Katherine Anne Comtois Ph.D., M.P.H.

Katherine Anne Comtois Ph.D., M.P.H.

Specialties and Expertise



Psychiatry and Behavioral Health




Primary Location

Psychiatry Consultation Service at Harborview

325 9th Ave., 5th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.744.3452|Map It 

Psychotherapy Clinic at Harborview

401 Broadway, 1st Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.744.9622|Map It 


Dr. Comtois conducts research evaluating mental health services and the implementation of evidence-based practices in large health systems. She has been the principal investigator on clinical trials to improve services to suicidal individuals and individuals with borderline personality disorder funded by the NIMH, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Military Operational Medicine Research Program. She is the director of the Seattle Implementation Research Conference (www.societyforimplementationresearchcollaboration.org), which brings together a range of experts in implementation and implementation research to improve the training, uptake and sustainability of evidence based psychosocial interventions in community settings. Dr. Comtois has directed the Harborview Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program in a public mental health center for almost 20 years. Dr. Comtois has been an individual and skills training research therapist as well as co-investigator on multiple clinical trials of DBT with Dr. Marsha Linehan. This program received the best direct service program by King County in 2000. Dr. Comtois and her DBT team also developed the DBT-Accepting the Challenges of Exiting the System (DBT-ACES) program – to assist psychiatrically disabled patients to return to/achieve living wage employment.  Dr. Comtois also led a Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) team for three years as part of a clinical trial.  This team implemented CAMS at Harborview to adherence with supervision from Dr. Dave Jobes, the treatment developer.  She is currently co-PI on a large clinical trial of CAMS.

Patient Care Philosophy

I believe that people behave as they do for good reasons. In order to change our behavior and our situation, we have to identify and accept these good reasons and change those we can.

Clinical Interests

Depressive disorders; dissociative disorders; personality disorders; suicide; trauma; PTSD; disasters; evidence-based medicine; health services research; social & community psychiatry; technology and mental health.

Teaching Interests

Evidence-based psychotherapies and research methods to develop and disseminate treatments in community settings.

Research Interests

Personality disorders; suicide; evidence-based medicine; health services research; technology and mental health; social & community psychiatry.


Univ. of Washington, School of Public Health & Community MedicineMaster Public Health2009
Univ. of Maryland at College Park ATTN: Registrar OfficeMedical education1992
Univ. of Washington, Psychology InternshipInternshipPsychology
UW - Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral SciencesFellowship

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