Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

Jason R. Williams PhD

Jason Williams has worked in the social sciences as an evaluator for many years at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and Casey Family Programs. As a quantitative researcher, he works to inform public policy in areas such as poverty, obesity, child welfare, education, and now at ADAI, drug use epidemiology. As a graduate student he was a member of the first cohort of Social Policy Research Fellows, and completed a research placement with the Washington State Department of Health analyzing data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS).

Dr. Williams designed the Washington State Opioid/Major Drug Interactive Data website, a data visualization resource that offers a series of interactive data charts and maps featuring Washington state data related to overdose deaths, treatment admissions, statewide opioid sales, and police evidence testing data for opioids and other drugs.

Dr. Williams contributes to knowledge about marijuana use by analyzing crime lab, survey, sales, and wastewater testing data. He compiled a comparison of survey methodologies that provided insights as to why different surveys produce different estimates of marijuana use.


Research Scientist


BA, Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 1992
MS, Clinical Psychology, Saint Louis University, 2000
PhD, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, 2013

ORCID: 0000-0002-5355-3210

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Research Interests

  • Data Analysis
  • Database Management
  • Econometrics
  • Human Services Policy
  • Poverty
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Statistical Analysis


2008 Hubert M. Blalock Fellowship