Spring 2016 edition of the Integrated Care Pathway Newsletter
Research Networking Group

Featured Faculty Member

Kari Stephens, PhD
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 
UW Medical Center -- Center for Pain Relief 

Integrated Care Interests
I am a practicing clinical psychologist, clinical researcher, and biomedical informaticist, meaning I do lots of research with electronic health data, particularly in primary care settings with disparate electronic health record systems to help us achieve a learning healthcare system.

I lead Data QUEST, a data network in our WWAMI region across our practice-based research network, the WPRN, and we conduct many research projects to improve primary care. I’ve also disseminated evidence-based behavioral treatments to integrated care teams in community health clinics, including training hundreds of behavioral health specialists and primary care providers.

I’m especially interested in developing tools that leverage data science methods like data visualization and deep learning methods to better mine data to improve health in primary care.

Highlighted Project
I lead a planning project for the Department of Labor and Industries to develop a new integrated care program for injured workers in Washington State targeting pain and behavioral health in primary care.

Favorite Northwest Treasure
I hail from West Seattle and Alki is at the north tip – a visit can feel like a mini vacation at the beach (rain or shine) – if you haven’t been, check it out!

Contact information

Phone: (206) 221.0349

It's Not Too Late To Apply for an APM Trainee Travel Award or Webb Fellowship

Applications are still being accepted for the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine's (APM) trainee travel award. To see past recipients or to apply for the trainee award, please visit the APM website.

The APM's Webb Fellowship is also accepting applications. This fellowship is designed to foster the career development and leadership potential of psychiatry residents and psychosomatic medicine fellows. 

The deadline for submitting applications for the trainee travel award and Webb fellowship are Friday, July 1, 2016.

New Integrated Care Book Published

A new book, Integrated Care: Creating Effective Mental and Primary Health Care Teams, provides the first comprehensive guide for teams to integrate effective mental health care into primary care clinics.

It includes practical information, skills, and clinical approaches needed to implement Collaborative Care. Importantly, it provides a common resource and framework for all members of the care team including care managers, psychiatrists, primary care providers, and administrators.

Editors include UW psychiatrists Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD; Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA; and the late Wayne Katon, MD; and Kari Stephens, PhD.

Welcome To Our Integrated Care Fellows

Seeta Patel, MD earned her MD from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She is completing her residency at Harvard South Shore, where she is the Chief Resident. Dr. Patel will join us as an Integrated Care Training Program Fellow on July 1.

Sara Haack, MD, MPH earned an MPH from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and her MD from the University of Michigan. She completed a general surgery residency at the University of Utah Hospital and is currently a psychiatry resident here at the UW. Dr. Haack will begin her fellowship on August 1.


When: May 2, 2016
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Where: UWMC BB1640

Attend the final Integrated Care Pathway Journal Club Meeting for 2015-2016! Network, enjoy a light dinner, and learn about a research article.

At the May meeting, we're delighted to have Evette Ludman, PhD join us for a discussion of her recent paper,
Organized Self-Management Support Services for Chronic Depressive Symptoms: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

You are welcome to join even if you have not yet read the article. We hope to see you there!



The Integrated Care Pathway is entering its 5th year and journal clubs will resume in fall 2016!


Congratulations to one of our first graduates with an Area of Distinction in Integrated Care, Amritha Bhat, MD! Dr. Bhat co-leads the perinatal psychiatry clinic with Deb Cowley, MD.
New Study
Read about Dr. Pat Areán's BRIGHTEN study that provided depression interventions by smartphone.

New Article
Joseph Cerimele, MD, MPH wrote a Psychiatric News column giving an overview of the treatment of bipolar disorder in primary care


Questions about the Integrated Care Pathway at University of Washington? Interested in sharing a project or news? Please email co-leaders Anna Ratzliff, ( or Amy Bauer (


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