Benjamin Buck, PhD
Acting Instructor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington
Ben Buck, Ph.D., is the Clinical Training Lead in the Behavioral Research in Technology and Engineering (BRiTE) Center, as well as an Acting Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. His research is focused on developing mHealth assessments and interventions for schizophrenia-spectrum disorders and cross-diagnostic persecutory ideation. His work has a particular focus on developing mHealth interventions that can be delivered remotely to individuals at risk of psychosis and their family caregivers to promote treatment seeking and reduce duration of untreated illness. His work is supported by a 2019 NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and a K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23MH122504) from NIMH.
In addition to his program of research, Dr. Buck is committed to clinical supervision and training. He is currently leading one of the first clinical training sequences for community mental health clinicians learning to serve as mHealth support specialists for clients with serious mental illness. He has been previously recognized as a clinical trainer, as he was the first-ever student winner of UNC’s David Galinsky Award, an honor recognizing excellence in clinical supervision that had previously only ever been won by faculty. He is active in providing supervision in cognitive behavior therapy to third-year psychiatry residents at UW.
Prior to his faculty position at UW, Dr. Buck completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Services Research and Development at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, where he also completed his clinical psychology internship. While a predoctoral intern, he was awarded the APA Division 18 Outstanding VA Trainee Award. Prior to internship, he completed his undergraduate and doctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Throughout his training, he has been dedicated to providing care to individuals with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, with experience in inpatient state hospital, VA psychosocial rehabilitation, intensive outpatient and dual-diagnosis settings, as well as in coordinated specialty care for young adults with early psychosis.