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

Thakral M, Walker RL, Saunders K, Shortreed SM, Dublin S, Parchman M, Hansen RN, Ludman E, Sherman KJ, Von Korff M. Impact of opioid dose reduction and risk mitigation initiatives on chronic opioid therapy patients at higher risk for opioid-related adverse outcomes. Pain Med. 2017 Dec 6. pii: 4689184. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnx293.[Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Loeb DF, Leister E, Ludman E, Binswanger IA, Crane L, Dickinson M, Kline DM, deGruy FV, Nease D, Bayliss EA. Factors associated with physician self-efficacy in mental illness management and team-based care. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2017 Nov 11;50:111-118. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2017.11.003. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Williams EC, Achtmeyer CE, Young JP, Berger D, Curran G, Bradley KA, Richards J, Siegel MB, Ludman EJ, Lapham GT, Forehand M, Harris AHS. Barriers to and facilitators of alcohol use disorder pharmacotherapy in primary care: a qualitative study in five VA clinics. J Gen Intern Med. 2017 Oct 30. doi: 10.1007/s11606-017-4202-z. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Thakral M, Walker RL, Saunders K, Shortreed SM, Parchman M, Hansen RN, Ludman E, Sherman KJ, Dublin S, Von Korff M. Comparing pain and depressive symptoms of chronic opioid therapy patients receiving dose reduction and risk mitigation initiatives to usual care. J Pain. 2017 Oct 13. pii: S1526-5900(17)30733-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2017.09.006. [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, GHRI mental health scientists describe how their work with UW psychiatry researchers changed treatment worldwide.

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