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Research at ADAI

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute has a 40+ year history of conducting multidisciplinary research that informs clinical practice and policy, in order to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities affected by alcohol and drug use and abuse. More than 150 projects, with funding from federal, state, local and private organizations, have been conducted by researchers with training in clinical and social psychology, public health, epidemiology, and implementation science, and other disciplines. Papers and reports stemming from our work can be found on the ADAI Publications. page.

Major Areas of Research Focus

American Indian / Alaska Natives   Pregnant & Parenting Women / FASD
Clinical Trials & Health Services   Sexual Behavior & HIV/AIDS
Implementation of Interventions   Training, Information Services, Technology Transfer
Marijuana (Medical / Recreational)   Washington State Drug Trends
Opioids / Overdose Prevention   Various Other Topics
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Project Websites

Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Pacific Northwest Node - ADAI serves as the Regional Research and Training Center (RRTCs) for the Pacific NW Node of the CTN, a multisite network of regional RRTCs working in conjunction with community-based treatment programs to implement and evaluate behavioral and pharmacological interventions with demonstrated efficacy in community-based programs. See related CTN Dissemination Library.

Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit - FADU is a research unit within ADAI dedicated to the goals of studying fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) across the life span, disseminating research information, providing consultation for individuals affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol, and intervening with high-risk mothers to prevent future births of children with fetal alcohol and drug effects. Our focus includes prevention and intervention projects on an individual and community basis and multidisciplinary clinical follow-up studies. FADU also provides staffing and curricula for trainings, workshops, invited lectures, and conferences on FAS/FASD prevention and intervention at the regional, national and international level. The FADU project Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP): Intervention with High-Risk Alcohol and Drug Abusing Mothers is an evidence‐based home visitation case‐management model for mothers who abuse alcohol or drugs during pregnancy. Its goals are to help mothers build healthy families and prevent future births of children exposed prenatally to alcohol and drugs.

The Healing of the Canoe - A collaborative project between the Suquamish Tribe, the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, and ADAI, this project uses the Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) model to work in partnership to plan, implement, and evaluate culturally congruent interventions for reducing health disparities and promote health in both Tribes.

Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (NWATTC) provides services to develop and strengthen the substance use disorder treatment and recovery workforce in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The NWATTC seeks to accelerate community-based implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for treatment and recovery by Sponsoring training online and in-person to enhance clinical knowledge and skills, and adoption of EBPs; Providing intensive technical assistance to support system’s change and organizational efforts to implement EBPs; Offering consultation for systems-level change in the emerging new landscape for behavioral health care; and Disseminating science-based information on EBPs, cultural competence, and more.

Center for Opioid Safety Education StopOverdose.org is the website for the Center for Opioid Safety Education (COSE), which offers education and technical assistance for individuals, professionals, and communities in Washington who want to learn how to prevent and intervene in opioid addiction and overdose. These efforts include 1) Ppreventing heroin use and the inappropriate initiation of opioid pain medicines; 2) Supporting access to opioid use disorder treatment, including medication-assisted treatment; and 3) Promoting overdose awareness and naloxone (opiate overdose antidote) distribution.

http://adai.uw.edu/research.htm · Updated 10/2017