Helen Jack, headshot
Acting Instructor

Faculty Information


Dr. Helen E. Jack is an Acting Instructor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Washington and a practicing primary care physician with the Washington Department of Corrections. A clinician-scientist, Dr. Jack’s research focuses on the integration of behavioral health into primary care for vulnerable populations. Since 2013, she has been conducting global mental health systems research and doing research capacity-building in southern Africa, primarily Zimbabwe. As the behavioral health treatment gap spans borders, Dr. Jack is also involved in US-based research focused on substance use care in general medical settings.

Dr. Jack graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and completed medical school at Harvard Medical School. Prior to beginning her medical training, she earned a second BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

Education & Training: 
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Phi Beta Kappa
Rhodes Scholarship
Center for Primary Care Student Leadership Award, Harvard Medical School
Alpha Omega Alpha
Harborview Annual Housestaff Achievement Award for Clinical Ability and Humanitarian Concern
Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 


Helen Jack, MD is a primary care doctor and physician-scientist focused on the integration of mental health and substance use treatment into primary health services in low-resource settings. Much of her research has centered on how lay health workers, including both community health workers and peer support workers, can be part of expanding access to behavioral health care, both domestically and in southern Africa. Dr. Jack has been conducting mental health research and doing research capacity building in Zimbabwe since 2013. She is currently supported by an NIMH K23 career development award to study depression diagnosis and the implementation of WHO depression treatment guidelines in primary care in Zimbabwe. She does her clinical work in primary care in a men’s medium and minimum security prison in rural eastern Washington and is beginning several criminal justice-related research studies. 

Research Interests

Clinical Interests: 
  • Primary care
  • Correctional health