Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

K. Michelle Peavy PhD

K. Michelle Peavy is a licensed clinical psychologist and has specialized credentials in treating substance use disorders (SUDs; Master Addiction Counselor; Substance Use Disorder Professional). Her introduction to ADAI came in 1999, when she assumed a role as an undergraduate Research Assistant. She was hired again at ADAI in 2010 as a NIDA Clinical Trials Network Scholar. Between 2012-2018 she served on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic at an Opioid Treatment Program, where she undertook clinical, supervisory, and administrative roles, as well as directing implementation of new clinical programming and managing research projects. Her experiences in research and clinical settings have focused on testing and implementation of evidence-based practices for the treatment of substance use disorders, including overdose prevention, 12-Step facilitation, Contingency Management, technology to improve counselor Motivational Interviewing skills, and extended-release naltrexone vs. buprenorphine for opioid treatment (X:BOT). Dr. Peavy was rehired at ADAI in 2020 to work with Dr. Caleb Banta-Green on the Washington State Opioid Response (SOR) Grant. In addition to her SOR work, she serves as a trainer for the NWATTC and has a private practice specializing in treating individuals with SUDs, as well as supporting family members of people with SUDs. 


Research Scientist


BS, Psychology, University of Washington
MA, Clinical Psychology, University of Montana
PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Montana
Postdoctoral Fellowship, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education (CESATE)

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Research Interests


  • Recipient, College on Problems of Drug Dependence Junior Investigator Travel Award, June 2012.
  • Recipient, University of Montana Graduate School dissertation research award, February 2007.
  • Recipient, Outstanding Graduate Student Presentation award at the Graduate Student and Faculty Research Conference at University of Montana, Missoula, MT, April 2006.
  • Nominee, University of Montana Outstanding Student Leader Award, 2006.
  • Recipient, Bertha Morton scholarship, 2006.


  • Member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2020
  • Author, UpToDate
  • Ad hoc reviewer: PLOS ONE, AIDS and Behavior, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Addiction, Substance Use & Misuse, Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
  • Trainer, Northwest ATTC


Research & Other Projects