Anna has been providing behavioral health services to adults, families, and adolescents in medical and community-based settings since 2006.
In 2008, she led the implementation of a collaborative care program for pregnant and parenting caregivers at two Federally Qualified Health Care Centers in Seattle, WA. Anna then served as a behavioral health care manager in the Mental Health Integration Program at Country Doctor Community Clinic for 6 years, where she also led DSHS First Steps Maternity Support Services and Infant Case Management Services. Anna has additionally worked as a social worker in large hospital systems where she provided outpatient primary care behavioral health services to adults impacted by HIV/AIDs, delivered inpatient and home-based hospice services, and supported behavioral health services and discharge planning on inpatient units.
Anna joined the AIMS center as a Clinical Trainer in 2018. She enjoys supporting implementation and clinical coaching with local and national groups and often supports programs with a perinatal and/or pediatric focus. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington and an undergraduate degree in International Affairs/Spanish from the University of Puget Sound.
Suzy Hunter joined the AIMS Center in 2011 as Technical Project Manager, overseeing the development of the AIMS Caseload Tracker and Care Management Tracking System (CMTS) software applications.
Suzy enjoys working with clinicians, implementation experts, researchers and developers to design and build better caseload management tools to support collaborative care workflows, most recently focusing on data integration with electronic health records. Suzy has worked at the University of Arizona and University of Washington performing web application development and IT project management since 2002.
Ashley is an NAHQ Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality with a BA in Psychology and an MA in Sociology from George Mason University. She has over 12 years of experience in research, dissemination, and support to health care and behavioral health organizations, implementing a variety of evidence-based behavioral health interventions. She has served as a Senior Project Manager for the AIMS Center since 2011 and a Practice Coach since 2014, managing diverse training and technical assistance projects and coaching to a variety of behavioral health conditions, patient populations, and treatment settings. She works with healthcare providers, IT professionals, financial teams, and administrative staff in settings ranging from Rural Health Clinics in Alaska and Montana to large urban healthcare systems in New York City and Los Angeles.
Youlim Choi developed the web-based care management system (CMTS) for the original multi-site IMPACT study and since then has developed several subsequent versions of the registry tool to facilitate various research projects and large-scale IMPACT implementations. Mr. Choi maintains the AIMS Center websites and CMTS. He has over 10 years of experience in information technology including network, security, and programming. He received his Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from UCLA.
Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and health services researcher. His work focuses on innovative models of care that integrate mental health and general medical services and on translating research on evidence-based mental health care into effective clinical and public health practice. He has more than 300 scholarly publications and is the recipient of numerous federal and foundation grants and awards for his research to improve the health and mental health of populations through patient-centered integrated mental health services.
Dr. Unützer is Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. He also holds adjunct appointments as Professor in the School of Public Health (Department of Health Services and Department of Global Health) and as Affiliate Investigator at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, WA.
Dr. Unützer founded and directed the AIMS Center from 2004 – 2018. He was the principal investigator for the Improving Mood: Providing Access to Collaborative Treatment (IMPACT) trial, which showed that patients receiving IMPACT care (collaborative care) were twice as likely to show improvement than patients in usual care. In recent years, Dr. Unützer’s work has focused on developing local, regional, national, and global partnerships that support workforce development and capacity building in primary and behavioral health care.
He has served as Senior Scientific Advisor to the World Health Organization and as an advisor to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. He works with national and international organizations to improve behavioral health care for diverse populations. His awards include the Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars Award from the American Foundation for Aging Research, the Klerman Junior and Senior Investigator Awards from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, the Research Award from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, and the Senior Health Services Scholar Award from the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Unützer trained in Medicine (MD, Vanderbilt University), Public Policy (MA, University of Chicago), and Public Health / Health Services (MPH, University of Washington). He completed fellowships in Geriatric Psychiatry at UCLA and in Primary Care Psychiatry at the University of Washington.
Amy Bauer, MD, MS is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She is a psychiatric consultant for the University of Washington’s primary-care based Behavioral Health Integration Program (BHIP) and Washington State’s Mental Health Integration Program (MHIP), and co-director of the UW Integrated Care Pathway: Psychiatry in Medical Settings, a program within the Division of Integrated Care and Public Health for Psychiatry residents.
Dr. Bauer has research training in Health Care Policy and in Primary Care Psychiatry and is the recipient of an NCRR-funded Career Development award through the Institute of Translational Health Sciences at University of Washington. Her current research focuses on understanding and addressing health literacy barriers to self-management for people with chronic diseases, with an emphasis on the use of technology to support patient self-management and the delivery of evidence-based mental health services. Dr. Bauer attended medical school at the UC Berkeley / UCSF Joint Medical Program and has completed Psychiatry residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital and a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance and is board certified in Psychiatry and in Psychosomatic Medicine.
Joseph Cerimele MD, MPH is an acting assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. He is a psychiatric consultant for the Washington State’s Mental Health Integration Program (MHIP), and currently works with Dr. Anna Ratzliff to train primary care clinics in implementing Collaborative Care treatment programs.
Dr. Cerimele completed psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2012. He then completed research training in Primary Care Psychiatry in Dr. Wayne Katon’s NRSA fellowship at the University of Washington. His general research interest is in primary care psychiatry with a current focus on improving recognition and quality of care for primary care patients with bipolar disorder seen in safety net settings. Dr. Cerimele also completed an MPH degree at the UW School of Public Health where he was selected as a scholar in the Tobacco Studies Program. He has been awarded the Webb Fellowship from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.
Melissa joined the AIMS Center in 2014 and supports various aspects of its education and training programs. Prior to the AIMS Center, she worked in K-12 education as an ESL teacher in New York City and in higher education teaching English at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. Melissa completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from New York University.
Lydia Chwastiak is a Professor in the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Global Health in the UW School of Public Health. She 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 the University of Washington. Over the past eighteen years, her research has focused on improving the care and outcomes of complex patients who have serious mental illness and co-morbid chronic medical conditions. She has authored or co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and has been the Principal Investigator or a co-Investigator on numerous (federally and non-federally) funded research projects to develop and implement integrated care interventions to improve outcomes among complex patients in low-resource settings.
Dr. Chwastiak has many years of experience as a psychiatric consultant in Washington State’s Mental Health Integration Program (MHIP), and co-led an innovative rotation related to implementation of collaborative care for psychiatry fellows in the UW Integrated Care Training Program. She 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 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington). She leads the training activities related to integrated care for the NW-MHTTC, which includes training of a broad workforce (psychiatrists, nurses, primary care providers, social workers) in both primary care community mental health settings.