Julie Richards, PhD, MPH

Julie Richards

“My hope is that one day patient-centered care for mental health and substance use is the norm rather than the exception.” 

Julie Richards, PhD, MPH

Senior Collaborative Scientist, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Twitter: @jangerhofer


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.

Research interests and experience

Recent publications

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



HCSRN 2022 Awards-Portrait images of Julie Richards and Jen Nelson

Richards and Nelson earn research awards

Honors from the Health Care Systems Research Network for early career achievements and manuscript of the year

Suicide prevention

Doctor with patient sitting filling out form

‘Do you have access to guns?’ Answers before suicide death

A new study shows an opportunity to better identify patients at risk.

KPWHRI In the Media

A study led by Julie Richards, PhD, MPH, could help to advance efforts to prevent suicides from firearms.

Patients willing to discuss whether they own guns with their doctors, study suggests

Forbes, Aug. 6, 2021