Dr. Fortney was trained as a geographer, with an emphasis on spatial economics and econometrics. As a post doctoral fellow, he became the second geographer ever to receive research funding from NIMH. Throughout his career, Dr. Fortney’s research has focused on identifying and overcoming barriers to mental health care for rural populations. Dr. Fortney has used geographic information systems (GIS) to measure travel times to services and to determine the impact of geographical accessibility on utilization and quality. He has also evaluated the impact of opening new VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics in rural areas on veterans’ access and service utilization. More recently, Dr. Fortney has begun developing and disseminating telemedicine-based interventions to improve care for rural primary care patients. Specifically, Dr. Fortney has been using telemedicine technologies (telephones, interactive video, electronic medical records, web-based decision support systems) to help provide team-based collaborative care within a virtual clinical environment, where patients, physicians, therapists, and care mangers are separated from one another by distance.
Amritha Bhat, MBBS, MD, MPH is a psychiatrist trained in both India and the United States. Dr. Bhat is currently an assistant professor in the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Bhat completed the UW Psychiatry-Primary Care Fellowship Training Program and earned her Master of Public Health through the UW School of Public Health. She established the perinatal psychiatry clinic at the University of Washington Medical Center and has also implemented screening for depression in mothers whose babies are admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. In addition, Dr. Bhat is actively involved in projects that make collaborative care for depression available to women during pregnancy and postpartum.
Dr. Fann is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Washington. Dr. Fann received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, his MD from Northwestern University, and his MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. He completed his residency and research fellowship training at the University of Washington, where he was Chief Resident at the UW Medical Center.
Dr. Fann is Director of Psychiatry and Psychology Services at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) and Affiliate Investigator at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. At the SCCA (a consortium of UW Medicine, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Care Alliance and Seattle Children’s), he developed and directs the multidisciplinary Integrated Psychosocial Oncology Program, which uses collaborative care to provide comprehensive, population-based psychosocial care that is seamlessly integrated into routine cancer care.
Dr. Fann’s research interests focus on developing cost-effective strategies to manage psychiatric issues in patients with cancer and neurological conditions, such as traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Cancer Society, and Department of Education.
Ian M. Bennett, M.D., Ph.D., is a family physician providing broad spectrum primary care with a particular focus on reproductive health, including obstetrics and family planning services. He provides broad contraceptive care including vasectomy. He is a professor in the departments of family medicine, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and adjunct professor of global health. Dr. Bennett’s clinical interests include maternal and child health care, general primary care, obstetrics, family planning services, mental health, adolescent health, infant care and the health care of children. Dr. Bennett brings together a whole family and whole life approach providing pediatric, adolescent, and general adult health care. As part of his work in perinatal care, he also has expertise in depression in the pregnancy and postpartum periods.