Jürgen Unützer, MD, MA, MPH, is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and health services researcher. His work focuses on innovative models of care that integrate mental health and general medical services and on translating research on evidence-based mental health care into effective clinical and public health practice. He has more than 225 scientific publications and is the recipient of numerous federal and foundation grants and awards for his research to improve the health and mental health of populations through patient-centered integrated mental health services.
Dr. Unützer is professor and vice-chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington where he directs the Division of Integrated Care and Public Health. He also holds adjunct appointments as professor in the School of Public Health (Departments of Health Services and Global Health) and as affiliate investigator at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Unützer directs the AIMS Center dedicated to “Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions” and the IMPACT Program, which has supported the development, testing and implementation of an evidence-based program for depression treatment in more than 600 primary care practices in the United States and abroad. IMPACT has been shown in randomized controlled trials to double the effectiveness of usual care for depression while lowering long-term health care costs. In recent years, Dr. Unützer’s work has focused on developing local, regional, national, and global partnerships that support workforce development and capacity building in primary and behavioral health care.
Dr. Unützer has served as senior scientific advisor to the World Health Organization and as an advisor to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. He works with national and international organizations to improve behavioral health care for diverse populations. His awards include the Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars Award from the American Foundation for Aging Research, the Gerald L. Klerman Junior and Senior Investigator Awards from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, the Research Award from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the Oken Fellowship from the American Psychosomatic Society, and the David Solomon Award from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
Dr. Unützer trained in medicine (MD, Vanderbilt University), public policy (MA, University of Chicago), and public health / health services (MPH, University of Washington). He completed fellowships in Geriatric Psychiatry at UCLA and in Primary Care Psychiatry at the University of Washington.