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Laura P. Richardson, MD, MPH

Laura P. Richardson, MD, MPH

Pediatrics-Inpatient, Adolescent Medicine

On staff since May 2000

Children's Title: Adolescent Medicine Specialist

Academic Title: Professor

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

"My passion is developing integrated healthcare approaches that remove barriers between the systems that treat mental and physical health problems, in order to better address the needs of adolescents as individuals. My research focuses primarily on adolescent mental health and somatic disorders as well as on improving detection and management of child and adolescent depression in primary care settings."

Laura P. Richardson, MD, MPH, is a member of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She earned her MD and completed a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Michigan.

She earned her MPH in epidemiology and completed a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the University of Washington. She is the director of the adolescent medicine fellowship program and has expertise in the treatment of conversion disorders, somatiform disorders, obesity, eating disorders, depression and anxiety. Richardson is studying links between mental and physical health problems in adolescents and is developing innovative interventions to improve the treatment of mental health conditions for adolescents in primary care settings.

Overview

Board Certification(s)

Pediatrics
Adolescent Medicine

Medical/Professional School

University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor
University of Washington School of Public Health , Seattle

Residency

Pediatrics, University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor

Clinical Interests

Adolescent health, chronic musculoskeletal pain in children, depression

Research Description

My research focuses on better understanding interactions between mental and physical health in adolescents, and on improving detection and management of child and adolescent depression in primary care settings. Prior research projects include assessing the longitudinal association between depression and obesity in adolescence, and evaluating racial and ethnic differences in depression diagnosis and treatment for Medicaid-covered youth. My most recent work involves evaluating quality of follow-up care for depressed youth and designing health system interventions to improve the delivery of evidence-based care and health outcomes for depressed adolescents in primary care settings.

