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
McClure JB, Ludman E, Grothaus L, Pabiniak C, Richards J, Mohelnitzky A. Immediate and short-term impact of a brief motivational smoking intervention using a biomedical risk assessment: The Get PHIT trial. Nicotine Tob Res. 2009;11(4):394-403. Epub 2009 Mar 18. PubMed
Halperin AC, McAfee TA, Jack LM, Catz SL, McClure JB, Deprey TM, Richards J, Zbikowski SM, Swan GE. Impact of symptoms experienced by varenicline users on tobacco treatment in a real world setting. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2009 Jun;36(4):428-34. Epub 2008 Nov 11. PubMed
Richards J, Krantz E, Selke S, Wald A. Healthcare seeking and sexual behavior among patients with symptomatic newly acquired genital herpes. Sex Transm Dis. 2008;35(12):1015-21. PubMed
Gardella C, Barnes J, Magaret AS, Richards J, Drolette L, Wald A. Prenatal herpes simplex virus serologic screening beliefs and practices among obstetricians. Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Dec;110(6):1364-70. Erratum in: Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Feb;111(2 Pt 1):454. PubMed
McClure JB, Richards J, Westbrook EO, Pabiniak C, Ludman E. Research letter using a commercial mailing list to recruit smokers: a cautionary tale. Am J Prev Med. 2007;33(5):436-7. PubMed
The HCSRN conference is a venue for collaborative work to improve health and health care.
A new primary care approach improves alcohol-related preventive care as well as care for alcohol use disorder.
Forbes, Aug. 6, 2021