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

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Recent Publications

Understanding depression treatment and perinatal service preferences of Kenyan pregnant adolescents: A discrete choice experiment.
PLoS One 18(3): e0273274
Kumar M, Tele A, Kathono J, Nyongesa V, Yator O, Mwaniga S, Huang KY, McKay M, Lai J, Levy M, Cuijpers P, Quaife M, Unutzer J

"We are the sun for our community:" Partnering with community health workers/promotores to adapt, deliver and evaluate a home-based collaborative care model to improve equity in access to quality depression care for older U.S. Latino adults who are underserved.
Front Public Health 11(): 1079319
Steinman LE, Gasca A, Hoeft TJ, Raue PJ, Henderson S, Perez R, Huerta A, Fajardo A, Vredevoogd MA, James K, Hinton L, Rath L, Unutzer J

Effectiveness of Collaborative Care and Colocated Specialty Care for Bipolar Disorder in Primary Care: A Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Clinical Trial.
(2023 Feb 9)
J Acad Consult Liaison Psychiatry
Cerimele JM, Blanchard BE, Johnson M, Russo J, Bauer AM, Veith RC, Unützer J, Fortney JC

The effects of behavioral health integration in Medicaid managed care on access to mental health and primary care services-Evidence from early adopters.
(2023 Jun)
Health Serv Res 58(3): 622-633
McConnell KJ, Edelstein S, Hall J, Levy A, Danna M, Cohen DJ, Lindner S, Unützer J, Zhu JM

Psychiatry in the 21st century: the glass is half full.
(2022 Oct)
World Psychiatry 21(3): 422-423
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