Evette J. Ludman, PhD

“Whose illness is it anyway, yours or your doctor’s? Our work is about how to keep yourself happy and healthy—outside of your doctor’s office.”

Evette J. Ludman, PhD

Group Health Research Institute Senior Research Associate


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.


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

    Screening promotion/participation


Recent publications

Wright DR, Haaland WL, Ludman E, McCauley E, Lindenbaum J, Richardson LP. The costs and cost-effectiveness of collaborative care for adolescents with depression in primary care settings: a randomized clinical trial. lid - 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.1721 [doi] JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Sep 19. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.1721 [Epub ahead of print] PubMed

Heffner JL, Kealey KA, Marek PM, Bricker JB, Ludman EJ, Peterson AV. Proactive telephone counseling for adolescent smokers: comparing regular smokers with infrequent and occasional smokers on treatment receptivity, engagement, and outcomes. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Aug 1;165:229-35. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.06.014. Epub 2016 Jun 20. PubMed

Peterson AV, Marek PM, Kealey KA, Bricker JB, Ludman EJ, Heffner JL. Does effectiveness of adolescent smoking-cessation intervention endure into young adulthood? 7-year follow-up results from a group-randomized trial. PLoS One. 2016 Feb 1;11(2):e0146459. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146459. eCollection 2016. PubMed

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.


healthy findings blog

Team care for teen depression is found cost-effective

Dr. Evette Ludman describes how collaborative care pays off for adolescents who have depression.

Read it in Healthy Findings.

Health Informatics

It’s your digital information—shouldn’t you decide who uses it and how?

In our daily lives, we generate a trail of personal data. Dr. Andrea Hartzler is making sure we have a say in how our data are used. 

Read it in Healthy Findings.

mental health

Superman vs. Mighty Mouse? For suicide prevention, all super heroes are welcome

People struggling for survival don’t need research that pits antidepressants against psychotherapy, writes Dr. Greg Simon. They just need to get care that works for them.

Read it in Healthy Findings.