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 Angerhofer Richards, PhD, MPH

Assistant Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Health Systems and Population Health, University of Washington School of Public Health

Twitter: @jangerhofer


Julie Richards, PhD, MPH, is passionate about improving care for mental health and substance use in partnership with people who provide and receive health care. She applies qualitative methods to inform what research questions we should be asking and how we should consider answering them. She employs statistical methods to inform implementation evaluations with a goal of optimizing care delivery and improving clinical practice effectiveness and patient outcomes. 

Dr. Richards recently received new grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to research firearm suicide prevention in health care systems via user-centered design and community-based participatory research. She also collaborates with multidisciplinary teams on a variety of mental health and addiction research projects, supports care delivery research partnerships, and mentors students at the University of Washington as an affiliate assistant professor.

Research interests and experience

Sparc trial tools

Resources for behavioral health integration

The SPARC trial successfully implemented behavioral health care into primary care. On our website, you can access tools for behavioral health integration, as well as frequently asked questions and publications.

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




Kaiser Permanente expands gun violence prevention work

Equity-focused research by Julie Angerhofer Richards, PhD, MPH, is among the work supported by $3.2 million.



Improving and advancing mental health care

KPWHRI researchers are contributing to better mental health care for people nationwide.

KPWHRI in the media

Julie Angerhofer Richards profiled for PSBJ award

She talks to suicide attempt survivors to advance prevention research

Puget Sound Business Journal, Dec. 6, 2023