Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

Lisette Austin MA

Lisette Austin, MA is a Project Director for the Cannabis Education & Research Program (CERP) at the University of Washington’s Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (ADAI).

Lisette has a long history at ADAI. From 2006-2019 she was the Research Coordinator for the Healing of the Canoe (HOC) project, a collaboration between the Suquamish Tribe, the Port Gamble S’Kallam Tribe and ADAI. This project focused on the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of a community driven, culturally relevant substance use curriculum for tribal youth. Lisette played a lead role in organizing and facilitating HOC curriculum trainings in Tribal communities and organizations across the United States.

During her previous time at ADAI, Lisette additionally served as Co-Investigator on a grant that funded three Washington State Tribal Health and Wellness conferences. She also was the Research Coordinator for a NIDA Clinical Trials Network project that examined knowledge of, and attitudes towards, medicated assisted opioid disorder treatment in American Indian/Alaska Native communities.

Prior to working at ADAI, Lisette coordinated projects for other academic research organizations, including the UW Addictive Behaviors Research Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the UW Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit (now housed at ADAI).

Lisette also has extensive communications experience. She worked as a Communications Specialist for Seattle Children’s hospital, and more recently was Web Information Specialist for EthnoMed, a UW Medicine website that provides cultural information and translated patient materials for health care providers working with immigrant and refugee populations. Lisette has also worked as a freelance writer and web designer, and is an accomplished podcaster.


Project Director (CERP)


BA, Linguistics, University of Washington
MA, American Indian Studies, University of Arizona
Certification, Non-Fiction Writing, University of Washington

Linked Information

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Research Interests

  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Health disparities among minority populations
  • Cross-cultural research


Senior Trainer and Advisor, Healing of the Canoe, Suquamish Tribe