bothersome, and high impact chronic pain. Pain. 2019 Nov 20. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001758. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Gruß I, Firemark A, McMullen CK, Mayhew M, DeBar LL. Satisfaction with primary care providers and health care services among patients with chronic pain: a mixed-methods study. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Oct 21. pii: 10.1007/s11606-019-05339-2. doi: 10.1007/s11606-019-05339-2. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

 

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