Charles H. Bombardier Ph.D.

Charles H. Bombardier Ph.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Behavioral Health Care, Brain Injury, Mental Health Care, Multiple Sclerosis, Psychology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Traumatology




Primary Location

Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic at Harborview

410 9th Ave., 4th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.520.5000|Map It 


Dr. Bombardier is a UW professor of rehabilitation medicine and head of the division of clinical and neuropsychology. He is a clinical psychologist, board certified in rehabilitation psychology. He specializes in treating psychological and substance use problems in people with brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and other disabling conditions. He also specializes in helping people find the motivation to make healthy lifestyle changes, adhere to medications and medical regimens, and adjust to traumatic events in the most healthy way possible. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in Seattle as well as master's and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Washington State University in Pullman. He completed his internship and post-doctoral fellowship in medical psychology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He has been on the faculty at the UW since 1989. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Patient Care Philosophy

I believe in the notion that people are not defined by their disabilities. By combining the patient's expertise in his or her own life with my expertise in treating psychological difficulties and making lifestyle changes, the patient can make progress in areas most important to them.

Personal Interests

Tennis, woodworking, traveling with my wife, Michele.

Clinical Interests

Motivational interviewing; using exercise to improve mental, physical and cognitive health; treating depression, pain and physical inactivity; addressing alcohol and other drug use in the context of having physical and/or cognitive disabilities.

Teaching Interests

  • Adjustment to disability
  • Major depression after injury
  • Health promotion and the effects of physical activity in people with disabilities
  • Motivational interviewing for health behavior change

Research Interests

He has conducted studies on treating major depression with exercise, counseling or medication; on promoting physical activity/exercise and other health-promoting behaviors in people with brain injury, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis; and on reducing alcohol or other drug use in people with disabilities.


Washington State UniversityMedical education1987
Duke University Medical CenterInternshipMedical Psychology
Duke University, Dept. of PsychologyFellowshipMedical Psychology


Board Certifications

American Board of Professional Psychology Inc.Clinical Psychology2009
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