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

The relationship among social support, food insecurity and mental health for adults with severe mental illness and type 2 diabetes: A survey study.
(2022 May 5)
Psychiatr Rehabil J
Michels C, Hallgren KA, Cole A, Chwastiak L, Cheng SC

Development and Implementation of an Integrated Care Fellowship.
(2022 May-Jun)
J Acad Consult Liaison Psychiatry 63(3): 280-289
Ratzliff ADH, Toor R, Erickson JM, Bauer AM, Duncan MH, Chang D, Chwastiak L, Raue PJ, Unutzer J

Applying implementation science in mental health services: Technical assistance cases from the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) network.
(2022 Mar-Apr)
Gen Hosp Psychiatry 75(): 1-9
Gotham HJ, Cummings JR, Dolce JN, Druss B, Gill KJ, Kopelovich SL, Molfenter T, Olson JR, Benson F, Chwastiak L

Minimum and optimal numbers of psychiatric beds: expert consensus using a Delphi process.
(2022 Apr)
Mol Psychiatry 27(4): 1873-1879
Mundt AP, Rozas Serri E, Irarrázaval M, O'Reilly R, Allison S, Bastiampillai T, Musisi S, Kagee A, Golenkov A, El-Khoury J, Park SC, Chwastiak L, Priebe S

Effect of a collaborative care model on anxiety symptoms among patients with depression and diabetes in India: The INDEPENDENT randomized clinical trial.
(2022 Jan-Feb)
Gen Hosp Psychiatry 74(): 39-45
Kemp CG, Johnson LCM, Sagar R, Poongothai S, Tandon N, Anjana RM, Aravind S, Sridhar GR, Patel SA, Emmert-Fees K, Rao D, Narayan KMV, Mohan V, Ali MK, Chwastiak LA

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