Alexander Blount, EdD, is director of the Center for Integrated Primary Care, professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry, and director of behavioral science in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. He teaches physicians the psychosocial skills of primary care practice and trains post-doctoral fellows in clinical health psychology in primary care. At the Center for Integrated Primary Care, he has developed training programs in primary care behavioral health and integrated care management that have already trained 2,000 people for the workforce needs of the transformation of health care.
He is a member of the National Integration Academy Council of the National Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care sponsored by the U.S. Agency for Health Research and Quality. He is currently leading the expert panel on the Academy’s research into the competencies displayed in settings practicing exemplary integration. He has worked in Massachusetts on state-sponsored projects helping practices transform to the patient-centered medical home, on developing the integrated clinical model for state- sponsored transition to payment methodologies and on providing technical assistance to practices making the transformation to integrated primary care. His books include Integrated Primary Care: The Future of Medical and Mental Health Collaboration and Knowledge Acquisition, co-written with James Brule. Dr. Blount is past president of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA), a national multidisciplinary organization promoting the inclusion of mental health services in medical settings and he is past editor of Families, Systems and Health, a CFHA journal.