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 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. My vision is to build, and help others to build, technologies that help promote behavioral change and that improve the lives of people.

Academic CV

Technology & Ethics

The Caring Letters Project

The caring letters concept is a suicide prevention intervention that specifically addresses suicide risk during the post-hospitalization period. The intervention involves the routine sending of brief messages of caring concern to patients who are discharged from inpatient psychiatric treatment

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Selected Articles

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., 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.

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.

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.

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

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/

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.


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Parenting Tech Talk (Ep. 9). (March, 2018) Facebook Live.

The Real Deal. (March, 2018)

Jail video link speeds evaluation of mentally ill inmates. (November, 2017) Everett Herald.

Mobile apps for mental health. (November, 2017) Brain Matters (WVUA 90.7).

The mentally ill in Washington’s legal system deserve better. (September, 2017). The Seattle Times.

The New Era of Suicide Prevention. (April, 2017). The Ringer.

Providing health services from a distance. (November, 2016). Coping Conversations.

The chatbot will see you now: AI may play doctor in the future of healthcare (October, 2016). DigitalTrends.

Teen's Instagram suicide note stayed online 24 hours (April, 2016). The Times-Picayune

Karim the AI delivers psychological support to Syrian refugees. (March, 2016). The Guardian.

Wayfarer Records – Local Label Explores a Sonic Landscape. (March, 2016). Thurston Talk

The psychology behind reporting on suicides. (February, 2016). The Coloradoan.

Tecnología para evitar suicidios en el ejército de EE.UU. (July, 2013). BBC Mundo.

Military provides a blueprint for offering telepsychiatric services. (March, 2011). Army Times.


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