Lucinda Leung, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

A Short Biography:

Dr. Lucinda Leung is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry in the Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. She is a Staff Physician at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center and a Core Investigator at the Greater Los Angeles VA HSR&D Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy. Dr. Leung is board certified in Clinical Informatics.


Work Titles
UCLA Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research
Education:
Degrees:
M.D., Brown Alpert Medical School, 2011
Ph.D., UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, 2017
M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health, 2010

Contact Information:

Email Address:

lleung@mednet.ucla.edu


Website:


Work Phone Number:

310-478-3711

Mailing Address:

11301 Wilshire Blvd (111G)
Division of General Internal Medicine
Los Angeles, CA 90073


Detailed Biography:

Dr. Leung earned her undergraduate degree in Psychological & Brain Sciences and Chinese Language & Literature at Dartmouth College, her medical degree at Brown Alpert Medical School, her Master of Public Health degree in Family & Community Health at Harvard School of Public Health, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Health Policy & Management at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Following Internal Medicine residency at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, she completed health services research fellowships through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, the Veteran Affairs Quality Scholars Program, and UCLA’s Specialty Training and Advanced Research Program, where she was selected as a Chief Fellow.

Dr. Leung's expertise is in health services research to optimize care for primary care patients with mental health needs, through team-based care models and virtual care. She conducts quality improvement and operations-partnered research activities as part of the VA Primary Care Analytics Team, and has comprehensively examined several national initiatives, including Patient Aligned Care Teams (patient-centered medical homes), Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (collaborative care models), and Clinical Resource Hubs (contingency clinician staffing via telehealth). Dr. Leung is experienced leading research that isolates effects of primary care team models on health care access, utilization, quality, and costs in large patient populations. She has employed a wide range of methodologies (e.g., community-partnered research approaches, mixed-methods research, implementation science, longitudinal cohort analyses, and other secondary data analyses) to redesign practices aiming to enhance healthcare quality and reduce cost. Dr. Leung has published in leading medical and health policy journals, including Annals of Internal Medicine, the JAMA series, American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs, among others.

Dr. Leung is a VA HSR&D Career Development Awardee who is adapting and testing collaborative care models enhanced with computerized cognitive behavioral therapy to treat VA primary care patients with depression. Additionally supported by the VA Offices of Primary Care and of Connected Care, she co-leads a mixed-methods evaluation of telehealth implementation across VA primary care clinics nationally during the COVID-19 pandemic, in an effot to improve delivery of hybrid (in-person/virtual) primary care services.

Publications:

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A selected list of publications:

