Prechter Program Kilbourne

Amy M. Kilbourne, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School
Director, Quality Enhancement Research Initiative, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Dr. Kilbourne is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan and is Director of the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) national program, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Kilbourne is a national expert in collaborative care models for mood disorders and implementation science, including the design of implementation strategies (Enhanced Replicating Effective Programs) to promote the more rapid translation of research findings into actionable policy and practice. She also co-directs the U-M Psychiatry Integrated Care Medicaid Match Program, which is focused on implementing and evaluating programs to improve physical and behavioral health services for Michigan residents.

Dr. Kilbourne has been widely recognized for her development of integrated treatment models for depression and bipolar disorders (Life Goals), cardiovascular risk reduction in mood disorders, measurement-based care, healthcare analytics, and health policy. Her research has led to several national improvement initiatives and policies across large healthcare systems, including a VA national population management program for persons with schizophrenia or bipolar disorders, a health disparities research roadmap, and a psychosocial intervention toolkit to improve physical and behavioral health outcomes for persons with mood disorders.

Dr. Kilbourne is the recipient of several awards including the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and the Gerald L. Klerman Research Award from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). Dr. Kilbourne also serves on several national committees, including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ, DEcIDE Network for comparative effectiveness and patient-centered outcomes research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) mental health services study section, and is a Senior Fellow with the Partnership for Public Service in Washington, D.C. Dr. Kilbourne received her bachelors of arts at the University of California at Berkeley (double major in molecular biology and rhetoric), and her masters in epidemiology and Ph.D. in health policy and administration from the University of California Los Angeles.