Jurgen Unutzer

Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA

Personal Statement

My work focuses on the integration of mental health services and general medical care and on translating research on evidence-based mental health interventions into effective clinical and public health practice. I have published over 300 scientific papers and I am the recipient of numerous federal and foundation grants and awards for my research on integrated behavioral health care. I work with national and international organizations dedicated to improving behavioral health care for diverse populations. I have served as Senior Scientific Advisor to the World Health Organization and as an advisor to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.


Primary Care Psychiatry, University of Washington School of Medicine, 1994-1996
MPH, Health Services, University of Washington School of Public Health, 1994-1996
Geriatric Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine - Neuropsychiatric Institute, 1993-1994
Chief Resident in Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine - Neuropsychiatric Institute, 1993-1994
Residency in Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine - Neuropsychiatric Institute, 1991-1993
Internship in Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine - Neuropsychiatric Institute, 1990-1991
M.A., Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago, 1986-1988
MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 1984-1990
B.S., Iowa State University, 1982-1983

Department Affiliations

Recent Publications

Harnessing Collaborative Care to Meet Mental Health Demands in the Era of COVID-19.
(2020 Oct 21)
JAMA Psychiatry
Carlo AD, Barnett BS, Unützer J

Implementing combined WHO mhGAP and adapted group interpersonal psychotherapy to address depression and mental health needs of pregnant adolescents in Kenyan primary health care settings (INSPIRE): a study protocol for pilot feasibility trial of the integrated intervention in LMIC settings.
Pilot Feasibility Stud 6(): 136
Kumar M, Huang KY, Othieno C, Wamalwa D, Hoagwood K, Unutzer J, Saxena S, Petersen I, Njuguna S, Amugune B, Gachuno O, Ssewamala F, McKay M

Transforming Population-Based Depression Care: a Quality Improvement Initiative Using Remote, Centralized Care Management.
(2020 Aug 31)
J Gen Intern Med
Chang D, Carlo AD, Khor S, Drake L, Lee ES, Avery M, Unützer J, Flum DR

Achieving Mental Health Equity: Collaborative Care.
(2020 Sep)
Psychiatr Clin North Am 43(3): 501-510
Jackson-Triche ME, Unützer J, Wells KB

Rural clinics implementing collaborative care for low-income patients can achieve comparable or better depression outcomes.
(2020 Sep)
Fam Syst Health 38(3): 242-254
Powers DM, Bowen DJ, Arao RF, Vredevoogd M, Russo J, Grover T, Unützer J

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