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
Simon GE, Richards JE, Whiteside U. Reframing the key questions regarding screening for suicide risk. JAMA. 2023 Jun 20;329(23):2026-2027. doi: 10.1001/jama.2023.7241. PubMed
Chavez LJ, Richards JE, Fishman P, Yeung K, Renz A, Quintana LM, Massimino S, Penfold RB. Cost of implementing an evidence-based intervention to support safer use of antipsychotics in youth. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2023 Sep;50(5):725-733. doi: 10.1007/s10488-023-01273-y. Epub 2023 Jun 1. PubMed
Lee AK, Bobb JF, Richards JE, Achtmeyer CE, Ludman E, Oliver M, Caldeiro RM, Parrish R, Lozano PM, Lapham GT, Williams EC, Glass JE, Bradley KA. Integrating alcohol-related prevention and treatment into primary care: A cluster randomized implementation trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2023 Apr 1;183(4):e227083. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2022.7083. PubMed
Yarborough BJH, Stumbo SP, Schneider J, Richards JE, Hooker SA, Rossom R. Clinical implementation of suicide risk prediction models in healthcare: A qualitative study. BMC Psychiatry. 2022 Dec 14;22(1):789. doi: 10.1186/s12888-022-04400-5. PubMed
Richards JE, Yarborough BJH, Holden E, Shulman L, Stumbo SP, Coley Y, Simon GE. Implementation of suicide risk estimation analytics to support mental health care for quality improvement. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Dec 1;5(12):e2247195. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.47195. 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