Craig Coldwell, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Craig Coldwell


I serve as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the VA New England Healthcare System (VISN 1), stationed at the regional headquarters in Bedford, MA. I am a member of the VISN Executive Leadership Team, responsible along with the Chief Medical Officer for oversight of operations, quality improvement and strategic planning for all medical services across the eight distinct VA healthcare systems in the six New England states. I have psychiatrist privileges at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital (a/k/a the Bedford VA) and serve approximately 10% time in direct clinical service across a variety of roles – primarily psychiatrist attending duties on inpatient mental health or in the psychiatry consultation service for the hospital’s large nursing home population. Clinically I conduct diagnostic evaluations, recovery-oriented patient/family education, medication management and brief psychotherapeutic interventions based in cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness and motivational enhancement techniques.
My scholarly activities have included seven publications in peer-reviewed journals, the most notable being a first-authored 2007 meta-analysis on the effectiveness of assertive community treatment for homeless populations living with severe mental illness. In addition, I have lectured locally, regionally, and nationally on a variety of psychiatry, patient-centered care and healthcare quality improvement topics.


  • University of Massachusetts Medical School, MD
  • Dartmouth Medical School, MPH
  • Harvard University, BA


  • Published on 3/2/2023

    Coldwell CM, Thorsness R, Tepper K, Evans JS, Rovelsky SA, Houranieh AM, Strymish JM, Marrache LT, Califano SG. Centralizing Telehealth Test-to-Treat Through a Regional Clinical Contact Center: A Veterans Health Administration Pilot. Telemed J E Health. 2023 Oct; 29(10):1566-1572. PMID: 36862524.

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  • Published on 3/1/2017

    Kim B, Miller CJ, Elwy AR, Holmes SK, Coldwell CM, Bauer MS. Staff perceptions implementing interprofessional team-based behavioural healthcare. J Interprof Care. 2017 May; 31(3):360-367. PMID: 28276840.

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  • Published on 6/1/2016

    Elwy AR, Glickman ME, Bokhour BG, Dell NS, Mueller NM, Zhao S, Osei-Bonsu PE, Rodrigues S, Coldwell CM, Ngo TA, Schlosser J, Vielhauer MJ, Pirraglia PA, Eisen SV. Using Mixed Methods to Examine the Role of Veterans' Illness Perceptions on Depression Treatment Utilization and HEDIS Concordance. Med Care. 2016 Jun; 54(6):e35-42. PMID: 24374425.

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  • Published on 2/24/2016

    Bauer MS, Miller C, Kim B, Lew R, Weaver K, Coldwell C, Henderson K, Holmes S, Seibert MN, Stolzmann K, Elwy AR, Kirchner J. Partnering with health system operations leadership to develop a controlled implementation trial. Implement Sci. 2016 Feb 24; 11:22. PMID: 26912342.

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  • Published on 5/1/2014

    Watts BV, Shiner B, Zubkoff L, Carpenter-Song E, Ronconi JM, Coldwell CM. Implementation of evidence-based psychotherapies for posttraumatic stress disorder in VA specialty clinics. Psychiatr Serv. 2014 May 01; 65(5):648-53. PMID: 24430622.

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  • Published on 6/1/2010

    Cummings KS, Grandfield SA, Coldwell CM. Caring with comfort rooms. Reducing seclusion and restraint use in psychiatric facilities. J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2010 Jun; 48(6):26-30. PMID: 20349887.

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  • Published on 3/1/2007

    Coldwell CM, Bender WS. The effectiveness of assertive community treatment for homeless populations with severe mental illness: a meta-analysis. Am J Psychiatry. 2007 Mar; 164(3):393-9. PMID: 17329462.

    Read at: PubMed

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