David D. Luxton, Ph.D.

David D. Luxton, Ph.D. is a Research Psychologist and Program Manager at the Department of Defense’s National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2) and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He received his PhD. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kansas and is a licensed Clinical Psychologist.

His primary research focus areas are:

  1. Military psychological health
  2. The effectiveness of telemental health treatments and applications
  3. Telehealth policy and economic evaluation
  4. Emerging technology-based treatments
  5. Military and Veteran suicide prevention

Dr. Luxton has published more than thirty-five peer-reviewed research manuscripts and seven book chapters. He presents regularly at Department of Defense (DoD) conferences and at civilian professional organizations. He is currently a principal investigator on two major grant funded randomized controlled trials; the first study tests a suicide prevention outreach program for U.S. Service Members and Veterans and the second study compares Behavioral Activation treatment delivered via web-cams or in-person to Soldiers and Veterans with Depression.  He is a co-investigator on four additional grant funded studies and serves as a subject matter expert/consultant regarding military psychological health issues and technology-based interventions.

Dr. Luxton has served on national committees and review panels including:

  • American Telemedicine Association Tele-Mental Health Outcomes Standardizations Workgroup, 2012.
  • Military & Veterans Suicide Prevention Clinical Best Practices Workgroup, 2011.
  • DoD-VA Suicide Nomenclature and Data Work Group, 2011.
  • CDMRP Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury, Panel Scientific Reviewer, 2011.
  • Joint Program Committee Member/Programmatic reviewer, Military Operational Medicine Research Program, US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, 2009.
  • Advancing Integrated Research in Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury: Common Data Elements, Silver Spring, MD, 2009.

Dr. Luxton has also lead/co-authored the Department of Defense Suicide Event (DODSER) Report Annual Report since 2008. Dr. Luxton is a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served as a Secure Communications Systems Technician. He is a recipient of the U.S. Air Force Achievement Medal and National Defense Service Medal. Dr. Luxton has been a member of the American Psychological Association since 2003 is a founding member of the proposed Society for Technology and Psychology. He is also a musician and composer and member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.

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