Leung Lucinda B, Benitez Christopher T, Yee Hal F   eConsult Mental Health: Electronic Referral and Consultation to Integrate Primary Care and Mental Health The Journal of ambulatory care management, 2019; 42(1): 47-50.
Leung Lucinda B, Rubenstein Lisa V, Jaske Erin, Wheat Chelle L, Nelson Karin M, Felker Bradford L   Contrasting Care Delivery Modalities Used by Primary Care and Mental Health Specialties in VA's Telehealth Contingency Staffing Program During the COVID-19 Pandemic Journal of general internal medicine, 2022; .
Leung Lucinda B, Chu Karen, Rose Danielle, Stockdale Susan, Post Edward P, Wells Kenneth B, Rubenstein Lisa V   Electronic Population-Based Depression Detection and Management Through Universal Screening in the Veterans Health Administration JAMA network open, 2022; 5(3): e221875.
Leung Lucinda B, Rubenstein Lisa V, Jaske Erin, Taylor Leslie, Post Edward P, Nelson Karin M, Rosland Ann-Marie   Association of Integrated Mental Health Services with Physical Health Quality Among VA Primary Care Patients Journal of general internal medicine, 2022; 5(3): 1-10.
Ziobrowski Hannah N, Cui Ruifeng, Ross Eric L, Liu Howard, Puac-Polanco Victor, Turner Brett, Leung Lucinda B, Bossarte Robert M, Bryant Corey, Pigeon Wilfred R, Oslin David W, Post Edward P, Zaslavsky Alan M, Zubizarreta Jose R, Nierenberg Andrew A, Luedtke Alex, Kennedy Chris J, Kessler Ronald C   Development of a model to predict psychotherapy response for depression among Veterans Psychological medicine, 2022; 5(3): 1-10.
Germack Hayley D, Leung Lucinda, Zhao Xinhua, Zhang Hongwei, Martsolf Grant R   Association of Team-Based Care and Continuity of Care with Hospitalizations for Veterans with Comorbid Mental and Physical Health Conditions Journal of general internal medicine, 2022; 37(1): 40-48.
Leung Lucinda B, Rose Danielle, Guo Rong, Brayton Catherine E, Rubenstein Lisa V, Stockdale Susan   Mental health care integration and primary care patient experience in the Veterans Health Administration Healthcare (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2021; 9(4): 100587.
Leung Lucinda B, Benitez Christopher T, Dorsey Charmaine, Mahajan Anish P, Hellemann Gerhard S, Whelan Fiona, Park Nina J, Braslow Joel T   Integrating Mental Health in Safety-net Primary Care: A Five-year Observational Study on Visits in a County Health System Medical care, 2021; 59(11): 975-979.
Leung Lucinda B, Ziobrowski Hannah N, Puac-Polanco Victor, Bossarte Robert M, Bryant Corey, Keusch Janelle, Liu Howard, Pigeon Wilfred R, Oslin David W, Post Edward P, Zaslavsky Alan M, Zubizarreta Jose R, Kessler Ronald C   Are Veterans Getting Their Preferred Depression Treatment? A National Observational Study in the Veterans Health Administration Journal of general internal medicine, 2021; 59(11): 975-979.
Der-Martirosian Claudia, Wyte-Lake Tamar, Balut Michelle, Chu Karen, Heyworth Leonie, Leung Lucinda, Ziaeian Boback, Tubbesing Sarah, Mullur Rashmi, Dobalian Aram   Implementation of Telehealth Services at the US Department of Veterans Affairs During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Mixed Methods Study JMIR formative research, 2021; 5(9): e29429.
Ziobrowski Hannah N, Leung Lucinda B, Bossarte Robert M, Bryant Corey, Keusch Janelle N, Liu Howard, Puac-Polanco Victor, Pigeon Wilfred R, Oslin David W, Post Edward P, Zaslavsky Alan M, Zubizarreta Jose R, Kessler Ronald C   Comorbid mental disorders, depression symptom severity, and role impairment among Veterans initiating depression treatment through the Veterans Health Administration Journal of affective disorders, 2021; 290(9): 227-236.
Essien Utibe R, Tipirneni Renuka, Leung Lucinda B, Sterling Madeline R   Surviving and Thriving as Leaders in General Internal Medicine-Reply Journal of general internal medicine, 2021; 36(5): 1435-1436.
Puac-Polanco Victor, Leung Lucinda B, Bossarte Robert M, Bryant Corey, Keusch Janelle N, Liu Howard, Ziobrowski Hannah N, Pigeon Wilfred R, Oslin David W, Post Edward P, Kessler Ronald C   Treatment Differences in Primary and Specialty Settings in Veterans with Major Depression Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM, 2021; 34(2): 268-290.
Leung Lucinda B, Young Alexander S, Heyworth Leonie, Rose Danielle, Stockdale Susan, Graaff A Laurie, Dresselhaus Timothy R, Rubenstein Lisa V   Do Collaborative Care Managers and Technology Enhance Primary Care Satisfaction with Care from Embedded Mental Health Providers? Journal of general internal medicine, 2020; 35(12): 3458-3464.
Leung Lucinda B, Rose Danielle, Rubenstein Lisa V, Guo Rong, Dresselhaus Timothy R, Stockdale Susan   Does Mental Health Care Integration Affect Primary Care Clinician Burnout? Results from a Longitudinal Veterans Affairs Survey Journal of general internal medicine, 2020; 35(12): 3620-3626.
Leung Lucinda B, Steers W Neil, Hoggatt Katherine J, Washington Donna L   Explaining racial-ethnic differences in hypertension and diabetes control among veterans before and after patient-centered medical home implementation PloS one, 2020; 15(10): e0240306.
Yoon Jean, Leung Lucinda B, Rubenstein Lisa V, Rose Danielle E, Stockdale Susan E, Kaboli Peter J, Chow Adam   Use of the Veterans' Choice Program and Attrition From Veterans Health Administration Primary Care Medical care, 2020; 58(12): 1091-1097.
