Evette J. Ludman, PhD
Senior Research Associate
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.
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 Sep 16. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201200587 [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
Horner K, Ludman E, McCorkle R, Canfield E, Flaherty L, Min J, Miyoshi J, Lapham B, Bowles EA, Wagner E. An oncology nurse navigator program designed to eliminate gaps in early cancer care. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2013 Feb 1;17(1):43-8. PubMed
Davydow DS, Katon WJ, Lin EH, Ciechanowski P, Ludman E, Oliver M, Von Korff M. Depression and risk of hospitalizations for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions in patients with diabetes. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Jul;28(7):921-9.doi: 10.1007/s11606-013-2336-1. Epub 2013 Jan 17. PubMed
Ludman EJ, Peterson D, Katon WJ, Lin EH, Von Korff M, Ciechanowski P, Young B, Gensichen J. Improving confidence for self care in patients with depression and chronic illnesses. Behav Med. 2013;39(1):1-6. doi: 10.1080/08964289.2012.708682. PubMed
Aisenberg E, Dwight-Johnson M, O'Brien M, Ludman EJ, Golinelli D. Building a community-academic partnership: implementing a community-based trial of telephone cognitive behavioral therapy for rural Latinos. Depress Res Treat. 2012;2012:257858. doi: 10.1155/2012/257858. Epub 2012 Sep 19. PubMed
Fishman PA, Ding V, Hubbard R, Ludman EJ, Pabiniak C, Stewart C, Morales L, Simon GE. Impact of deductibles on initiation and continuation of psychotherapy for treatment of depression. Health Serv Res. 2012 Aug;47(4):1561-79. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2012.01388.x. Epub 2012 Feb 29. PubMed
Arterburn D, Westbrook EO, Ludman EJ, Operskalski B, Linde JA, Rohde P, Jeffery RW, Simon GE. Relationship between obesity, depression, and disability in middle-aged women. Obes Res Clin Pract. 2012;6(3):e197-e206. Epub 2012 Mar 3. PubMed
Simon GE, Imel ZE, Ludman EJ, Steinfeld BJ. Is dropout after a first psychotherapy visit always a bad outcome? Psychiatr Serv. 2012;63(7):705-7. PubMed
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