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.
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
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
Equity-focused research by Julie Angerhofer Richards, PhD, MPH, is among the work supported by $3.2 million.
KPWHRI researchers are contributing to better mental health care for people nationwide.
Forbes, Aug. 6, 2021