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

Biography

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

Whiteside U, Richards J, Huh D, Hidalgo R, Nordhauser R, Wong AJ, Zhang X, Luxton DD, Ellsworth M, Lezine D. Development and evaluation of a web-based resource for suicidal thoughts: nowmattersnow.org. J Med Internet Res. 2019 May 2;21(5):e13183. doi: 10.2196/13183. PubMed

Williams EC, McGinnis KA, Tate JP, Matson TE, Rubinsky AD, Bobb JF, Lapham GT, Edelman EJ, Catz SL, Satre DD, Bryant KJ, Marshall BDL, Kraemer KL, Bensley KM, Richards JE, Skanderson M, Justice AC, Fiellin DA, Bradley KA. HIV disease severity is sensitive to temporal changes in alcohol use: a national study of VA patients with HIV. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2019 Apr 6. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002049. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Richards JE, Whiteside U, Ludman EJ, Pabiniak C, Kirlin B, Hidalgo R, Simon G. Understanding Why Patients May Not Report Suicidal Ideation at a Health Care Visit Prior to a Suicide Attempt: A Qualitative Study. Psychiatr Serv. 2018 Nov 20:appips201800342. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201800342 [Epub ahead of print] PubMed

Glass JE, Bobb JF, Lee AK, Richards JE, Lapham GT, Ludman E, Achtmeyer C, Caldeiro RM, Parrish R, Williams EC, Lozano P, Bradley KA. Study protocol: a cluster-randomized trial implementing Sustained Patient-centered Alcohol-related Care (SPARC trial). Implement Sci. 2018;13(1):108. doi: 10.1186/s13012-018-0795-9. PubMed

Lapham GT, Lee AK, Caldeiro RM, Glass JE, Carrell DS, Richards JE, Bradley KA. Prevalence of behavioral health conditions across frequency of cannabis use among adult primary care patients in Washington state. J Gen Intern Med. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Nov;33(11):1833-1835. doi: 10.1007/s11606-018-4558-8. PubMed

 

News

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