Lydia Chwastiak, MD, MPH
Lydia Chwastiak is an Associate Professor in the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and assists with education and training efforts at the AIMS Center. She received her MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed residencies in both internal medicine (University of Colorado) and psychiatry (University of California, San Francisco). She obtained research training through a fellowship in psychiatry and primary care at the University of Washington, during which time she completed an MPH degree. Over the past decade, her research has focused on improving the medical care and medical outcomes among individuals with serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. She has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications. Using large administrative datasets from the National Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, she has investigated the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors among patients with serious mental illness, and the healthcare costs and disparities of this population. Her current NIH-funded research involves the development of interventions to improve diabetes outcomes among persons with schizophrenia and poorly controlled type 2 diabetes.