Evette J. Ludman, PhD

“Whose illness is it anyway, yours or your doctor’s? Our work is about how to keep yourself happy and healthy—outside of your doctor’s office.”

Evette J. Ludman, PhD

Senior Research Associate, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Biography

Evette Ludman, PhD, is a clinical psychologist whose research is about learning to see patients as they see themselves and harnessing their unique motivations for achieving a healthier life. With a focus on outreach and person-centered care, her work aims to improve treatment for common mental disorders and to motivate health-related behavior change.

In many large randomized trials of behavioral interventions, Dr. Ludman has played varied  roles, ranging from clinical interventionist to principal investigator. Her diverse research portfolio includes innovative approaches to mental health treatment in primary care, including stepped, collaborative care; telephone psychotherapy and care management; and self-management support led by both peers and professionals. Since joining Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) in 1992, she has designed and evaluated many interventions to address behavioral risk factors, such as smoking, drinking, and obesity, as well as outreach campaigns to increase cancer screening. Dr. Ludman also has a growing research interest in the interplay between behavioral science, the health care delivery system, and using  genetic information.

With unique depth to her expertise, Dr. Ludman is an enthusiastic mentor to junior scientists, serves as a reviewer for more than 25 journals, and was a standing member of the National  Institute of Mental Health’s services research review committee. She also holds joint appointments as an affiliate investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and affiliate associate professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington.

 

Research interests and experience

  • Mental Health

    Treatment engagement for bipolar  disorder and depression; depression and comorbid medical conditions; peer support interventions; telephone interventions; motivational, cognitive behavioral, and problem solving approaches to mood disorders

  • Behavior Change

    Brief behavioral interventions; outreach telephone interventions; cancer screening promotion/participation; motivational interviewing; obesity control and prevention; smoking cessation and prevention; self-management support; alcohol misuse

  • Chronic Illness Management

    Self-care; self-management support; patient-family self-management of chronic conditions

  • Health Services & Economics

    Collaborative approaches to transforming health care systems; implications of genetic information use in health care systems; provider training (CME)

  • Obesity

    Obesity and depression; obesity and preventive service use; obesity and depression among persons with diabetes; physical activity promotion

  • Cancer

    Screening promotion/participation

 

Recent publications

Richards JE, Whiteside U, Ludman EJ, Pabiniak C, Kirlin B, Hidalgo R, Simon G. Understanding why patients may not report suicidal ideation at a health care visit prior to a suicide attempt: a qualitative study. Psychiatr Serv. 2018 Nov 20:appips201800342. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201800342. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Dublin S, Walker RL, Shortreed SM, Ludman EJ, Sherman KJ, Hansen RN, Thakral M, Saunders K, Parchman ML, Von Korff M. Impact of initiatives to reduce prescription opioid risks on medically attended injuries in people using chronic opioid therapy. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2018 Oct 30. doi: 10.1002/pds.4678. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Antommaria AHM, Brothers KB, Myers JA, Feygin YB, Aufox SA, Brilliant MH, Conway P, Fullerton SM, Garrison NA, Horowitz CR, Jarvik GP, Li R, Ludman EJ, McCarty CA, McCormick JB, Mercaldo ND, Myers MF, Sanderson SC, Shrubsole MJ, Schildcrout JS, Williams JL, Smith ME, Clayton EW, Holm IA. Parents' attitudes toward consent and data sharing in biobanks: a multisite experimental survey. AJOB Empir Bioeth. 2018 Sep 21:1-15. doi: 10.1080/23294515.2018.1505783. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Von Korff M, Saunders K, Dublin S, Walker RL, Thakral M, Sherman KJ, Ludman EJ, Hansen RN, Parchman M, Shortreed SM. Impact of chronic opioid therapy risk reduction initiatives on opioid overdose. J Pain. 2018 Sep 3. pii: S1526-5900(18)30494-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2018.08.003. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

 

Prevention

How to keep guns—and troubled teens—safe

Dr. Grossman’s team has studied safe gun storage. But they found parents of adolescents with mental illness were no more likely to store guns safely.

Read about it in Healthy Findings.

Cancer

What young adults with advanced cancer are telling The Clare Project

Patients, families, caregivers, and providers are talking to researchers about care decisions and social media communities. Here’s what they’re saying.

Read about it in Healthy Findings.

Healthy Findings Blog

Oprah shines light on Henrietta Lacks and the ethics of genetic research

Dr. Evette Ludman talks about Oprah’s HBO production of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and the ethical issues still alive in genetic research today.

Read it in Healthy Findings

Latest News

How Group Health’s collaborative approach transformed depression care

In a group interview, our mental health scientists describe how their work with UW psychiatry researchers changed treatment worldwide.

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