Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

Laura Cooley MA

Laura Cooley (she/her) joined the Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center at ADAI in 2017 as a Technology Transfer Specialist. She acts as the primary point of contact for the Northwest ATTC’s behavioral health workforce training and technical assistance in Alaska and Washington State. Her work involves initiating, managing, and strengthening partnerships with health care authorities, agency supervisors and staff in support of their training needs. Topics of focus include: Trauma-Informed Care & Practice, organizational/process improvement, and rapid implementation of CODs into treatment programs, among other topics.

Laura first joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington in 2010, where she did research on patient perspectives about opioid use. She subsequently co-directed a continuing medical education program on opioids. Her background includes an extensive career implementing regional and global health programs for the World Bank and the international non-profit PATH. She worked for four years on the highly successful river blindness control program in West Africa, on global initiatives such as GAVI (The Vaccine Alliance, formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization), and as Health Specialist with the World Bank’s Global HIV/AIDS Program. Laura previously served as a Research Associate for Uppsala University in Sweden and the University of Essex, U.K., in addition to earlier research positions with the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C.


Technology Transfer Specialist, Northwest ATTC
Continuing Education Specialist, Northwest ATTC


BA, Vassar College (Honors)
Year of study at l’institut d’etudes politiques (Institute of Political Studies) and the Sorbonne, Paris, France
MA, Sociology, University of Essex, Colchester, UK

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Research Interests

  • Implementation science
  • The role of peer support in collaborative care models
  • Opioid use disorder research
  • Evidence-based treatment for chronic non-cancer pain


  • Swedish Institute Guest Scholarship (Visiting Researcher at Uppsala University in Uppsala Sweden)
  • Maguire Fellowship (Vassar College) for graduate work in the UK
  • Princeton in Asia Fellowship (2-year assignment in Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
  • 7 “Spot Awards” for outstanding work on various projects during 10-year period at the World Bank


  • Member, Conference Planning Committee for CODs & Treatment Annual Conference, WA State Health Care Authority (April 2022- present)
  • Member, Planning Committee for Optum Alaska Conference (April-May 2022)
  • Member, Communications Committee, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Fall 2021-present)
  • Member, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee, Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (2020-present)
  • Contributor, Supporting Recovery from Opioid Use: A Peer’s Guide to Person-Centered Care, ATTC online training

Research & Other Projects