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

Von Korff M, Walker RL, Saunders K, Shortreed SM, Thakral M, Parchman M, Hansen RN, Ludman E, Sherman KJ, Dublin S. Prevalence of prescription opioid use disorder among chronic opioid therapy patients after health plan opioid dose and risk reduction initiatives. Int J Drug Policy. 2017 Jun 27;46:90-98. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.05.053 [Epub ahead of print] PubMed

Bradley KA, Ludman EJ, Chavez LJ, Bobb JF, Ruedebusch SJ, Achtmeyer CE, Merrill JO, Saxon AJ, Caldeiro RM, Greenberg DM, Lee AK, Richards JE, Thomas RM, Matson TE, Williams EC, Hawkins E, Lapham G, Kivlahan DR. Patient-centered primary care for adults at high risk for AUDs: the Choosing Healthier Drinking Options In primary CarE (CHOICE) trial. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2017 May 17;12(1):15. doi: 10.1186/s13722-017-0080-2. PubMed

Tuzzio L, Ludman EJ, Chang E, Palazzo L, Abbott T, Wagner EH, Reid RJ, Design and implementation of a physician coaching pilot to promote value-based referrals to specialty care. Perm J. 2017;21. doi: 10.7812/TPP/16-066. PubMed

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

 

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Latest News

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