Lydia Chwastiak, MD, MPH

Personal Statement

‚ÄčI 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.


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

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Recent Publications

Association of collaborative care intervention features with depression and metabolic outcomes in the INDEPENDENT study: A mixed methods study.
(2024 Feb 14)
Prim Care Diabetes
Hassan S, Liu S, Johnson LCM, Patel SA, Emmert-Fees KMF, Suvada K, Tandon N, Sridhar GR, Aravind S, Poongothai S, Anjana RM, Mohan V, Chwastiak L, Ali MK

The Impact of a Collaborative Care Model on Health Trajectories among Patients with Co-Morbid Depression and Diabetes: The INDEPENDENT Study.
(2023 Sep-Oct)
Indian J Endocrinol Metab 27(5): 410-420
Balasundaram BS, Mohan AR, Subramani P, Ulagamathesan V, Tandon N, Sridhar GR, Sosale AR, Shankar R, Sagar R, Rao D, Chwastiak L, Mohan V, Ali MK, Patel SA

Successful ingredients of effective Collaborative Care programs in low- and middle-income countries: A rapid review.
Glob Ment Health (Camb) 10(): e11
Whitfield J, Owens S, Bhat A, Felker B, Jewell T, Chwastiak L

Adaptation of the collaborative care model to integrate behavioral health care into a low-barrier HIV clinic.
(2023 Jan-Dec)
Implement Res Pract 4(): 26334895231167105
Dombrowski JC, Halliday S, Tsui JI, Rao D, Sherr K, Ramchandani MS, Emerson R, Fleming M, Wood T, Chwastiak L

Adapting a transdiagnostic digital mental health intervention for use among immigrant and refugee youth in Seattle: a human-centered design approach.
(2023 Nov 5)
Transl Behav Med 13(11): 867-875
Fabian KE, Foster KT, Chwastiak L, Turner M, Wagenaar BH

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