• Adjunct Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Adjunct Professor, Health Systems and Population Health
  • Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Paul G. Ramsey Endowed Chair for Brain Health, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Founder, AIMS Center
Jurgen Unutzer

University of Washington
1959 NE Pacific Street
Box 356560
Seattle, WA 98195
United States

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Born and raised in Germany, Dr. Unützer trained in Medicine (Vanderbilt University), Public Policy Studies (University of Chicago), Public Health (UW), Psychiatry (UCLA), and Primary Care Psychiatry / Health Services Research (UW). He currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington.

The author of more than 300 peer reviewed publications and numerous grants, Dr. Unützer is best known for his work on models of care that integrate behavioral health, medical, and public health services. Dr. Unützer founded the AIMS Center (http://aims.uw.edu) which is dedicated to Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions. He led the development and testing of IMPACT, a model of collaborative care that has been implemented in more than 1,000 primary care clinics in the United States and abroad. IMPACT has been shown to double the effectiveness of depression care while reducing overall health care costs. Dr. Unützer’s current focuses on developing local, regional, national, and global partnerships that support workforce development and capacity building in primary and behavioral health care.

  • BS (Iowa State University)
  • MA (University of Chicago)
  • MD (Vanderbilt University)
  • MPH (University of Washington)
Country Affiliations 
  • French
  • German
Health Topics 
  • Health Interventions
  • Mental Health
  • Sociobehavioral

Improving the care of adults with common mental disorders such as depression and comorbid medical disorders


Unutzer J, Chan YF, Hafer E, Shields A, Powers D, Veith RC: Quality improvement with pay-for-performance incentives in integrated behavioral health care. Am J Public Health 2012 Jun; 102(6): e41-5. Epub 2012 Apr 19.

Dua T, Barbui C, Clark N, Fleischmann A, van Ommeren M, Poznyak V, Yasamy MT, Thornicroft G, Jose Luis Ayuso-Mateos JL, Birbeck G, Drummond C, Flisher AJ , Freeman M, Giannakopoulos P,Levav I, Obot IS, Omigbodun O, Patel V, Phillips M, Prince M, Rahimi-Movaghar, Rahman A, Sander JW, Saunders JB, Servili C, Rangaswamy T, Unützer J, Ventevogel P, Vijayakumar L, Saxena S: Evidence Based Guidelines for Mental, Neurological and Substance Use Disorders in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Summary of WHO Recommendations. PLOS Med 2011 Nov; 8(11): e1001122. Epub 2011 Nov 15.

Patel V, Belkin G, Chokalingam A, Cooper J, Saxena S, Unützer J Integrating Mental Health Services into Priority Health Care Programs: addressing a Grand Challenge in Global Mental Health. PLOS Medicine 2013; Epub May 28; 10(5):e1001448.doi.

mhGAP Intervention Guide for Mental, Neurological, and Substance Use Disorders in Non-Specialized Health Settings. World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland; 2010. ISBN 978 92 4 154806 9 (NLM Classification: WM 140).