Biography

I am an affiliate Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and founder of Luxton Labs LLC - a behavioral health technology company. I'm also a licensed clinical psychologist in Washington and Montana, and I operate a private clinical psychology practice.

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 U.S. 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. I am also a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Academic CV

Research Work

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've been a Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on numerous federally funded clinical trials.

I also provide subject matter expertise and consultation in the areas of telehealth and technology in mental health.

Military Service

Military service is in my DNA. I served on active-duty in the US. Air Force and then in the US Air Force Reserves while in graduate school. My duty assignments had me working in some interesting places, from the belly of US Strategic Command, to the NSA, and I may have glimpsed Hanger 18 at Wright Patterson AFB – a fact I can neither confirm nor deny. During the great pandemic of 2020, I once again entered military service as a commissioned Preventative Medicine Officer with the Washington State Military Department, providing training, emergency management, and other duties.

My great, great grandfather, Major Edward D. Luxton was a Union calvary officer in the US Civil War. To honor him in patriotic tradition, I'm a member of the Sons of Union Civil War Veterans and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, of which he was a founding officer.

Music & More

I'm also a musician, producer, and founder of the Pacific Northwest based Wayfarer Records label. I'm classically trained in guitar, and my albums and soundtracks cover the gamuts of musical styles, mostly notably Space Ambient music.

I also enjoy mountain climbing and I'm an avid salt water sailor. I'm also 1st Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon Certified in Olympic Style Taekwondo and used to compete regionally.

Volunteer work is very important to me. In addition to military service, I also volunteer as an Aerospace Education Officer with the Civil Air Patrol, and I'm also Chief Science Officer at NowMattersNow.org in Seattle.

Please contact me for speaking arrangement and radio/podcast appearance.

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My Vision

My vision is to build, and help others to build, technologies that help promote behavioral change and that improve the lives of people. You may be interested in visiting Luxton Labs, the behavioral health tech company I founded in 2015.

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