Research Focus Area

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Behavioral / Mental Health

Publications

  • Richardson LP, Fan MY, McCarty CA, Katon W, Edlund M, DeVries A, Martin BC, Sullivan M
    Trends in the prescription of opioids for adolescents with non-cancer pain.
    General hospital psychiatry , 2011 Sept. : 423-8
  • McCarty CA, Russo J, Grossman DC, Katon W, Rockhill C, McCauley E, Richards J, Richardson L
    Adolescents with suicidal ideation: health care use and functioning.
    Academic pediatrics , 2011 Sept. : 422-6
  • Richardson LP, McCauley E, Grossman DC, McCarty CA, Richards J, Russo JE, Rockhill C, Katon W
    Evaluation of the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 Item for detecting major depression among adolescents.
    Pediatrics , 2010 Dec. : 1117-23
  • Ahrens KR, Richardson LP, Courtney ME, McCarty C, Simoni J, Katon W
    Laboratory-diagnosed sexually transmitted infections in former foster youth compared with peers.
    Pediatrics , 2010 July : e97-e103
  • Richards J, Wiese C, Katon W, Rockhill C, McCarty C, Grossman D, McCauley E, Richardson LP
    Surveying adolescents enrolled in a regional health care delivery organization: mail and phone follow-up--what works at what cost?
    Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM , 2010 July : 534-41
  • Richardson LP, Rockhill C, Russo JE, Grossman DC, Richards J, McCarty C, McCauley E, Katon W
    Evaluation of the PHQ-2 as a brief screen for detecting major depression among adolescents.
    Pediatrics , 2010 May : e1097-103
  • Katon W, Richardson L, Russo J, McCarty CA, Rockhill C, McCauley E, Richards J, Grossman DC
    Depressive symptoms in adolescence: the association with multiple health risk behaviors.
    General hospital psychiatry , 2010 May : 233-9
  • Davydow DS, Richardson LP, Zatzick DF, Katon WJ
    Psychiatric morbidity in pediatric critical illness survivors: a comprehensive review of the literature.
    Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2010 Apr, : 377-85
  • Richardson LP, Russo JE, Lozano P, McCauley E, Katon W
    Factors associated with detection and receipt of treatment for youth with depression and anxiety disorders.
    Academic pediatrics , 2010 Jan. : 36-40
  • Richardson L, McCauley E, Katon W
    Collaborative care for adolescent depression: a pilot study.
    General hospital psychiatry , 2009 Jan. : 36-45
  • Richardson LP, Russo JE, Lozano P, McCauley E, Katon W
    The effect of comorbid anxiety and depressive disorders on health care utilization and costs among adolescents with asthma.
    General hospital psychiatry , 2008 Sept. : 398-406
  • Rhew IC, Richardson LP, Lymp J, McTiernan A, McCauley E, Stoep AV
    Measurement matters in the association between early adolescent depressive symptoms and body mass index.
    General hospital psychiatry , 2008 Sept. : 458-66
  • Bennett AV, Lozano P, Richardson LP, McCauley E, Katon WJ
    Identifying high-risk asthma with utilization data: a revised HEDIS definition.
    The American journal of managed care , 2008 July : 450-6
  • Bennett AV, Lozano P, Richardson LP, McCauley E, Katon WJ
    Identifying high-risk asthma with utilization data: a revised HEDIS definition.
    The American journal of managed care , 2008 July : 450-6
  • Katon W, Russo J, Richardson L, McCauley E, Lozano P
    Anxiety and depression screening for youth in a primary care population.
    Ambulatory pediatrics : the official journal of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association , 2008 May : 182-8
  • Tsai SY, Labyak SE, Richardson LP, Lentz MJ, Brandt PA, Ward TM, Landis CA
    Actigraphic sleep and daytime naps in adolescent girls with chronic musculoskeletal pain.
    Journal of pediatric psychology , 2008 Apr, : 307-11
  • Tsai SY, Labyak SE, Richardson LP, Lentz MJ, Brandt PA, Ward TM, Landis CA
    Actigraphic sleep and daytime naps in adolescent girls with chronic musculoskeletal pain.
    Journal of pediatric psychology , 2008 Apr, : 307-11
  • Ahrens KR, DuBois DL, Richardson LP, Fan MY, Lozano P
    Youth in foster care with adult mentors during adolescence have improved adult outcomes.
    Pediatrics , 2008 Feb. : e246-52
  • Ahrens KR, DuBois DL, Richardson LP, Fan MY, Lozano P
    Youth in foster care with adult mentors during adolescence have improved adult outcomes.
    Pediatrics , 2008 Feb. : e246-52
  • Rockhill CM, Russo JE, McCauley E, Katon WJ, Richardson LP, Lozano P
    Agreement between parents and children regarding anxiety and depression diagnoses in children with asthma.
    The Journal of nervous and mental disease , 2007 Nov. : 897-904
  • Katon W, Lozano P, Russo J, McCauley E, Richardson L, Bush T
    The prevalence of DSM-IV anxiety and depressive disorders in youth with asthma compared with controls.
    The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine , 2007 Nov. : 455-63
  • Rockhill CM, Russo JE, McCauley E, Katon WJ, Richardson LP, Lozano P
    Agreement between parents and children regarding anxiety and depression diagnoses in children with asthma.
    The Journal of nervous and mental disease , 2007 Nov. : 897-904
  • Moreno MA, Parks M, Richardson LP
    What are adolescents showing the world about their health risk behaviors on MySpace?
    MedGenMed : Medscape general medicine , 2007 Oct. 11 : 9
  • Moreno MA, Parks M, Richardson LP
    What are adolescents showing the world about their health risk behaviors on MySpace?
    MedGenMed : Medscape general medicine , 2007 Oct. 11 : 9
  • Bush T, Richardson L, Katon W, Russo J, Lozano P, McCauley E, Oliver M
    Anxiety and depressive disorders are associated with smoking in adolescents with asthma.
    The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine , 2007 May : 425-32
  • Richardson LP, Lewis CW, Casey-Goldstein M, McCauley E, Katon W
    Pediatric primary care providers and adolescent depression: a qualitative study of barriers to treatment and the effect of the black box warning.
    The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine , 2007 May : 433-9
  • McCauley E, Katon W, Russo J, Richardson L, Lozano P
    Impact of anxiety and depression on functional impairment in adolescents with asthma.
    General hospital psychiatry , 2007 May : 214-22
  • Richardson LP, Lewis CW, Casey-Goldstein M, McCauley E, Katon W
