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Daniel William Bradford, MD, MPH

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
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Child & Family Mental Health & Community Psychiatry
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Office: Durham VAMC, 508 Fulton Street, Mhsl 116D, Durham, NC 27705

Dr. Bradford's clinical and administrative work, research, and teaching is all in the area of mental health services for individuals with serious mental illnesses, particularly psychotic disorders. Since 2012, he has served as the National Director of Intensive Case Management Services for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. In this role, he is responsible for policy development and oversight of over  170 assertive community treatment-based clinical teams serving approximately 15,000 Veterans annually. In 2020, he was the primary author on the first VA national directive on early episode psychosis and currently co-leads this national initiative.  In his clinical role at Durham VA Medical Center, he is the Division Chief for Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Services, which provides a broad array of evidence-based treatment for individuals with serious mental illnesses. 

Dr. Bradford is board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He is a 2013 recipient of an Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Education and Training

  • Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2003 - 2005
  • Research Fellow in Psychiatry, Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Medicine, 2002 - 2003
  • General Psychiatry Residency, Psychiatry, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 1999 - 2002
  • M.P.H., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2004
  • M.D., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 1998

Publications

Bradford, Daniel W., Karen Austin, Sharon M. Nelson, Stephanie Merrill, and Nicholas W. Bowersox. “Predictors of High-Intensity Psychiatric Service Utilization by Veterans Health Administration Patients With Early Psychosis.” Psychiatric Services (Washington, D.C.), August 4, 2021, appips202000802. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.202000802.

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Elbogen, Eric B., Kiera Molloy, H Ryan Wagner, Nathan A. Kimbrel, Jean C. Beckham, Lynn Van Male, Jonathan Leinbach, and Daniel W. Bradford. “Psychosocial protective factors and suicidal ideation: Results from a national longitudinal study of veterans.” Journal of Affective Disorders 260 (January 2020): 703–9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2019.09.062.

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Hunt, Marcia G., Gary S. Cuddeback, Elizabeth Bromley, Daniel W. Bradford, and Rani A. Hoff. “Changing Rates of Mental Health Disorders Among Veterans Treated in the VHA During Troop Drawdown, 2007-2013.” Community Ment Health J 55, no. 7 (October 2019): 1120–24. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-019-00437-1.

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Van Voorhees, Elizabeth E., H Ryan Wagner, Jean C. Beckham, Daniel W. Bradford, Lydia C. Neal, Walter E. Penk, and Eric B. Elbogen. “Effects of social support and resilient coping on violent behavior in military veterans.” Psychol Serv 15, no. 2 (May 2018): 181–90. https://doi.org/10.1037/ser0000187.

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Bradford, Daniel W., Gary Cuddeback, and Eric B. Elbogen. “Promoting mental health recovery and improving clinical assessment using video technology.” Psychiatr Rehabil J 40, no. 4 (December 2017): 412–14. https://doi.org/10.1037/prj0000267.

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Bromley, Elizabeth, Lisa Mikesell, Fiona Whelan, Gerhard Hellemann, Marcia Hunt, Gary Cuddeback, Daniel W. Bradford, and Alexander S. Young. “Clinical Factors Associated with Successful Discharge from Assertive Community Treatment.” Community Ment Health J 53, no. 8 (November 2017): 916–21. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-017-0083-1.

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Bradford, Daniel W., Joseph Goulet, Marcia Hunt, Natasha C. Cunningham, and Rani Hoff. “A Cohort Study of Mortality in Individuals With and Without Schizophrenia After Diagnosis of Lung Cancer.” J Clin Psychiatry 77, no. 12 (December 2016): e1626–30. https://doi.org/10.4088/JCP.15m10281.

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Bradford, Daniel W., and Natasha Cunningham. “Psychotic disorders cause the greatest mortality disparity among mental disorders, though more deaths are attributable overall to mood and anxiety disorders.” Evid Based Ment Health 19, no. 2 (May 2016): 58. https://doi.org/10.1136/eb-2015-102100.

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Naylor, Jennifer C., Jason D. Kilts, Daniel W. Bradford, Jennifer L. Strauss, Bruce P. Capehart, Steven T. Szabo, Karen D. Smith, et al. “A pilot randomized placebo-controlled trial of adjunctive aripiprazole for chronic PTSD in US military Veterans resistant to antidepressant treatment.” Int Clin Psychopharmacol 30, no. 3 (May 2015): 167–74. https://doi.org/10.1097/YIC.0000000000000061.

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Youssef, Nagy A., Daniel W. Bradford, Jason D. Kilts, Steven T. Szabo, Jennifer C. Naylor, Trina B. Allen, Jennifer L. Strauss, et al. “Exploratory investigation of biomarker candidates for suicide in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.” Crisis 36, no. 1 (2015): 46–54. https://doi.org/10.1027/0227-5910/a000280.

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