• Adjunct Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Seattle, WA
United States

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Dr. Chwastiak received her MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania, completed residencies in both internal medicine and psychiatry, and obtained research training through an NRSA-funded fellowship in psychiatry and primary care at UW. Over the past eighteen years, her research has focused on improving the medical care and medical outcomes among individuals with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses. She has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications related to epidemiology and treatment of cardiovascular risk factors among patients with serious mental illness. She has been the Principal Investigator or a co-I on numerous (federally- and non-federally) funded research projects to develop and implement interventions to improve cardiovascular and mental health outcomes among complex patients in low resource settings in the US and in India and Nepal. Dr. Chwastiak is the Principal Investigator and co-Director of the SAMHSA-funded Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (NW-MHTTC), which aims to support the implementation of evidence-based practices for patients with serious mental illness across a variety of settings in HHS Region 10.

  • BS (Yale University)
  • MA (Georgetown University)
  • MD (University of Pennsylvania)
  • MPH (University of Washington)
Country Affiliations 
  • French
Health Topics 
  • Chronic Disease (incl. Cardiovascular, Diabetes)
  • Mental Health
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Druss BG, Chwastiak L, Kern J, Parks JJ, Ward MC, Raney LE. Psychiatry's Role in Improving the Physical Health of Patients With Serious Mental Illness: A Report From the American Psychiatric Association. Psychiatr Serv. 2018 Mar 1;69(3):254-256.

Chwastiak LA, Luongo M, Russo J, Johnson L, Lowe JM, Hoffman G, McDonell MG, Wisse B. Use of a Mental Health Center Collaborative Care Team to Improve Diabetes Care and Outcomes for Patients With Psychosis.Psychiatr Serv. 2018 Mar 1;69(3):349-352.

Acharya B, Ekstrand M, Rimal P, Ali MK, Swar S, Srinivasan K, Mohan V, Unützer J, Chwastiak LA. Collaborative Care for Mental Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A WHO Health Systems Framework Assessment of Three Programs. Psychiatr Serv. 2017 Sep 1;68(9):870-872.

Kowalski AJ, Poongothai S, Chwastiak L, Hutcheson M, Tandon N, Khadgawat R, Sridhar GR, Aravind SR, Sosale B, Anjana RM, Rao D, Sagar R, Mehta N, Narayan KMV, Unutzer J, Katon W, Mohan V, Ali MK.
The INtegrating DEPrEssioN and Diabetes treatmENT (INDEPENDENT) study: Design and methods to address mental healthcare gaps in India. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Sep;60:113-124.

Chwastiak LA, Freudenreich O, Tek C, McKibbin C, Han J, McCarron R, Wisse B. Clinical management of comorbid diabetes and psychotic disorders. Lancet Psychiatry. 2015 May;2(5):465-476.