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

Recent Publications

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

A Process Evaluation of Primary Care Behavioral Health Integration in the Military Health System.
(2022 Jun)
Rand Health Q 9(3): 15
Tomoaia-Cotisel A, Eberhart NK, Engel CC, Mendel P, Alvarado G, Qureshi N, Allen SD

Adapting the Cultural Formulation Interview for the Military.
(2022 Sep 1)
Psychiatr Serv 73(9): 978-983
Meyer EG, DeSilva RB, Hann MC, Aggarwal NK, Brim WL, Engel CC, Lu FG, Lewis-Fernández R

Whole Health Use and Interest Across Veterans With Co-Occurring Chronic Pain and PTSD: An Examination of the 18 VA Medical Center Flagship Sites.
Glob Adv Health Med 11(): 21649561211065374
Reed DE 2nd, Bokhour BG, Gaj L, Barker AM, Douglas JH, DeFaccio R, Williams RM, Engel CC, Zeliadt SB

Nature versus urban hiking for Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder: a pilot randomised trial conducted in the Pacific Northwest USA.
(2021 Sep 23)
BMJ Open 11(9): e051885
Littman AJ, Bratman GN, Lehavot K, Engel CC, Fortney JC, Peterson A, Jones A, Klassen C, Brandon J, Frumkin H

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