Katherine Comtois



Kate Comtois, PhD, MPH is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. in clinical/community psychology from the University of Maryland in 1992.  She received her MPH in Health Services at the University of Washington in 2009.

Dr. Comtois’ research career is dedicated to promoting the recovery of individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts and behavior and the effectiveness and resilience of the clinical staff and families who care for them.  This is the focus of her clinical work and training as well as her health services, treatment development, and clinical trials research. Dr. Comtois has over 25 years of experience in Dialectical Behavior Therapy training and implementation in large health systems.  She founded and is past president of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC), a leading implementation science organization, and directs the Dissemination and Implementation Core of the Military Suicide Research Foundation. Dr. Comtois directed the award-winning Harborview DBT program, one of the longest standing DBT programs in the country, from 1996-2019.  Dr. Comtois now co-leads the UW Psychiatry Annual DBT training program she developed and leads the associated clinical training for psychiatry residents and leads the DBT program at the UW Medicine Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic.  Dr. Comtois has received awards for her teaching and mentoring from the UW Psychiatry Residency and Psychology Pre-doctoral Internship programs and was the UW Postdoctoral Association Mentor of the Year in 2008.