Elizabeth Lin, MD, MPH
Elizabeth H.B. Lin, is a Scientific Investigator at the Group Health Research Institute, a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, and a Family Medicine Physician at Group Health Cooperative. Dr. Lin is well-known for research on improving mental health for patients in general medical settings. She has conducted health services and epidemiologic studies on depression, anxiety, and co-existing chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and arthritis. Through NIMH-funded randomized controlled trials, Dr. Lin and her colleagues have pioneered effective depression interventions- the collaborative care model, which have been adapted in many countries. In a recent randomized trial of a collaborative care program for patients with multiple chronic illnesses and depression, Dr. Lin and colleagues demonstrated significant improvement in diabetes, heart disease, depression, and functional outcomes among patients receiving this team-based multi-condition collaborative care relative to usual care. This team-based integrated chronic illness care management program (TEAMcare) is currently becoming adapted into primary care practices.
Over the last two and half decades, Dr. Lin has provided primary care medical services for patients from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds (e.g. Chinese, Spanish, and English). Dr. Lin spends much of her time disseminating and implementing collaborative care into everyday primary care services for diverse populations.