Evette J. Ludman, PhD

Senior Research Associate


Recent publications

Curriculum vitae (CV)




Research interests and experience

  • Mental health: treatment engagement for bipolar disorder and depression; depression and comorbid medical conditions; peer support interventions; telephone interventions; motivational, cognitive behavioral, and problem solving approaches to mood disorders
  • Behavior change: brief behavioral interventions; outreach telephone interventions; cancer screening promotion/participation; motivational interviewing; obesity control and prevention; smoking cessation and prevention; self-management support; alcohol misuse
  • Chronic illness management: self-care; self-management support; patient-family self-management of chronic conditions
  • Health services & economics: collaborative approaches to transforming health care systems; implications of genetic information use in health care systems; provider training (CME)
  • Obesity: obesity and depression; obesity and preventive service use; obesity and depression among persons with diabetes; physical activity promotion
  • Cancer control: screening promotion/participation

Evette Ludman is a clinical psychologist whose research is about learning to see patients as they see themselves and harnessing their unique motivations for achieving a healthier life. With a focus on outreach and person-centered care, her work aims to improve treatment for common mental disorders and to motivate health-related behavior change.

In many large randomized trials of behavioral interventions, Dr. Ludman has played varied roles, ranging from clinical interventionist to principal investigator. Her diverse research portfolio includes innovative approaches to mental health treatment in primary care, including stepped, collaborative care; telephone psychotherapy and care management; and self-management support led by both peers and professionals. Since joining Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) in 1992, she has designed and evaluated many interventions to address behavioral risk factors, such as smoking, drinking, and obesity, as well as outreach campaigns to increase cancer screening. Dr. Ludman also has a growing research interest in the interplay between behavioral science, the health care delivery system, and using genetic information.

With unique depth to her expertise, Dr. Ludman is an enthusiastic mentor to junior scientists, serves as a reviewer for more than 25 journals, and was a standing member of the National Institute of Mental Health’s services research review committee. She also holds joint appointments as an affiliate investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and affiliate associate professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington.


Recent publications

Melville JL, Reed SD, Russo J, Croicu CA, Ludman E, Larocco-Cockburn A, Katon W. Improving care for depression in obstetrics and gynecology: a randomized controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol. 2014 May 6 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Whiteside U, Richards J, Steinfeld B, Simon G, Caka S, Tachibana C, Stuckey S, Ludman E. Online cognitive behavioral therapy for depressed primary care patients: a pilot feasibility project. Perm J. 2014 Spring;18(2):21-7.

Newton KM, Reed SD, Nekhyludov L, Grothaus LC, Ludman EJ, Ehrlich K, LaCroix AZ. Factors associated with successful discontinuation of hormone therapy. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014 May;23(5):382-8. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2012.4200. Epub 2014 Jan 20. 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

Wagner EH, Ludman EJ, Aiello Bowles EJ, Penfold R, Reid RJ, Rutter CM, Chubak J, McCorkle R. Nurse navigators in early cancer care: a randomized, controlled trial. J Clin Oncol. 2013 Nov 25. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Chubak J, Aiello Bowles EJ, Tuzzio L, Ludman E, Rutter CM, Reid RJ, Wagner EH. Perspectives of cancer survivors on the role of different healthcare providers in an integrated delivery system. J Cancer Surviv. 2013 Dec 19 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Simon GE, Rutter CM, Peterson D, Oliver M, Whiteside U, Operskalski B, Ludman EJ. Does response on the PHQ-9 depression questionnaire predict subsequent suicide attempt or suicide death? Psychiatr Serv. 2013 Dec 1;64(12):1195-202. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201200587. Epub 2013 Sep 16. PubMed

Rosenberg D, Lin E, Peterson D, Ludman E, Von Korff M, Katon W. Integrated medical care management and behavioral risk factor reduction for multicondition patients: behavioral outcomes of the TEAMcare trial. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2013 Nov 4. pii: S0163-8343(13)00309-5. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2013.10.017. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Fortney JC, Pyne JM, Simon GE, Ludman EJ. Response to White. Am J Psychiatry. 2013;170(8):926-7. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2013.13040471r. PubMed

Katon WJ, Young BA, Russo J, Lin EH, Ciechanowski P, Ludman EJ, Von Korff MR. Association of depression with increased risk of severe hypoglycemic episodes in patients with diabetes. Ann Fam Med. 2013;11(3):245-50. doi: 10.1370/afm.1501. PubMed

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