Julie Richards, PhD, MPH, recently received a new grant from the Kaiser Permanente Injury Prevention Taskforce to research patient-centered approaches to addressing firearm-related suicide risk. Dr. Richards is also engaged in several additional research projects on suicide prevention. They include an evaluation of National Zero Suicide Model implementation across six large health care systems providing care to approximately nine million patients, as well as a large pragmatic trial of population-based programs to prevent suicide attempts.
Dr. Richards is particularly interested in using qualitative and quantitative research methods to improve patient-centered care for stigmatized conditions. She has applied these interests to a broad range of research topics, including mental health, substance use, and sexually transmitted infections/diseases.
Firearm injury prevention; alcohol and drug misuse; tobacco cessation
Depression; alcohol and drug use disorders; suicide prevention; self-management
Quality improvement, implementation cost
Public and population health; screening effectiveness and uptake; evidence-based practice recommendations
Prevention and treatment
Halperin AC, McAfee TA, Jack LM, Catz SL, McClure JB, Deprey TM, Richards J, Zbikowski SM, Swan GE. Impact of symptoms experienced by varenicline users on tobacco treatment in a real world setting. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2009 Jun;36(4):428-34. Epub 2008 Nov 11. PubMed
Richards J, Krantz E, Selke S, Wald A. Healthcare seeking and sexual behavior among patients with symptomatic newly acquired genital herpes. Sex Transm Dis. 2008;35(12):1015-21. PubMed
Gardella C, Barnes J, Magaret AS, Richards J, Drolette L, Wald A. Prenatal herpes simplex virus serologic screening beliefs and practices among obstetricians. Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Dec;110(6):1364-70. Erratum in: Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Feb;111(2 Pt 1):454. PubMed
McClure JB, Richards J, Westbrook EO, Pabiniak C, Ludman E. Research letter using a commercial mailing list to recruit smokers: a cautionary tale. Am J Prev Med. 2007;33(5):436-7. PubMed
Richards J, Scholes D, Caka S, Drolette L, Magaret AM, Yarbro P, Lafferty W, Crosby R, Diclemente R, Wald A. HSV-2 serologic testing in an HMO population: uptake and psychosocial sequelae. Sex Transm Dis. 2007;34(9):718-25. PubMed
Honors from the Health Care Systems Research Network for early career achievements and manuscript of the year
A new study shows an opportunity to better identify patients at risk.
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