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.
Physical-mental health comorbidity, self-care, chronic pain, shared decision-making
Synergistic combination of health services research and pragmatic clinical trials approaches
Promoting patient autonomy, supporting sustained self-management, use of technology-aided behavior change tools
Use for pain conditions broadly, association with self-care, mind-body therapies, coordination of complementary and integrative health with conventional medical care
Depression, anxiety, and chronic disease comorbidity, eating disorders
Prevention and treatment
Hildebrandt T, Michaelides A, Mackinnon D, Greif R, DeBar L, Sysko R. Randomized controlled trial comparing smartphone assisted versus traditional guided self-help for adults with binge eating. Int J Eat Disord. 2017 Nov;50(11):1313-1322. doi: 10.1002/eat.22781. Epub 2017 Sep 27. PubMed
Weinfurt KP, Hernandez AF, Coronado GD, DeBar LL, Dember LM, Green BB, Heagerty PJ, Huang SS, James KT, Jarvik JG, Larson EB, Mor V, Platt R, Rosenthal GE, Septimus EJ, Simon GE, Staman KL, Sugarman J, Vazquez M, Zatzick D, Curtis LH. Pragmatic clinical trials embedded in healthcare systems: generalizable lessons from the NIH Collaboratory. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2017 Sep 18;17(1):144. doi: 10.1186/s12874-017-0420-7. PubMed
Zatzick D, Tuzzio L, Chambers D, Suls J, Darnell D, Coronado G, DeBar L, Green B, Huang S, Jarvik J, Septimus E, Simon G, Vazquez M. Dissemination and implementation: conceptualizing the challenge. In: Rethinking Clinical Trials: A Living Textbook of Pragmatic Clinical Trials. Bethesda, MD: NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory. DOI: 10.28929/072.
Elder CR, Debar LL, Ritenbaugh C, Rumptz MH, Patterson C, Bonifay A, Cowan P, Lancaster L, Deyo RA. Health care systems support to enhance patient-centered care: lessons from a primary care-based chronic pain management initiative. Perm J. 2017;21. doi: 10.7812/TPP/16-101. PubMed
Johnson ES, Dickerson JF, Vollmer WM, Rowley AM, Ritenbaugh C, Deyo RA, DeBar L. The feasibility of matching on a propensity score for acupuncture in a prospective cohort study of patients with chronic pain. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2017 Mar 16;17(1):42. doi: 10.1186/s12874-017-0318-4. PubMed
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NIH Collaboratory Living Textbook of Pragmatic Clinical Trials, Nov 1, 2019