Dr. Donald Hilty is a scholar in psychiatric and medical education, health services, and telemedicine. He works as a Professor of Psychiatry at the UC Davis School of Medicine, with United Health Services and Heritage Oaks Hospital to develop virtual care and has assisted the Veterans Health Administration to implement technology. He speaks internationally and researches models of care, health services design, health economic outcomes and implementation of video, mobile health, sensors and other technologies. He has obtained 20 grants and 7 contracts from the NIH, AHRQ, California Endowment, and OSHPD, with randomized trials of the treatment of depression in primary care via disease management and an AHRQ comparison of synchronous and asynchronous telepsychiatry. His current research is in implementation and evaluation of video, social media, mobile health and asynchronous competencies for psychiatry, behavioral health and medicine.
Dr. Hilty is active with pedagogy, faculty development and publishing. Dr. Hilty serves as Editor of both the Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science and Psychology and Cognitive Science, and is Editor of the Innovation in Technology Column for Academic Psychiatry. He has led or co-led 8 special editions related to technology, clinical care and professional development, including Psychiatric Clinics of North America, “Professional Development in Psychiatry and Medicine” and for Frontiers in Psychiatry, “Digital Interventions for Mental Health.” He has written 180+ journal articles, 100 chapters and many other publications, including for the APA-IOM and APA-ATA Guideline Writing Groups. His first book is entitled Key Issues in e-Mental Health and a current one in press is Rural Telebehavioral Health: Underserved and Diverse Settings by Springer Nature Publishing.