Brenda Reiss-Brennan

Dr. Brenda Reiss-Brennan

Mental Health Integration Director
Primary Care Clinical Program
Intermountain Healthcare


Dr. Reiss-Brennan is a medical anthropologist and psychiatric nurse practitioner working in primary care for over 45 years. As a principal investigator, she leads Intermountain Healthcare’s (IH) adoption, diffusion and evaluation of clinical integration for mental health and medical care. The cost and quality evidence of the Mental Health Integration (MHI) innovation has transformed primary care culture and has spread rapidly over 200 IH medical clinics including uninsured, rural and specialty, as well as 45 non-IH community clinics throughout the United States. MHI provides a proven integrated team-based culture that has effectively improved quality, patient and staff experience while reducing costs. Dr. Reiss-Brennan holds a longstanding faculty appointment at the University of Utah, College of Nursing. She serves as a local, national and international consultant for cultural innovation, implementation science and scaling of MHI cost, quality and patient and staff experience research to improve population health and well-being. Most recently she serves on the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine committee on Implementing High Quality Primary Care and as senior science advisor for the Central Coast Research Institute for Integrated Care, Australia.

Brenda Reiss- Brennan