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

Bipolar Disorder Symptom Monitoring Measures: A Mixed-Methods Study of Patient Preferences.
(2023 Nov 14)
J Acad Consult Liaison Psychiatry
Cerimele JM, Franta G, Blanchard BE, Leasure W, Fortney JC

Cognitive and Emotional Responses to COPD Exacerbations and Patterns of Care Seeking.
(2023 Nov 15)
Ann Am Thorac Soc
Locke ER, Thomas RM, Simpson TL, Fortney JC, Battaglia C, Trivedi RB, Gylys-Colwell J, Swenson ER, Edelman JD, Fan VS

Characteristics of Veterans With Depression Who Use the Veterans Choice Program of the Veterans Health Administration.
(2023 Nov 7)
Psychiatr Serv
Carlo AD, Sterling RA, Mao J, Fiorella RP, Fortney JC, Unützer J, Wong ES

Improving the Usability of Written Exposure Therapy for Therapists in the Department of Veterans Affairs Telemental Health: Formative Study Using Qualitative and User-Centered Design Methods.
(2023 Nov 6)
JMIR Form Res 7(): e47189
Moldestad M, Petrova VV, Tirtanadi K, Mishra SR, Rajan S, Sayre G, Fortney JC, Reisinger HS

Bipolar disorder assessment and monitoring measures in clinical care: Updates from a large randomized controlled trial in primary care.
(2023 Nov 3)
Bipolar Disord
Cerimele JM, Fortney JC

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