Alan R. Teo, M.D., M.S.

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
  • Residency Research Track Director, Psychiatry, School of Medicine
  • Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program, School of Medicine

Biography

I have been actively engaged in medical research since 2006, and my first-peer reviewed publication appeared in 2007 as I was completing medical school. I have over 70 peer-reviewed publications (29 first-authored) and 3 book chapters. My formal research training has consisted of a: 1) research track in psychiatry residency at the University of California San Francisco (2007 - 2011); 2) master’s degree in health and health care research at the University of Michigan (2011 – 2012); and 3) research fellowship as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at University of Michigan (2011 – 2013). I am clinically trained as a general adult psychiatrist, having completed my residency at University of California San Francisco. Since 2011, my clinical expertise has been in providing psychiatric and behavioral care for patients and Veterans through a collaborative care model integrating primary care and mental health.

I am an Associate Professor with dual appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and School of Public Health at Oregon Health & Science University. I joined the Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) as a Core Investigator in 2013, a national research center located at the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS). In 2014, I was awarded a 5-year career development award (CDA-2), with research projects focusing on identifying ways to enhance Veterans’ depression outcomes by involving their family or other close relations in their care. In 2016, I received two foundation grants examining the acceptability and feasibility of using social media to identify and engage young Veterans in mental health treatment. In 2018, I was awarded a VA Merit Review (R01 equivalent) to conduct a cluster randomized controlled trial using behavioral economics and “nudges” to decrease appointment “no-shows.” My prior research experience includes intervention development and evaluation, specifically in the area of suicide prevention.

Education

  • B.A., 2001, Stanford University
  • M.D., 2007, University of California
  • M.S., 2012, University of Michigan
  • Residency:

    • Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 2011
  • Fellowship:

    • Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2013

Honors and awards

  • Ai Isayama Scholarship, Asia-Pacific Research Center, 2000
  • American Youth Scholarship, American Youth Scholarship Foundation, 2006
  • Young Psychiatrists Fellowship, Pacific Rim College of Psychiatry, 2008
  • John P. Spiegel Memorial Fellowship, Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture, 2009
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration Minority Fellowship, American Psychiatric Association, 2009-2013
  • Resident Research Award, American Psychiatry Association, 2012
  • Fellowship Award, Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2012
  • Young Presentation Award, Pacific Rim College of Psychiatry, 2012
  • Best Poster Award, Pacific Rim College of Psychiatry, 2012
  • Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators, American Psychiatric Association, 2013

Memberships and associations

  • Core Investigator, Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC), HSR&D Center of Innovation, VA Portland Health Care System
  • Member, American Psychiatric Association, 2006-Present
  • Member, Northern California Psychiatric Society (NCPS), 2006-2012
  • Committee Member, Council on Medical Education and Lifelong Learning, American Psychiatric Association, 2009-2011
  • Ad hoc reviewer, International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 2011-Present
  • Associate, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 2011-2013
  • Member, University of Michigan Depression Center, 2012-2013
  • Membership Committee Member, Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture, 2012-2014
  • Affiliate, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 2013-Present
  • Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 2013-Present
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Family Practice, 2013-Present
  • Member, Oregon Psychiatric Physicians Association, 2013-Present
  • Member, VA National Caregiver Research Interest Group, 2014-Present
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2014-Present
  • Fellow, Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists, 2014-Present
  • Research Committee Member, Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture, 2014-Present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists, 2014-Present
  • Member, Society for Behavioral Medicine, 2014-Present
  • Member, Psychiatry in Patient-Aligned Care Teams (PACT) Interest Group, Veterans Health Administration, 2014-2015
  • Advisory Board Member, VA Mental Health Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) Suicide Prevention Coalition, 2014-2015
  • Chair, Committee on Research Communication, Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care, VA Portland Health Care System, 2016-Present
  • Member, Executive Committee, Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care, VA Portland Health Care System, 2018-Present
  • Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health & Science University, 2020-Present

Areas of interest

  • Influence of Social Connection on Depression
  • Hikikomori and Cultural Aspects of Social Withdrawal
  • Using Social Media in Health Services Research
  • Suicide Prevention in Military Veterans
  • Gatekeeper Training to Mitigate Risk of Suicide
  • Promoting Engagement in Healthcare Services Through Nudges and Communication Campaigns

Publications

Selected publications

  • Teo AR, Andrea SB, Sakakibara R, Motohara S, Matthieu MM, Fetters MD. Brief gatekeeper training for suicide prevention in an ethnic minority population: a controlled intervention. BMC Psychiatry. 2016 Jul 7;16:211. doi: 10.1186/s12888-016-0924-4. PubMed PMID: 27388600; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4936244.
  • “Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention: A Systematic Review Focusing on Veterans.” Psychiatric Services Jun 15, 2017.
  • “Help-Seeking on Facebook Versus More Traditional Sources of Help: Cross-Sectional Survey of Military Veterans.” Journal of Medical Internet Research Feb 2018.
  • Andrea SB, Siegel SA, Teo AR. Social Support and Health Service Use in Depressed Adults: Findings From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2016 Mar-Apr;39:73-9. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2015.11.009. Epub 2015 Dec 1. PubMed PMID: 26795687.
  • “Social withdrawal in major depressive disorder: A case-control study in Japan.” Journal of Affective disorders Jun 2020
  • “Social connectedness, depression symptoms, and health service utilization” Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology May 2020
  • “Brief gatekeeper training for suicide prevention in an ethnic minority population: a controlled intervention.” BMC Psychiatry Jul 7, 2016.
  • “Social Support and Health Service Use in Depressed Adults: Findings From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.” General Hospital Psychiatry Mar-Apr 2016

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