Lydia Chwastiak, MD, MPH

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

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Recent Publications

Development and Pilot Testing of a Nurse Care Manager Role in Coordinated Specialty Care for Early Psychosis.
(2023 Apr 5)
Psychiatr Serv
Chwastiak LA, Cheng SC, Brenner C, Michels C, Christiansen M, Monroe-DeVita M

Long-term Effects of a Collaborative Care Model on Metabolic Outcomes and Depressive Symptoms: 36-Month Outcomes from the INDEPENDENT Intervention.
(2023 May)
J Gen Intern Med 38(7): 1623-1630
Suvada K, Ali MK, Chwastiak L, Poongothai S, Emmert-Fees KMF, Anjana RM, Sagar R, Shankar R, Sridhar GR, Kasuri M, Sosale AR, Sosale B, Rao D, Tandon N, Narayan KMV, Mohan V, Patel SA

A realist process evaluation of the INtegrating DEPrEssioN and Diabetes treatmENT (INDEPENDENT) randomized controlled trial in India.
(2022 Dec)
Am J Med Open 8():
Johnson LCM, Thompson NJ, Ali MK, Elifson K, Chwastiak L, Mohan V, Anjana RM, Poongothai S, Tandon N

Cost-Effectiveness of a Collaborative Care Model Among Patients With Type 2 Diabetes and Depression in India.
(2023 Jan 1)
Diabetes Care 46(1): 11-19
Emmert-Fees KMF, Laxy M, Patel SA, Singh K, Poongothai S, Mohan V, Chwastiak L, Narayan KMV, Sagar R, Sosale AR, Anjana RM, Sridhar GR, Tandon N, Ali MK

Developing the Workforce of the Digital Future: Leveraging Technology to Train Community-Based Mobile Mental Health Specialists.
(2022 Aug 3)
J Technol Behav Sci
Buck B, Kopelovich SL, Tauscher JS, Chwastiak L, Ben-Zeev D

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