    Pediatric primary care providers and adolescent depression: a qualitative study of barriers to treatment and the effect of the black box warning.
    The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine , 2007 May : 433-9
  • Katon WJ, Richardson L, Russo J, Lozano P, McCauley E
    Quality of mental health care for youth with asthma and comorbid anxiety and depression.
    Medical care , 2006 Dec. : 1064-72
  • Richardson LP, Lozano P, Russo J, McCauley E, Bush T, Katon W
    Asthma symptom burden: relationship to asthma severity and anxiety and depression symptoms.
    Pediatrics , 2006 Sept. : 1042-51
  • Richardson LP, Lozano P, Russo J, McCauley E, Bush T, Katon W
    Asthma symptom burden: relationship to asthma severity and anxiety and depression symptoms.
    Pediatrics , 2006 Sept. : 1042-51
  • Richardson LP, Garrison MM, Drangsholt M, Mancl L, LeResche L
    Associations between depressive symptoms and obesity during puberty.
    General hospital psychiatry , 2006 July : 313-20
  • Richardson LP, Garrison MM, Drangsholt M, Mancl L, LeResche L
    Associations between depressive symptoms and obesity during puberty.
    General hospital psychiatry , 2006 July : 313-20
  • Garrison MM, Katon WJ, Richardson LP
    The impact of psychiatric comorbidities on readmissions for diabetes in youth.
    Diabetes care , 2005 Sept. : 2150-4
  • Garrison MM, Katon WJ, Richardson LP
    The impact of psychiatric comorbidities on readmissions for diabetes in youth.
    Diabetes care , 2005 Sept. : 2150-4
  • Lewis C, Lynch H, Richardson L
    Fluoride varnish use in primary care: what do providers think?
    Pediatrics , 2005 Jan. : e69-76
  • Richardson LP, Katzenellenbogen R
    Childhood and adolescent depression: the role of primary care providers in diagnosis and treatment.
    Current problems in pediatric and adolescent health care , 2005 Jan. : 6-24
  • Richardson LP, Katzenellenbogen R
    Childhood and adolescent depression: the role of primary care providers in diagnosis and treatment.
    Current problems in pediatric and adolescent health care , 2005 Jan. : 6-24
  • Garrison MM, Richardson LP, Christakis DA, Connell F
    Mental illness hospitalizations of youth in Washington State.
    Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2004 Aug. : 781-5
  • Garrison MM, Richardson LP, Christakis DA, Connell F
    Mental illness hospitalizations of youth in Washington State.
    Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2004 Aug. : 781-5
  • Katon WJ, Richardson L, Lozano P, McCauley E
    The relationship of asthma and anxiety disorders.
    Psychosomatic medicine , 2004 May : 349-55
  • Richardson LP, DiGiuseppe D, Christakis DA, McCauley E, Katon W
    Quality of care for medicaid-covered youth treated with antidepressant therapy.
    Archives of general psychiatry , 2004 May : 475-80
  • Richardson LP, DiGiuseppe D, Christakis DA, McCauley E, Katon W
    Quality of care for medicaid-covered youth treated with antidepressant therapy.
    Archives of general psychiatry , 2004 May : 475-80
  • Richardson LP, DiGiuseppe D, Garrison M, Christakis DA
    Depression in Medicaid-covered youth: differences by race and ethnicity.
    Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2003 Oct. : 984-9
  • Richardson LP, DiGiuseppe D, Garrison M, Christakis DA
    Depression in Medicaid-covered youth: differences by race and ethnicity.
    Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2003 Oct. : 984-9
  • Richardson LP, Davis R, Poulton R, McCauley E, Moffitt TE, Caspi A, Connell F
    A longitudinal evaluation of adolescent depression and adult obesity.
    Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2003 Aug. : 739-45
  • Richardson LP, Davis R, Poulton R, McCauley E, Moffitt TE, Caspi A, Connell F
    A longitudinal evaluation of adolescent depression and adult obesity.
    Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2003 Aug. : 739-45
  • Murray KF, Richardson LP, Morishima C, Owens JW, Gretch DR
    Prevalence of hepatitis C virus infection and risk factors in an incarcerated juvenile population: a pilot study.
    Pediatrics , 2003 Jan. : 153-7
  • Murray KF, Richardson LP, Morishima C, Owens JW, Gretch DR
    Prevalence of hepatitis C virus infection and risk factors in an incarcerated juvenile population: a pilot study.
    Pediatrics , 2003 Jan. : 153-7
  • Richardson LP, Russo JE, Lozano P, McCauley E, Katon W
    The effect of comorbid anxiety and depressive disorders on health care utilization and costs among adolescents with asthma.
    General hospital psychiatry : : 398-406
  • Rhew IC, Richardson LP, Lymp J, McTiernan A, McCauley E, Stoep AV
    Measurement matters in the association between early adolescent depressive symptoms and body mass index.
    General hospital psychiatry : : 458-66
  • Richardson LP, Russo JE, Lozano P, McCauley E, Katon W
    Factors associated with detection and receipt of treatment for youth with depression and anxiety disorders.
    Academic pediatrics : : 36-40
  • Richardson LP, Rockhill C, Russo JE, Grossman DC, Richards J, McCarty C, McCauley E, Katon W
    Evaluation of the PHQ-2 as a brief screen for detecting major depression among adolescents.
    Pediatrics : : e1097-103
  • Davydow DS, Richardson LP, Zatzick DF, Katon WJ
    Psychiatric morbidity in pediatric critical illness survivors: a comprehensive review of the literature.
    Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine : : 377-85
  • Richards J, Wiese C, Katon W, Rockhill C, McCarty C, Grossman D, McCauley E, Richardson LP
    Surveying adolescents enrolled in a regional health care delivery organization: mail and phone follow-up--what works at what cost?
    Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM : : 534-41
  • Ahrens KR, Richardson LP, Courtney ME, McCarty C, Simoni J, Katon W
    Laboratory-diagnosed sexually transmitted infections in former foster youth compared with peers.
    Pediatrics : : e97-e103

Research Funding

Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
Adolescent Collaborative Care Treatment Intervention NIH NIMH $2,297,783.00 Aug. 24, 2009
SERT Polymorphisms and Depression NARSAD Independent Investigator Award $100,000.000 Jan. 1, 2009
The Collaborative Care Model for ADHD Treatment Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Sept. 1, 2007 - Aug. 30, 2008
Improving Primary Care Management of Adolescent Depression NIH NIMH $135,000.00 July 1, 2004