John Fortney, PhD

Personal Statement

I am a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and the Director of the Division of Population Health. I am also a Core Investigator at the HSR&D Center for Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, and the Director of the VA Virtual Specialty Care QUERI Center.

For the last 25 years, my research has focused on access to care. I have published a framework for conceptualizing access to care in the digital age that incorporates virtual care technologies. I have conducted clinical trials to test the effectiveness of virtual care technologies to facilitate the delivery of evidence-based mental health services in rural primary care clinics. I have also conducted implementation trials to test the effectiveness of strategies to promote the uptake of virtual care technologies by primary care patients and providers. My research has been supported by NIMH, NIAAA, PCORI, and VA HSR&D. 


Mental Health Services Research, VA HSR&D Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research , 1993-1995
PhD, Geography, University of Iowa, 1992
BS, Geography, Middlebury College, 1984

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Recent Publications

Clinician Experiences With Telepsychiatry Collaborative Care for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Bipolar Disorder.
(2022 Nov 29)
Psychiatr Serv
Hoeft TJ, Hall JD, Solberg LI, Takamine LH, Danna MN, Fortney JC, Shushan S, Cohen DJ

The Implementation of Measurement-Based Care in the Context of Telemedicine: Qualitative Study.
(2022 Nov 24)
JMIR Ment Health 9(11): e41601
Van Tiem J, Wirtz E, Suiter N, Heeren A, Fuhrmeister L, Fortney J, Reisinger H, Turvey C

U.S. veterans' experiences and factors associated with use of a smartphone application to self-manage unhealthy alcohol use.
(2022 Oct 13)
Psychol Serv
Hawkins EJ, Lott AM, Danner AN, Malte CA, Dulin PL, Fortney JC, Sayre GG, Baer JS

Voluntary, temporary out-of-home firearm storage: A survey of firearm retailers and ranges in two states.
(2022 Dec)
Prev Med 165(Pt A): 107220
Barnard LM, Johnson RL, Brandspigel S, Rooney LA, McCarthy M, Meador L, Rivara FP, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Knoepke CE, Fortney JC, Peterson RA, Betz ME

Bipolar disorder in primary care: Medication treatment by co-located psychiatrists versus primary care clinicians supported by psychiatrists.
(2022 Sep-Oct)
Gen Hosp Psychiatry 78(): 108-110
Cerimele JM, Johnson M, Blanchard BE, Russo J, Unützer J, Fortney JC

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