Kari A Stephens
Associate Professor


Kari A. Stephens, PhD is an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Research Informatics in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Stephens is a practicing clinical psychologist and biomedical informaticist with an adjunct appointment in Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education. Dr. Stephens leads the Integrated Primary Care training track within the UW Psychology Residency Program, in collaboration with the UW Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Integrated Care Training Program. Dr. Stephens current research focuses on electronic health record data sharing / integration to improve population health in primary care and dissemination of behavioral treatments into integrated primary care settings, particularly among disadvantaged populations. She holds leadership roles locally and nationally in efforts pursuing use of tools and methods that leverage electronic health data in research, particularly in primary care to improve health, including leading regional informatics for the UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences, serving on the steering committee for the UW eScience Institute, and as an Associate Director of the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center. Dr. Stephens has been funded by NIH, PCORI, AHRQ, SAHMSA, DoD, CDC, private agencies / foundations, and local and state government agencies. She has conducted population-based research in medical settings examining areas that include service and disease disparities, posttraumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, addiction and opioid use, particularly in integrated care contexts. She directs a regional electronic health record (EHR) data sharing research network, Data QUEST, which harmonizes EHR data across multiple health care institutions in the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho five-state region. Data QUEST is a data sharing resource for researchers interested in improving health through primary care. Prior to joining Family Medicine, Dr. Stephens was faculty in UW Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences from 2008-2019, collaborating with multiple centers and divisions to improve mental health care, completed a 2-year training grant from the National Institute of Mental Health in 2010, completed her residency in UW Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the UW Department of Psychology in 2008.