Lynn Debar

Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, affiliate professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Washington

Lynn DeBar, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and behavioral health researcher whose work in recent years has focused primarily on the health care service needs of patients with chronic pain particularly those with complicating comorbid conditions. Her work includes both large scale epidemiological studies examining the impact of health care policies on patient receipt of pain-related behavioral health and complementary and integrative health care services as well as pragmatic trials of multidisciplinary biopsychosocial treatment approaches for patients with pain in primary care settings. Dr. DeBar works closely with physicians at Kaiser Permanente and other health care systems to ensure that her research findings make their way into clinical practice, and to identify real-world clinical practices that have the potential to improve service delivery through large-scale adoption of behavioral and lifestyle interventions. Dr. DeBar serves on the National Advisory Council for the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and has been the principal investigator of projects funded by NINDS, NIMH, NCCIH, NIDDK, NICHD, and PCORI.