• Associate Professor, Global Health
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Bradley Wagenaar

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Dr. Wagenaar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, and a Technical Advisor to Health Alliance International, a Center in the Department of Global Health. His work focuses on using innovative implementation science methods to answer pressing questions around improving public-sector health systems and health policies globally. He has particular interests in improving the prevention and treatment of mental illness in low-resource settings in the US and globally. In addition, he is passionate about the use of quasi-experimental designs and routine health information systems data to optimize the scale-up of complex health systems approaches globally.

He is currently PI or Co-I on a number of mental health and/or implementation science projects in the US, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Africa, India, and Guatemala. As faculty in the DGH, he teaches the Advanced Global Health Evaluation Methods course (GH537) offered each spring focused on quasi-experimental designs and analyses. He has also worked to develop online distance learning courses in implementation science that have, trained >1,000 students from >30 countries.

  • PhD (University of Washington)
  • MPH (Emory University)
  • BA (St. Olaf College)
Country Affiliations 
  • Portuguese
Health Topics 
  • Biostatistics
  • Burden of Disease
  • Causes of Death
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Child Mortality
  • Chronic Disease (incl. Cardiovascular, Diabetes)
  • Clinical Mentoring
  • Community Health Workers
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Community-Based Primary Health Care
  • Delivery Logistics
  • Disease Surveillance
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Financing
  • Health Information Systems
  • Health Interventions
  • Health Outcomes
  • Health Policy
  • Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources Development
  • Implementation Science
  • Injury, Violence, Trauma and Domestic Violence
  • Mental Health
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Operations Research
  • Political Economy of Health
  • Quality Improvement
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Social Justice and Human Rights

Wagenaar, B.H., Augusto, O., Beste, J., Toomay, S., Wickett, E., Dunbar, N., Bawo, L. Wesseh, S. (2018). Effects of the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak on Primary Health Care Delivery in Liberia: Time-series Analyses from 2010-2016. PLoS Medicine, 15(2): e1002508. doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1002508

Zhang, Y., Cumbe, V., Akullian, A., Augusto, O., Asbjornsdottir, K., Gimbel, S., Rao, D., Sherr, K., Wagenaar, B.H., with input from INCOMAS Study Team. (2019). Geographic distribution and determinants of mental health stigma in central Mozambique. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-019-01708-8

Fabian, K., Fannoh, J., Washington, G.G., Geneyan, W., Nyachienga, B., Cyrus, G., Hallowanger, J., Beste, J., Rao, D., Wagenaar, B.H. (2018). “My heart die in me”: idioms of distress and the development of a screening tool for mental suffering in southeast Liberia. Culture, Medicine, & Psychiatry. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11013-018-9581-z.

Wagenaar, B.H., Sherr, K., Fernandes, Q., Wagenaar, A.C. (2015). Using routine health information systems for well-designed health evaluations in low and middle-income countries. Health Policy & Planning. doi: 10.1093/heapol/czv029

Wagenaar, B.H., Cumbe, V., Raunig-Berho, M., Rao, D., Kohrt, B.A., Stergachis, A., Napúa, M., & Sherr, K. (2016). Outpatient mental health services in Mozambique: use and treatments. Psychiatric Services. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201500508