Benjamin Buck, PhD

Acting Instructor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington

Benjamin Buck, Ph.D., is an Acting Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. His research is focused on (1) developing innovative mHealth assessments and interventions for schizophrenia-spectrum disorders and cross-diagnostic persecutory ideation, as well as (2) “engagement mHealth,” or the development of mobile health interventions that increase the likelihood that underserved populations present to and receive evidence-based treatment, with a particular focus on young adults at risk for psychosis and their families. His research is supported by a 2019 NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

Prior to his faculty position at UW, Dr. Buck was an Advanced Fellow in VA Health Services Research and Development and the Department of Health Services at UW. He completed his clinical psychology internship at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, where 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 services for individual with serious mental illness, with experience in an inpatient state hospital, VA psychosocial rehabilitation, intensive outpatient and dual-diagnosis clinics, and in coordinated specialty care for young people with early psychosis.

In addition to his program of research and clinical work, Dr. Buck is committed to clinical supervision and training. He is currently leading the development of one of the first clinical training sequences designed for frontline clinicians integrating mHealth into community mental health. He has been recognized as a clinical trainer, as when an outgoing graduate student, 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 currently active in providing supervision in CBT to third-year psychiatry residents at UW.