Benjamin Buck, PhD

Personal Statement

My research is focused on (1) developing innovative mHealth assessments and interventions for schizophrenia-spectrum disorders and cross-diagnostic persecutory ideation, as well as (2) “engagement mHealth,” or the development of mobile health interventions that increase the likelihood that underserved populations present to and receive evidence-based treatment, with a particular focus on young adults at risk for psychosis and their families. My research is supported by a 2019 NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

Prior to my faculty position at UW, I was an Advanced Fellow in VA Health Services Research and Development and the Department of Health Services at UW. I completed myclinical psychology internship at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, where I was awarded the APA Division 18 Outstanding VA Trainee Award. Prior to internship, I completed my undergraduate and doctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Throughout my training, I have been dedicated to services for individual with serious mental illness, with experience in an inpatient state hospital, VA psychosocial rehabilitation, intensive outpatient and dual-diagnosis clinics, and in coordinated specialty care for young people with early psychosis.

In addition to my program of research and clinical work, I am committed to clinical supervision and training. I currently lead the development of one of the first clinical training sequences designed for frontline clinicians integrating mHealth into community mental health. He has been recognized as a clinical trainer, including the first-ever graduate student to win UNC’s David Galinsky Award, an honor recognizing excellence in clinical supervision that had previously only ever been won by faculty. I am currently active in providing supervision in CBT to third-year psychiatry residents at UW.

Department Affiliations

Recent Publications

The impact of exposure therapy on stigma and mental health treatment attitudes among active duty U.S. soldiers with combat related PTSD.
(2020 Jul)
J Psychiatr Res 126(): 98-104
Reger GM, Bourassa K, Norr AM, Buck B

Changes in physiological reactivity in response to the trauma memory during prolonged exposure and virtual reality exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder.
(2020 Apr 27)
Psychol Trauma
Katz AC, Norr AM, Buck B, Fantelli E, Edwards-Stewart A, Koenen-Woods P, Zetocha K, Smolenski DJ, Holloway K, Rothbaum BO, Difede J, Rizzo A, Skopp N, Mishkind M, Gahm G, Reger GM, Andrasik F

Hostile attribution bias in schizophrenia-spectrum disorders: narrative review of the literature and persisting questions.
(2020 Mar 31)
J Ment Health
Buck B, Browne J, Gagen EC, Penn DL

Facilitating pathways to care: A qualitative study of the self-reported needs and coping skills of caregivers of young adults diagnosed with early psychosis.
(2020 Jan 12)
J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs
Cheng SC, Backonja U, Buck B, Monroe-DeVita M, Walsh E

Dynamic relationships between emotional distress, persecutory ideation, and metacognition in schizophrenia.
(2020 Apr)
J Clin Psychol 76(4): 716-724
Buck B, Gagen EC, Luther L, Kukla M, Lysaker PH

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