Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD

Personal Statement

I am a national expert on collaborative care and specifically, on training teams to implement and deliver mental health treatment in primary care settings. My passion for translating complex research ideas into practical real-world applications began when I received my MD and PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of California at Irvine. I am currently a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington where I have developed additional expertise in suicide prevention training, mental health workforce development, adult learning best practices, and mentorship. I am the Co-Director of the AIMS Center (Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions) and Director of the UW Integrated Care Training Program for residents and fellows.

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Teaching Philosophy

I am passionate about teaching and find that my work as a clinician teacher allows me to integrate education into all facets of my work, As a clinician, I am able to partner with my patients to help them make decisions about their health. Working as an academic psychiatrist, I have the opportunity to mentor residents as well as share in peer learning. In all of these roles, I believe the ideas that the learner should be an active contributor to the learning process, that learning should focus on solving real problems and that evaluation facilitates continuous improvement in my educational approach to guide my work as an educator.

Recent Publications

Behavioral Health Workforce Development in Washington State: Addition of a Behavioral Health Support Specialist.
(2024 Apr 15)
Psychiatr Serv
O'Connell WP, Renn BN, Areán PA, Raue PJ, Ratzliff A

Does Screening for Opioid Use Disorder in Primary Care Increase the Percentage of Patients With a New Diagnosis?
(2023 Oct)
Ann Intern Med 176(10): 1431-1433
Fortney JC, Ratzliff AD, Blanchard BE, Johnson M, Ferro L, Austin EJ, Williams EC, Duncan MH, Merrill JO, Thomas J, Kitay B, Schoenbaum M, Heagerty PJ, Saxon AJ

Patient and Provider Perspectives on Processes of Engagement in Outpatient Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: A Scoping Review.
(2024 Feb)
Community Ment Health J 60(2): 330-339
Austin EJ, O'Brien QE, Ruiz MS, Ratzliff AD, Williams EC, Koch U

Integrating Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Into Primary Care Settings.
(2023 Aug 1)
JAMA Netw Open 6(8): e2328627
Austin EJ, Chen J, Briggs ES, Ferro L, Barry P, Heald A, Merrill JO, Curran GM, Saxon AJ, Fortney JC, Ratzliff AD, Williams EC

Comparative effectiveness of safety planning intervention with instrumental support calls (ISC) versus safety planning intervention with two-way text message caring contacts (CC) in adolescents and adults screening positive for suicide risk in emergency departments and primary care clinics: Protocol for a pragmatic randomized controlled trial.
(2023 Aug)
Contemp Clin Trials 131(): 107268
Radin AK, Shaw J, Brown SP, Flint H, Fouts T, McCue E, Skeie A, Peña C, Youell J, Ratzliff A, Powers DM, Biss M, Lemon H, Sandoval D, Hartmann J, Hammar E, Doty-Jones A, Wilson J, Austin G, Chan KCG, Zheng Z, Fruhbauerova M, Ross M, Stright M, Pullen S, Edwards C, Walton M, Kerbrat A, Comtois KA

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