Bradford Felker

Personal Statement

I currently serve as the Director for the PATH (Promoting Access to Telemental Health) Service at VA Puget Sound Health Care System. This program seeks to unite the emerging tele-technologies (Clinical Video, Web-based, Phone-based, Phone Apps) into a unified clinical, educational, and outcome-based program. I initiated and supervise one of the first available Tele-Mental Health psychiatry resident rotations. Prior to this position, I served as the VA Director of the Primary Care Mental Health Integration Service, the VA Director of the Deployment Health Service, as well as the Acting Chief of Psychiatry for VA Puget Sound. I continue to serve on multiple national and regional committees related to Primary Care-Mental Health Integration that focus on education, implementation, and research in this area.

I have been the Principle Investigator and Co-Investigator on multiple research projects related to integrated mental health and primary care and remains active on several ongoing research projects in this area. I recently joined the VA Office of Academic Affairs Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education where I have been asked to develop and implement a national VA mental health in primary care curriculum for inter-professional trainee development. I remain active in the United States Navy Reserve and was recently promoted to the rank of Captain. I am mobilized to support Operation Iraqi Freedom where I served as the Mental Health Department Head for US Military Kuwait. My team implemented many changes to the way mental health is delivered in a combat zone.  This work led to me being awarded the Navy Commendation Medal.   

Department Affiliations

Teaching Philosophy

​My role as a trainee supervisor is taken very seriously.  I try to embrace a training philosophy that incorporates mutliple 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

Practical and Regulatory Considerations of Teleprescribing via CVT.
(2019 Nov 18)
Curr Psychiatry Rep 21(12): 122
McCann RA, Lingam HA, Felker BL, Caudill RL

Recommendations for Using Clinical Video Telehealth with Patients at High Risk for Suicide.
(2019 Dec)
Psychiatr Clin North Am 42(4): 587-595
McGinn MM, Roussev MS, Shearer EM, McCann RA, Rojas SM, Felker BL

Telemental health training in the Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System.
(2020 Jun)
J Clin Psychol 76(6): 1108-1124
Caver KA, Shearer EM, Burks DJ, Perry K, De Paul NF, McGinn MM, Felker BL

Interprofessional transformation of clinical education: The first six years of the Veterans Affairs Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education.
(2018 Feb 20)
J Interprof Care
Harada ND, Traylor L, Rugen KW, Bowen JL, Smith CS, Felker B, Ludke D, Tonnu-Mihara I, Ruberg JL, Adler J, Uhl K, Gardner AL, Gilman SC

A pilot trial of telephone-based collaborative care management for PTSD among Iraq/Afghanistan war veterans.
(2015 Jan)
Telemed J E Health 21(1): 42-7
Hoerster KD, Jakupcak M, Stephenson KR, Fickel JJ, Simons CE, Hedeen A, Dwight-Johnson M, Whealin JM, Chaney E, Felker BL

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