Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

Beatriz Carlini PhD, MPH

Dr. Beatriz Carlini, PhD, MPH (Bia) is a Research Scientist at the University of Washington’s Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (ADAI) and Affiliate Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, Department of Health Systems & Population Health where she teaches in the Online Master of Public Health Program

Her research career has been dedicated to understanding the public health impact of legal psychoactive substance use (such as alcohol, inhalants, tobacco, and cannabis) and policies on social and health outcomes. Since 2016, Dr. Carlini has led the ADAI Cannabis Research and Education program, including coordinating collaboration with other marijuana researchers at the UW, acting as the Program Chair of UW Marijuana Research Symposium and serving as a liaison with policy makers within the state and researchers at other universities.

Dr. Carlini has been a pioneer on bringing awareness of the sharp increase in the availability and risks of high THC content products brought by cannabis legalization in WA. In 2020, she chaired the PRSC Cannabis Concentration Workgroup composed of UW and WSU scientists, which authored a Consensus Statement and Report on Cannabis Concentration and Health Risks.

In the UW School of Public Health, Dr. Carlini is an instructor of the Online Master of Public Health Program.

As a first generation immigrant and a foreign-born American citizen, Dr. Carlini is especially interested in the impact of cannabis and tobacco use on perpetuating health and social disparities. Dr. Carlini has a passion for fostering social inclusion, challenging stereotypes, and fighting stigma. She applies an equity lens to her work as a researcher and educator.


Research Scientist, UW Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute
Affiliate Associate Professor, UW School of Public Health, Department of Health Systems & Population Health


BA, Social Sciences, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
PhD, Social Psychology, Pontifícia Universidade Católica, São Paulo, Brazil
MPH, University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, WA, USA

ORCID: 0000-0001-8312-4137


  • Member: Editorial Board, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
  • Consulting Editor: Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 2020-present
  • Faculty: Medical Marijuana Consultant training certificate in Washington at the Seattle Central College’s Cannabis Institute, 2016-present


Research & Other Projects

Smokefree Hospitals Initiative

Status: completed