Valerie R. Ross, MS
Senior Lecturer, Family Medicine
Director of Behavioral Science UWFM Rsidency
Family Medicine Residency
Phone: 206-520-2413

Biographical Profile

Ms. Ross is a psychotherapist and currently directs the behavioral science curriculum at the University of Washington Family Medicine program. She is licensed in the state of Washington as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her MFT from Seattle Pacific University and Presbyterian Counseling Services in Seattle, WA. and trained in collaborative care settings at both Group Health Cooperative and the University of Washington. She has taught medical students, residents,faculty and therapists for over 16 years. Her scholarship has focused on Direct Observation in Resident Training, Complexity in Medical Care, and Narrative Medicine. Her teaching interests include relationship-centered care, patient-centered communication, care of complex patients, behavior change in primary care, trauma focused approaches to care, narrative medicine and mind-body medicine. Along with her duties at the University of Washington she is currently serving a second terms as a mentor for new behavioral scientists around the country as part of the Behavioral and Family Systems Fellowship for the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine.

Scholarly Work

Osborn J, Raetz J, Overstreet F, Ross V, Charles C, Mauksch L. Curriculum on Care for Complex Patients: Resident Perspectives. Family Medicine, in press.

Chunchu K. , Mauksch L. , Charles C. , Ross V. , Pauwels J. A Patient Centered Care Plan in the EHR: Improving Collaboration and Engagement. Families, Systems and Health. 2012 Sep;30(3): 199-209

Shapiro, J & Ross, V. Applications of Narrative Theory and Therapy to the Practice of Family Medicine. Family Medicine, 2002.34 (2) 96-100.

Shapiro, J. & Ross, V. Applications of Narrative Theory and Therapy to the Practice of Family Medicine; Authors Reply. Family Medicine, 2002. 34(8) 563.

Education & Training



Degree or Credential



Seattle Pacific Univesity  MS/MFT 1994