Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

Mandy Owens PhD

Mandy Owens started her position at ADAI in April 2019. Her work aims to improve services for people who use alcohol and drugs with a focus on those involved with the criminal legal system. Dr. Owens works with jails and other criminal legal partners on implementing medications for opioid use disorder programs, developing training for law enforcement, and using policy codesign to develop local responses to drug use focusing on calls with law enforcement. Across projects, criminal legal partners include jails, prisons, juvenile rehabilitation, probation, and law enforcement. She also works with Caleb Banta-Green on multiple projects, including a multi-site replication study of medication first/low barrier buprenorphine, evaluations of local substance use service programs, and training for SAMHSA funded opioid treatment networks.

Dr. Owens received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of New Mexico, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Services Research & Development at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System.

In addition to her research at ADAI, Dr. Owens works as an attending psychologist at the University of Washington Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. She specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders and supports family members of individuals with substance use concerns using a Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) approach.


Assistant Professor, Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, UW Medicine (CEDEER)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Washington


BS, Psychology, Biology, University of Washington, 2008
MS, Psychology, University of New Mexico, 2013
PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of New Mexico
Clinical Psychology Internship, University of Washington School of Medicine, 2016
Fellowship, Health Services Research & Development, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, 2019

ORCID: 0000-0001-8536-0408

Research Interests

  • Evidence-based treatments for substance use disorders
  • Services for individuals with substance use disorders who are involved with the criminal legal system
  • Research-informed policy related to substance use


  • Loan Repayment Program, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2020-22
  • Predoctoral Individual Fellowship Grant, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (F31-AA023414, PI: Owens), 2014-15
  • Predoctoral Fellow, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (T32-AA018108), 2012-14
  • Summer Institute Scholarship, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2014
  • New Mexico Research Grants, High Priority, University of New Mexico, 2013 & 2014
  • Student Research Grants, University of New Mexico, 2011, 2012, & 2013
  • Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society, University of Washington, 2008


  • Trainer and member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, 2014-Present
  • Member, Forensic Issues & Externalizing Behaviors Special Interest Group (2017-Present); Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2011-Present); American Psychological Association (2018-Present)
  • Ad-hoc reviewer, Addiction, Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, Alcohol & Alcoholism, Clinical Case Studies, Criminal Justice & Behavior, Epidemiological Review, Journal of Substance Abuse & Alcoholism, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, PLOS ONE, Psychological Services, Substance Abuse
  • Former principal investigator, research assistant, and study interventionist on NIH-funded studies at the University of Washington and the University of New Mexico on treatments for substance use disorders among justice-involved adolescents, adults on probation and in jail, college students, and individuals in outpatient addiction treatment.


Research & Other Projects

Recovery Café Evaluation

Status: completed