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 NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and multiple grants from NIMH including a K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award. 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 my clinical 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. I was 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.

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Recent Publications

Examining Potential Barriers to mHealth Implementation and Engagement in Schizophrenia: Phone Ownership and Symptom Severity.
(2022 Mar)
J Technol Behav Sci 7(1): 13-22
Luther L, Buck BE, Fischer MA, Johnson-Kwochka AV, Coffin G, Salyers MP

FOCUS mHealth Intervention for Veterans With Serious Mental Illness in an Outpatient Department of Veterans Affairs Setting: Feasibility, Acceptability, and Usability Study.
(2022 Jan 28)
JMIR Ment Health 9(1): e26049
Buck B, Nguyen J, Porter S, Ben-Zeev D, Reger GM

A systematic search and critical review of studies evaluating psychometric properties of patient-reported outcome measures for schizophrenia.
(2022 Mar)
J Psychiatr Res 147(): 13-23
Buck B, Gagen EC, Halverson TF, Nagendra A, Ludwig KA, Fortney JC

A Smartphone Intervention for People With Serious Mental Illness: Fully Remote Randomized Controlled Trial of CORE.
(2021 Nov 12)
J Med Internet Res 23(11): e29201
Ben-Zeev D, Chander A, Tauscher J, Buck B, Nepal S, Campbell A, Doron G

mHealth for Young Adults with Early Psychosis: User Preferences and Their Relationship to Attitudes About Treatment-Seeking.
J Technol Behav Sci 6(4): 667-676
Buck B, Chander A, Tauscher J, Nguyen T, Monroe-DeVita M, Ben-Zeev D

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