Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

Robin Harwick PhD, MS

Dr. Robin Harwick is a Research Scientist at the University of Washington’s Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (ADAI).

She is passionate about bridging the gap between research and practice to improve the quality of life of youth and families, especially those from under-served and/or marginalized populations. Dr. Harwick has been a member of academic, governmental, and private research teams since 1995. She has also worked extensively in direct service of children and families as a parent educator, home visitor, and therapeutic foster parent.  

Dr. Harwick’s research focuses on the transition to adulthood, particularly for youth with disabilities and/or those who experienced the foster care system. As part of her work in prevention and intervention, she also studies substance use disorders and prevention, medical cannabis, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.


Research Scientist, UW Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute
Founder & Director, The Pearl Remote Democratic High School


BS, Environmental Science and Management, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM
MS, Special Education (Early Intervention), University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
PhD, Special Education (Secondary Special Education and Transition), University of Oregon, Eugene, OR


  • Trainer: Harm Reduction and Safety Planning for the Alliance of Child Welfare
  • Reviewer: Children and Youth Services Review; Health Psychology Report; Journal of International Special Needs Education; Remedial and Special Education; British Journal of Learning Disabilities; International Social Work; Drug and Alcohol Review; Journal of Psychoactive Drugs; ADAI small grants
  • Principal Investigator: Consumers’ Perspectives on the Function of Marijuana in their Lives study (2016-2017)
  • Project Director: Maximizing the Patient-Counselor Relationship to Reduce Sexual Risk Behavior (2015- 2017)


Research & Other Projects