Eric J. Bruns, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
(206) 685-2477
Professional Summary

Director, University of Washington Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team; Co-Director, National Wraparound Initiative; Co-Director, Washington State Children’s Mental Health Evidence Based Practice Institute; Associate Director, UW School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Bruns’s research and other professional activities focus on public child-serving systems, and how to maximize their positive effects on youth with behavioral health needs and their families. Toward this end, Dr. Bruns focuses on areas with the greatest potential for significant public health impact. Two primary examples include research-based “wraparound” care coordination models for the 5% of youths with the most serious and complex needs (that account for 50% of all children’s behavioral health resources) and school mental health services (which account for 80% of all children’s mental health treatment encounters). He has also conducted research on specialty courts for children involved in the child welfare system due to parental substance abuse, family and youth peer to peer support services, and state-level strategies to delivering behavioral health care, including research-based practices. 

Dr. Bruns directs the National Wraparound Initiative, a national organization that conducts research and disseminates information to promote high quality and consistent wraparound care coordination, and the Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team, which develops and supports use of fidelity measures for the wraparound process. He is also the UW lead for the Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network), a new national technical assistance center for States and communities funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA. He is the Principal Investigator for an Institute for Education Sciences (IES)-funded grant to develop and pilot test a brief, evidence-based school mental health intervention. Finally, he is the UW lead on Washington State’s Statewide System of Care Expansion grant and statewide rollout of wraparound care coordination. He served as Editor of the journal Report on Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Youth and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Child and Family Studies. He has served as Principal Investigator for four NIMH-funded studies in children’s mental health and authored over 60 refereed journal articles and book chapters.