Eric J. Bruns, PhD

Personal Statement

I am a clinical psychologist and mental health services researcher. My overarching research aim is to produce and promote use of research, evaluation, and continuous quality improvement that aids high-quality implementation of effective models of care in real world service settings, such as in schools, public mental health systems, and family-and youth-run organizations. My research can be summarized as falling into three categories: (1) Care coordination models for youth with the most complex behavioral health needs; (2) school mental health; and (3) public sector implementation of research-based practices. In each area, I co-direct national training and TA centers. For example the National Wraparound Implementation Center (, provides support to dozens of states and localities internationally on Wraparound. The National Wraparound Initiative ( serves to mobilize our research and policy activities. Our Wraparound fidelity tools and data systems can be found at With respect to school mental health, our interdisciplinary UW School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center — — currently has over a dozen federal grants as well as state, local, and foundation funding focused on how best to ensure that evidence for effective mental health intervention and prevention is translated into effective programming in schools. The SMART Center also hosts the school mental health supplement of the UW Department of Psychiatry’s SAMHSA-funded Northwest Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Center (MHTTC). Check out our extraordinary array of resources at


Clinical internship, Georgetown University Medical Center, 1996-1997
PhD, Clinical Psychology , University of Vermont, 1992-1997
BA, Psychology, University of Virginia, 1986-1990

Department Affiliations

Other Affiliations

National Technical Assistance Network for Child, Youth, and Family Behavioral Health:

National Wraparound Implementation Center:


Recent Publications

TWAc-Check: A New Approach to Determine the Appropriate Use of Time-Weighted Average Concentration in Aquatic Risk Assessment.
(2022 Jul)
Environ Toxicol Chem 41(7): 1778-1787
Wolf Y, Gabsi F, Bruns E, Heine S, Solga A, Witt J, Preuss TG

Are standard aquatic test species and methods adequate surrogates for use in environmental risk assessment of pesticides in tropical environments?
(2022 Apr 4)
Integr Environ Assess Manag
Santos GS, Hamer M, Tscheschke A, Bruns E, Murakami L, Dohmen GP

Evaluation of a systems-level technical assistance program to support youth with complex behavioral health needs.
(2022 Jun)
Eval Program Plann 92(): 102059
Olson JR, Berntson T, Zabel MD, Matarese M, Bruns EJ

Associations Between School Mental Health Team Membership and Impact on Service Provision.
School Ment Health 14(3): 672-684
Reaves S, Bohnenkamp J, Mayworm A, Sullivan M, Connors E, Lever N, Kelly MS, Bruns EJ, Hoover S

The implementation potential of a method to monitor empirically-supported children's mental health treatment through claims data.
(2021 Dec 18)
BMC Health Serv Res 21(1): 1349
Walker SC, Gubner N, Iztguttinov A, Rodriguez F, Davis P, Lyon A, Kerns S, Bruns E, Qian J, Sedlar G

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