David D. Luxton, PhD

Psychologist, Technologist, Consultant, Author


My research and writing are focused in the areas of technology-based psychological treatments, telehealth, and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence applications in mental health care. Much of my work has focused on telemental health with an emphasis on clinical best-practices. I've also conducted extensive research in the areas of military psychological health and suicide risk and prevention. I am Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several federally funded clinical trials. I also provide subject matter expertise and consultation in the areas of telehealth and technology in mental health. I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Washington State.

I am an affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and Chief Science Officer at NowMattersNow.org. I previously served as a Research Health Scientist at the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, CA where I served as Principal Investigator of the Department of Defense's Millennium Cohort Study - the largest prospective health study in US Military history. Before I moved to San Diego, I served as a Research Psychologist and Program Manager at the DoD's National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2) in Tacoma WA. In 2015, I formed Luxton Labs LLC.

I am always looking for collaborators; email me here: ddluxton "at" uw "dot" edu

Academic CV


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Luxton, D. D., (Ed) (2016). Artificial Intelligence in Behavioral and Mental Healthcare, Elsevier/Academic Press

Luxton, D. D., Nelson, E. & Maheu, M. (2016). A Practitioner’s Guide to Telemental Health, American Psychological Association Books.

Selected Publications

Emerging Technologies

Luxton, D. D., (Ed) (2016). Artificial Intelligence in Behavioral and Mental Healthcare, Elsevier/Academic Press

Luxton, D. D. (2014). Recommendations for the ethical use and design of artificial intelligent care providers. Artificial Intelligence in Medicine. doi:10.1016/j.artmed.2014.06.004

Luxton, D. D. (2014). Artificial Intelligence in Psychological Practice: Current and Future Applications and Implications. Professional Psychology: Research & Practice. 332-339. doi: 10.1037/a0034559

Luxton, D. D., Mishkind, M. C., Crumpton, R. M., Ayers, T. D., & Mysliwiec, V. (2012). Usability and Feasibility of Smartphone Video Capabilities for Telehealth Care in the U.S. Military, Telemedicine and e-Health, 18, 409-412. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2011.0219

Luxton, D. D., McCann, R. A., Bush, N. E., Mishkind, M. C., & Reger, G. M. (2011). mHealth for Mental Health: Integrating Smartphone Technology in Behavioral Healthcare. Professional Psychology: Research & Practice, 42, 505-512. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0024485


Luxton, D. D. & Lexcen, F. (2018). Forensic Competency Evaluations via Videoconferencing: A Feasibility Review and Best Practice Recommendations. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 49(2), 124-131.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pro0000179

Luxton, D. D., Pruitt, L. D. & Osenbach, J. E. (2014). Best Practices for Remote Psychological Assessment via Telehealth Technologies. Professional Psychology: Research & Practice. 27-35.

Pruitt, L. D., Luxton, D. D., & Shore, P. (in press). Additional clinical benefits of home-based telemental health. Professional Psychology: Research & Practice.

Luxton, D. D. (2013). Considerations for Planning and Evaluating Economic Analyses of Telemental Health. Psychological Services.10, 276-282. doi: 10.1037/a0030658

Turvey, C., Coleman, M., Dennison, O., Drude, K., Goldenson, M.,…Luxton, D. D., et al. (2013). Practice guidelines for video-based online mental health services. Telemedicine and eHealth. 19, 722-730. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2013.9989

Luxton, D. D., O’Brien, K., McCann, R. A., & Mishkind, M. C. (2012). Home-Based Telemental Healthcare Safety Planning: What You Need to Know. Telemedicine and e-Health. 18, 629-633. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2012.0004

Suicide Prevention

Luxton D. D., Trofimovich, L., & Clark, L. L. (2013). Suicide Risk among U.S. Service Members Following Psychiatric Hospitalization, 2001-2011. Psychiatric Services. 64, 626-629. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201200413

Luxton, D. D., June, J. D., & Fairall, J. M. (2012). Social Media and Suicide: A Public Health Perspective. American Journal of Public Health. 102(2), 195-200. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300608

Luxton, D. D., Kinn, J. T., June, J. D., Pierre, L. W., Reger, M. A., Gahm, G. A. (2012). The Caring Letters Project: A Military Suicide Prevention Pilot Program. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 33, 5-12.

Luxton, D. D., Rudd, M. D., Reger, M. A., & Gahm, G. A. (2011). A psychometric study of the suicide ideation scale. Archives of Suicide Research, 15, 250-258.

Luxton, D. D., June, J. D., & Kinn, J. T. (2011). Technology-Based Suicide Prevention: Current Applications and Future Directions. Telemedicine and e-Health, 17, 50-54.

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