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.
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
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
Self-care; self-management support; patient-family self-management of chronic conditions
Collaborative approaches to transforming health care systems; implications of genetic information use in health care systems; provider training (CME)
Obesity and depression; obesity and preventive service use; obesity and depression among persons with diabetes; physical activity promotion
Ludman EJ, Simon GE, Grothaus LC, Richards J, Whiteside U, Stewart C. Organized self-management support services for chronic depressive symptoms: a randomized controlled trial. Psychiatr Serv. 2016 Jan 1;67(1):29-36. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201400295. Epub 2015 Aug 17.
Wright DR, Katon WJ, Ludman E, McCauley E, Oliver M, Lindenbaum J, Richardson LP. Association of adolescent depressive symptoms with health care utilization and payer-incurred expenditures. Acad Pediatr. 2016 Jan-Feb;16(1):82-9. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2015.08.013. Epub 2015 Oct 9. PubMed
Wright DR, Katon WJ, Ludman E, McCauley E, Oliver M, Lindenbaum J, Richardson LP. The association of adolescent depressive symptoms with healthcare utilization and payer-incurred expenditures. Acad Pediatr. 2015 Oct 8. pii: S1876-2859(15)00280-6. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2015.08.013. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Jones SM, Rosenberg D, Ludman E, Arterburn D. Medical comorbidity and psychotropic medication fills in older adults with breast or prostate cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2015 Feb 27 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
GHRI researchers are partnering with leaders in Behavioral Health Support Services at Group Health to revolutionize care for unhealthy alcohol use.
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Randomized controlled trial including peer support helps patients at Group Health and Swedish Medical Center.