Charles C. Engel, MD, MPH

Dr. Charles Engel (he/him) is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Core VA HSR&D Investigator in the Seattle Center for Innovation, Codirector of the Center’s Advanced Fellowship on Learning Health Systems, and Adjunct Physician Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation. Engel’s work focuses on trauma-informed health systems and strategies for improving the quality of primary care for chronic mental and physical health conditions. His research has covered traumatic injury and post-trauma syndromes ranging from blast injury, mild traumatic brain injury and Gulf War syndrome to PTSD and depression. Engel is experienced at mixed qualitative and quantitative methods and has led large pragmatic randomized trials, program evaluations, and implementation science studies. He has authored or coauthored nearly 200 scholarly papers, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and the American Journal of Psychiatry. Funding for his work has come from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and other organizations. Before joining UW Psychiatry and the AIMS Center in 2021, Dr. Engel was Senior Physician Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation from 2013 to 2020 and Associate Chair (Research) at Uniformed Services University’s Department of Psychiatry from 2001-2013. Engel has served on the board of directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, has testified twice before Congress, received a number of awards, and delivered invited lectures in over 10 countries. He received both his MD and MPH from the University of Washington.


MD, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle WA
MPH, University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle WA
Fellowship, Psychiatry in Primary Care (Consult-Liaison Psychiatry), University of Washington, Seattle WA
Residency, General Psychiatry, Letterman Medical Center, San Francisco CA

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Other Affiliations

Seattle Center of Innovation for Veteran Centered and Value-Based Care (HSR&D COIN)

Recent Publications

Clinician and Staff Perspectives on Implementing Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Screening in Los Angeles County Pediatric Clinics.
(2023 Sep-Oct)
Ann Fam Med 21(5): 416-423
Alvarado G, McBain R, Chen P, Estrada-Darley I, Engel C, Malika N, Machtinger E, McCaw B, Thyne S, Thompson N, Shekarchi A, Lightfoot M, Kuo A, Benedict D, Gantz L, Perry R, Kannan I, Yap N, Eberhart N

Heterogeneity in Unmet Treatment Need and Barriers to Accessing Mental Health Services Among U.S. Military Service Members with Serious Psychological Distress.
(2023 Aug 18)
Adm Policy Ment Health
Dunbar MS, Breslau J, Collins R, Beckman R, Engel CC

Patient and Caregiver Perspectives on Implementation of ACE Screening in Pediatric Care Settings: A Qualitative Evaluation.
(2023 Aug 16)
J Pediatr Health Care
Estrada-Darley I, Chen P, McBain R, Alvarado G, Engel C, Malika N, Kim D, Machtinger E, McCaw B, Thyne S, Thompson N, Shekarchi A, Lightfoot M, Kuo A, Benedict D, Gantz L, Perry R, Yap N, Eberhart N

Utilization of Whole Health and Longitudinal Outcomes After Screening Positive for Possible Depression Documented in Veterans Health Administration's Electronic Health Record.
(2023 Apr 11)
J Integr Complement Med
Reed DE, Chen C, Harvey K, Engel CC, Kroenke K, Defaccio R, Coggeshall S, Taylor SL, Bokhour BG, Zeliadt SB

Assessing the Quality of Outpatient Pain Care and Opioid Prescribing in the Military Health System.
(2022 Aug)
Rand Health Q 9(4): 19
Hepner KA, Roth CP, Sherry TB, McBain RK, Ruder T, Engel CC

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