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 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

Bombardier CH, Fann JR, Ludman EJ, Vannoy SD, Dyer JR, Barber JK, Temkin NR. The relations of cognitive, behavioral, and physical activity variables to depression severity in traumatic brain injury: reanalysis of data from a randomized controlled trial. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2017 Feb 10. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000288. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Sanderson SC, Brothers KB, Mercaldo ND, Clayton EW, Antommaria AH, Aufox SA, Brilliant MH, Campos D, Carrell DS, Connolly J, Conway P, Fullerton SM, Garrison NA, Horowitz CR, Jarvik GP, Kaufman D, Kitchner TE, Li R, Ludman EJ, McCarty CA, McCormick JB, McManus VD, Myers MF, Scrol A, Williams JL, Shrubsole MJ, Schildcrout JS, Smith ME, Holm IA. Public attitudes toward consent and data sharing in biobank research: a large multi-site experimental survey in the US. Am J Hum Genet. 2017 Feb 4. pii: S0002-9297(17)30021-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2017.01.021. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Dimidjian S, Goodman SH, Sherwood NE, Simon GE, Ludman E, Gallop R, Welch SS, Boggs JM, Metcalf CA, Hubley S, Powers JD, Beck A. A pragmatic randomized clinical trial of behavioral activation for depressed pregnant women. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2017;85(1):26-36. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000151. PubMed

Loeb DF, Crane LA, Leister E, Bayliss EA, Ludman EJ, Binswanger IA, Kline DM, Smith M, deGruy FV, Nease DE, Dickinson LM. Development and initial validation of primary care provider mental illness management and team-based self-efficacy scales. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2017 Mar-Apr;45:44-50. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2016.12.005. Epub 2016 Dec 22. PubMed

 

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.

Read it in News and Events.

Health Informatics

It’s your digital information—shouldn’t you decide who uses it and how?

In our daily lives, we generate a trail of personal data. Dr. Andrea Hartzler is making sure we have a say in how our data are used. 

Read it in Healthy Findings.

mental health

Superman vs. Mighty Mouse? For suicide prevention, all super heroes are welcome

People struggling for survival don’t need research that pits antidepressants against psychotherapy, writes Dr. Greg Simon. They just need to get care that works for them.

Read it in Healthy Findings.