The Behavioral Health and Aging section works closely with Kaiser Permanente clinicians to identify issues of concern in practice in mental health and behavioral health, including addiction medicine. They use the unique data produced by a large integrated health care system to identify important factors of health risk as well as the most effective practices in treating mental and behavioral health problems.
The section is home to the Center for Addiction and Mental Health Research (CAMHR). CAMHR contributes to building the evidence base at the intersection of implementation science, health services research, cost-effectiveness, prevention, and clinical outcomes in the areas of addiction and mental and behavioral health.
Researchers in aging study the epidemiology of age-associated conditions including dementia, cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as predictors of longevity and successful aging. Ethnic disparities and early life predictors of aging outcomes, as well as aging successfully in the context of chronic diseases, is a particular focus.
The Research Program on Genes, Environment, and Health is one of the largest research projects in the United States to examine the genetic and environmental factors that influence common diseases. This new knowledge has the potential to improve health and health care delivery by leading to new and improved diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Silverberg, PhD, MPH
Andrew L. Avins, MD, MPH
Lisa F Barcellos, PhD, MPH
Cynthia I. Campbell, PhD, MPH
Hélène Choquet, PhD
Brianna Costales, PhD
Kathryn K. Erickson-Ridout, MD, PhD
Paola Gilsanz, ScD
Matthew E. Hirschtritt, MD, MPH
Esti M. Iturralde, PhD
Verena E. Metz, PhD
Maha Mian, PhD
Neil J. Risch, PhD
Derek D. Satre, PhD
Catherine A. Schaefer, PhD
Stacy A. Sterling, DrPH, MSW, MPH
Constance M. Weisner, DrPH, MSW
Rachel A. Whitmer, PhD
Kristine Yaffe, MD
Kelly Young-Wolff, PhD, MPH
Pharmacists help people with serious mental illness overcome barriers to good health
Telehealth visits with a specially trained pharmacist resulted in better medication adherence and diabetes screening for people with serious mental illness who are enrolled in an innovative Kaiser Permanente Northern California program.