Leung Lucinda B, Rubenstein Lisa V, Post Edward P, Trivedi Ranak B, Hamilton Alison B, Yoon Jean, Jaske Erin, Yano Elizabeth M   Association of Veterans Affairs Primary Care Mental Health Integration With Care Access Among Men and Women Veterans JAMA network open, 2020; 3(10): e2020955.
Leung Lucinda B, Dyer Karen E, Yano Elizabeth M, Young Alexander S, Rubenstein Lisa V, Hamilton Alison B   Collaborative care clinician perceptions of computerized cognitive behavioral therapy for depression in primary care Translational behavioral medicine, 2020; 10(3): 565-572.
Yoon Jean, Leung Lucinda B, Rubenstein Lisa V, Nelson Karin, Rose Danielle E, Chow Adam, Stockdale Susan E   Greater patient-centered medical home implementation was associated with lower attrition from VHA primary care Healthcare (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2020; 8(2): 100429.
Essien Utibe R, Tipirneni Renuka, Leung Lucinda B, Sterling Madeline R   Surviving and Thriving as Physicians in General Internal Medicine Fellowship in the Twenty-First Century Journal of general internal medicine, 2020; .
Leung Lucinda B, Post Edward P, Jaske Erin, Wells Kenneth B, Rubenstein Lisa V   Quality of Mental Health Care in Integrated Veterans Affairs Patient-Centered Medical Homes: a National Observational Study Journal of general internal medicine, 2019; 34(12): 2700-2701.
Leung Lucinda B, Rose Danielle, Stockdale Susan, McGowan Michael, Yano Elizabeth M, Graaff A Laurie, Dresselhaus Timothy R, Rubenstein Lisa V   Regional Adoption of Primary Care-Mental Health Integration in Veterans Health Administration Patient-Centered Medical Homes Journal for healthcare quality : official publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality, 2019; 41(5): 297-305.
Leung Lucinda B, Yoon Jean, Rubenstein Lisa V, Post Edward P, Metzger Maureen E, Wells Kenneth B, Sugar Catherine A, Escarce José J   Changing Patterns of Mental Health Care Use: The Role of Integrated Mental Health Services in Veteran Affairs Primary Care Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM, 2019; 31(1): 38-48.
Leung Lucinda B, Escarce José J, Yoon Jean, Sugar Catherine A, Wells Kenneth B, Young Alexander S, Rubenstein Lisa V   High Quality of Care Persists With Shifting Depression Services From VA Specialty to Integrated Primary Care Medical care, 2019; 57(8): 654-658.
Leung Lucinda B, Rubenstein Lisa V, Yoon Jean, Post Edward P, Jaske Erin, Wells Kenneth B, Trivedi Ranak B   Veterans Health Administration Investments In Primary Care And Mental Health Integration Improved Care Access Health affairs (Project Hope), 2019; 38(8): 1281-1288.
Giannitrapani Karleen F, Leung Lucinda, Huynh Alexis K, Stockdale Susan E, Rose Danielle, Needleman Jack, Yano Elizabeth M, Meredith Lisa, Rubenstein Lisa V   Interprofessional training and team function in patient-centred medical home: Findings from a mixed method study of interdisciplinary provider perspectives Journal of interprofessional care, 2018; 42(1): 1-10.
Leung Lucinda B, Yoon Jean, Escarce José J, Post Edward P, Wells Kenneth B, Sugar Catherine A, Yano Elizabeth M, Rubenstein Lisa V   Primary Care-Mental Health Integration in the VA: Shifting Mental Health Services for Common Mental Illnesses to Primary Care Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.), 2018; 69(4): 403-409.
Brunner Julian, Schweizer C Amanda, Canelo Ismelda A, Leung Lucinda B, Strauss Jennifer L, Yano Elizabeth M   Timely access to mental health care among women veterans Psychological services, 2018; 42(1): 1-10.
Leung Lucinda B, Vargas-Bustamante Arturo, Martinez Ana E, Chen Xiao, Rodriguez Hector P   Disparities in Diabetes Care Quality by English Language Preference in Community Health Centers Health services research, 2018; 53(1): 509-531.
Leung Lucinda B, Escarce José J   Consumer-directed health plans: do doctors and nurses buy in? The American journal of managed care, 2017; 23(3): e89-e94.
Leung Lucinda B, Simmons James E, Ho Julius, Anselin Emma, Yalamanchili Rian, Rabatin Joseph S   A Five-Year Evolution of a Student-led Elective on Health Disparities at The Alpert Medical School Rhode Island medical journal (2013), 2016; 99(10): 43-47.
Khalili Joshua, Leung Lucinda B, Diamant Allison L   Finding the perfect doctor: identifying lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-competent physicians American journal of public health, 2015; 105(6): 1114-9.
Binagwaho Agnes, Mugwaneza Placidie, Irakoze Ange Anitha, Nsanzimana Sabin, Agbonyitor Mawuena, Nutt Cameron T, Wagner Claire M, Rukundo Alphonse, Ahayo Anita, Drobac Peter, Karema Corine, Hinda Ruton, Leung Lucinda, Bandara Sachini, Chopyak Elena, Fawzi Mary C Smith   Scaling up early infant diagnosis of HIV in Rwanda, 2008-2010 Journal of public health policy, 2013; 34(1): 2-16.
Leung Lucinda B, Busch Andrew M, Nottage Sarah L, Arellano Naira, Glieberman Eva, Busch Nicholas J, Smith Stephen R   Approach to antihypertensive adherence: a feasibility study on the use of student health coaches for uninsured hypertensive adults Behavioral medicine (Washington, D.C.), 2012; 38(1): 19-27.
Leung Lucinda   Teaching health centers and the primary care workforce crisis for the underserved Annals of internal medicine, 2010; 152(9): 614-5.

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