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.


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

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

Adaptations and patient responses to behavioral intervention components in a depression-focused chronic disease care model implemented in India.
(2020 Feb 3)
Transl Behav Med 10(1): 35-45
Johnson LCM, Chwastiak L, Poongothai S, Tandon N, Anjana RM, Aravind S, Sridhar GR, Rao D, Mohan V, Ali MK

Racial-Ethnic Disparities in First-Episode Psychosis Treatment Outcomes From the RAISE-ETP Study.
(2018 Nov 1)
Psychiatr Serv 69(11): 1138-1145
Oluwoye O, Stiles B, Monroe-DeVita M, Chwastiak L, McClellan JM, Dyck D, Cabassa LJ, McDonell MG

Psychiatry's Role in Improving the Physical Health of Patients With Serious Mental Illness: A Report From the American Psychiatric Association.
(2018 Mar 1)
Psychiatr Serv 69(3): 254-256
Druss BG, Chwastiak L, Kern J, Parks JJ, Ward MC, Raney LE

Psychiatric Case Review and Treatment Intensification in Collaborative Care Management for Depression in Primary Care.
(2018 May 1)
Psychiatr Serv 69(5): 549-554
Sowa NA, Jeng P, Bauer AM, Cerimele JM, Unützer J, Bao Y, Chwastiak L

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