Lydia Chwastiak, MD

Personal Statement

​I have focused my clinical and research interests on the complex intersection of chronic medical illness and serious mental illness. I have had clinical training in both internal medicine and psychiatry, and my clinical work over the past decade has included the provision of inpatient and outpatient medical care within an urban community mental health center. Through an NIMH-funded K23 (career development award), I have investigated the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors among veterans with serious mental illness, and the healthcare costs and disparities of this vulnerable population. My current projects include an NIDDK (R21) grant to develop and pilot test an innovative community mental health center-based team approach to the treatment of poorly controlled type 2 diabetes among outpatients with schizophrenia.

Education

Yale University School of Medicine Teaching Appointment, 2012
Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Medical education, 1993
Univ. of Colorado H.S.C. (Medicine) Residency, Internal Medicine
Univ. of Colorado H.S.C. (Medicine) Internship, Internal Medicine
Univ. of Calif. San Francisco (Psyc) Residency, Psychiatry

Department Affiliations

Recent Publications

Telepsychiatric Consultation as a Training and Workforce Development Strategy for Rural Primary Care.
(2020 Sep)
Ann Fam Med 18(5): 438-445
Al Achkar M, Bennett IM, Chwastiak L, Hoeft T, Normoyle T, Vredevoogd M, Patterson DG

Effect of a Collaborative Care Model on Depressive Symptoms and Glycated Hemoglobin, Blood Pressure, and Serum Cholesterol Among Patients With Depression and Diabetes in India: The INDEPENDENT Randomized Clinical Trial.
(2020 Aug 18)
JAMA 324(7): 651-662
Ali MK, Chwastiak L, Poongothai S, Emmert-Fees KMF, Patel SA, Anjana RM, Sagar R, Shankar R, Sridhar GR, Kosuri M, Sosale AR, Sosale B, Rao D, Tandon N, Narayan KMV, Mohan V, INDEPENDENT Study Group.

Updates in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry: 2019.
(2020 Sep - Oct)
Psychosomatics 61(5): 450-455
Simpson SA, Chwastiak LA, Andrews SR, Bienvenu OJ, Adler Cohen MA, Cozza KL, DiMartini A, Fernandez-Robles C, Grimaldi JAR, Isenberg-Grzeda E, King Iv F, Kontos N, Luchsinger W, Munjal S, Pathare A, Pereira LF, Philbrick K, Rosen JH, Schmelzer NA, Zimbrean PC

Community Mental Health Care Delivery During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Practical Strategies for Improving Care for People with Serious Mental Illness.
(2020 Jun 19)
Community Ment Health J
Kopelovich SL, Monroe-DeVita M, Buck BE, Brenner C, Moser L, Jarskog LF, Harker S, Chwastiak LA

Treatment recommendations made by a consultant psychiatrist to improve the quality of care in a collaborative mental health intervention in rural Nepal.
(2020 Feb 5)
BMC Psychiatry 20(1): 46
Rimal P, Maru D, Chwastiak L, Agrawal P, Rao D, Swar S, Citrin D, Acharya B

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