Julie Richards, PhD, MPH, recently received a new grant from the Kaiser Permanente Injury Prevention Taskforce to research patient-centered approaches to addressing firearm-related suicide risk. Dr. Richards is also engaged in several additional research projects on suicide prevention. They include an evaluation of National Zero Suicide Model implementation across six large health care systems providing care to approximately nine million patients, as well as a large pragmatic trial of population-based programs to prevent suicide attempts.
Dr. Richards is particularly interested in using qualitative and quantitative research methods to improve patient-centered care for stigmatized conditions. She has applied these interests to a broad range of research topics, including mental health, substance use, and sexually transmitted infections/diseases.
Firearm injury prevention; alcohol and drug misuse; tobacco cessation
Depression; alcohol and drug use disorders; suicide prevention; self-management
Quality improvement, implementation cost
Public and population health; screening effectiveness and uptake; evidence-based practice recommendations
Prevention and treatment
Richards JE, Kuo ES, Whiteside U, Shulman L, Betz ME, Parrish R, Boggs JM, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Simon GE. Patient and clinician perspectives of a standardized question about firearm access to support suicide prevention: a qualitative study. JAMA Health Forum. 2022 Nov 4;3(11):e224252. doi: 10.1001/jamahealthforum.2022.4252. PubMed
Cruz M, Shortreed SM, Richards JE, Coley RY, Yarborough BJ, Walker RL, Johnson E, Ahmedani BK, Rossom R, Coleman KJ, Boggs JM, Beck AL, Simon GE. Machine learning prediction of suicide risk does not identify patients without traditional risk factors. J Clin Psychiatry. 2022 Aug 31;83(5):21m14178. doi: 10.4088/JCP.21m14178. PubMed
Simon GE, Shortreed SM, Boggs JM, Clarke GN, Rossom RC, Richards JE, Beck A, Ahmedani BK, Coleman KJ, Bhakta B, Stewart CC, Sterling S, Schoenbaum M, Coley RY, Stone M, Mosholder AD, Yaseen ZS. Accuracy of ICD-10-CM encounter diagnoses from health records for identifying self-harm events. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2022 Aug 26:ocac144. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocac144. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Yarborough BJH, Stumbo SP, Schneider JL, Richards JE, Hooker SA, Rossom RC. Patient expectations of and experiences with a suicide risk identification algorithm in clinical practice. BMC Psychiatry. 2022 Jul 23;22(1):494. doi: 10.1186/s12888-022-04129-1. PubMed
Frost MC, Matson TE, Richards JE, Lee AK, Achtmeyer CE, Bradley KA, Williams EC. Barriers and facilitators to changing drinking and receiving alcohol-related care: interviews with Veterans Health Administration primary care patients who indicated interest but did not enroll in an alcohol care management intervention trial. Subst Abus. 2022;43(1):1197-1206. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2022.2074602. PubMed
Findings provide roadmap for addressing barriers and improving suicide prevention.
Honors from the Health Care Systems Research Network for early career achievements and manuscript of the year
Forbes, Aug. 6, 2021