Bradford Felker, MD

Personal Statement

Having always been interested in wholistic care, I completed a Med-Psych residency with board certification in both Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. My career has focused on integrating care to improve access to those who suffer from mental disorders. I have experience in developing, implementing, leading, and evaluating integrated Primary Care Mental Health programs. This work led to the development and national implementation of integrated care known in the VA as Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI).

At VA Puget Sound, I led a team that implemented and developed the first PCMHI program which has been rated as one of the top 10. It was through this integrated PCMHI work that I realized rural populations lacked access to mental health care and I became interested in how the emerging digital technologies could be leveraged to provide care. With the goal to improve mental health care for this population, I developed, implemented, and led the first Telemental Health Service at VA Puget Sound known as Promoting Access to Telemental Health (PATH). This program focused on implementing digital health into routine mental health care, evaluation of implementation efforts, and digital health curriculum design. PATH has been fully implemented into VA Puget Sound Mental Health Service Line.

As a researcher, I have served as a principal and co-investigator on numerous research projects that focused on the development and implementation PCMHI and Care Manager programs. More recently, my research has focused on evaluation and implementation of telemental health programs. Current work focuses on improving virtual integrated care in rural VA clinics, integrated care curricular design, evaluating mental health service delivery for the national VA Telehealth Clinical Resource Hubs, and supporting the UW Behavioral Health Institute to develop Digital Health Training programs. In addition, I am proud to serve as a Captain in the United States Navy Reserve and I am an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran.

Department Affiliations

Other Affiliations

University of Washington Harborview Behavioral Health Institute

Teaching Philosophy

​I take my role as a trainee supervisor very seriously. I try to embrace a training philosophy that incorporates multiple approaches to learning to include: traditional didactic, experiential, and reflective learning. I work to help the trainee approach their educational goals in such a way that they not only learn core material, but also develop confidence in their ability to become a professional who can deliver expert-level care.

Recent Publications

Brief Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Suicide Prevention (BCBT-SP) via Video Telehealth: A Case Example During the COVID-19 Outbreak.
(2021 Feb 4)
Cogn Behav Pract
Rojas SM, Gold SD, Bryan CJ, Pruitt LD, Felker BL, Reger MA

Posttraumatic stress disorder collaborative care: A quality improvement study in veterans affairs primary care.
(2021 Jun)
Fam Syst Health 39(2): 198-211
Chen JA, Jakupcak M, McCann R, Fickel JJ, Simons CE, Campbell DG, Stryczek KC, Hoerster KD, Chaney EF, Oishi SM, Miner MN, Bonner LM, Fortney JC, Felker BL

Implementation of a Telemental Health Training Program Across a Mental Health Department.
Telemed Rep 2(1): 26-31
Felker BL, McGinn MM, Shearer EM, Raza GT, Gold SD, Kim JM, Rojas SM, Roussev MS, Varkovitzky RL, Liu H, Morrison KL, McCann RA

Introduction to the Special Edition on Clinical and Educational Digital Interventions Via Technology.
(2020 Aug 22)
J Technol Behav Sci
Krupinski EA, Felker BL, Nasatir-Hilty SE, Hilty DM

An examination of suicidal behaviour among veterans receiving mental-health appointments in person versus clinical video telehealth.
(2020 Jul 21)
J Telemed Telecare
Rojas SM, Piccirillo ML, McCann RA, Reger MA, Felker B

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