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

The effects of behavioral health integration in Medicaid managed care on access to mental health and primary care services-Evidence from early adopters.
(2023 Jan 12)
Health Serv Res
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
Unützer J

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

Robotic-assisted collaborative care.
(2022 Sep)
J Am Geriatr Soc 70(9): 2484-2486
Callahan CM, Unutzer J

Mental health problems and service gaps experienced by pregnant adolescents and young women in Sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review.
(2022 Feb)
EClinicalMedicine 44(): 101289
Mutahi J, Larsen A, Cuijpers P, Peterson SS, Unutzer J, McKay M, John-Stewart G, Jewell T, Kinuthia J, Gohar F, Lai J, Wamalwa D, Gachuno O, Kumar M

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