Eric J. Bruns, Ph.D.

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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

Eric J. Bruns, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Bruns’s research focuses 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 primarily on two areas with high public health significance. The first is intensive care coordination models for youths with serious emotional and behavioral challenges (SEBC). In this area, Dr. Bruns co-directs the National Wraparound Initiative, the National Wraparound Implementation Center (, and the UW Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team, and has led multiple federally-funded research and intervention development projects aimed at defining and evaluating impact of intensive care coordination models. The second area is school mental health services. In this area, Dr. Bruns is Associate Director of the UW SMART Center, where he leads the Center’s Technical Assistance Core and directs its Department of Education-funded Post-doctoral Research Training Program. He has served as PI or Co-I on six Institute for Education Sciences (IES)-funded research studies, on topics such as development and efficacy testing of an efficient engagement, triage, and brief assessment approach for school clinicians, intensive Tier 3 intervention-models for high school students with SEBC, and methods for addressing racial disparities in school discipline.