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

Riggs KR, Lozano P, Mohelnitzky A, Rudnick S, Richards J. An adaptation of family-based behavioral pediatric obesity treatment for a primary care setting: Group Health’s Family Wellness Program pilot. Perm J. 2014 Summer;18(3):4-10. doi: 10.7812/TPP/13-144. Epub 2014 Jun 9. PubMed

Whiteside U, Lungu A, Richards J, Simon GE, Clingan S, Siler J, Snyder L, Ludman E. Designing messaging to engage patients in an online suicide prevention intervention: survey results from patients with current suicidal ideation. J Med Internet Res. 2014 Feb 7;16(2):e42. doi: 10.2196/jmir.3173. PubMed

Rockhill CM, Katon W, Richards J, McCauley E, McCarty CA, Myaing MT, Zhou C, Richardson LP. What clinical differences distinguish depressed teens with and without comorbid externalizing problems? Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2013 Jul-Aug;35(4):444-7. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2013.04.002. Epub 2013 May 4. PubMed

Kohen R, Myaing MT, Richards J, Zhou C, McCauley EA, Katon W, Richardson LP. Depression persistence and serotonin transporter genotype in adolescents under usual care conditions. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2013;23(4):290-4. doi: 10.1089/cap.2011.0137. Epub 2013 May 6. PubMed

Richardson LP, McCauley E, McCarty CA, Grossman DC, Myaing M, Zhou C, Richards J, Rockhill C, Katon W. Predictors of persistence after a positive depression screen among adolescents. Pediatrics. 2012;130(6):e1541-8. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-0450. Epub 2012 Nov 19. 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