Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

Robin Harwick PhD, MS

Dr. Robin Harwick is a Research Scientist at the University of Washington’s ADAI Cannabis Education & Research Program (CERP).

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 particular for youth with disabilities, mental health needs, 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 (CERP)
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

ORCID: 0000-0002-5512-2668


  • 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)


Professional Development

  • Harm Reduction and Safety Planning

Higher Education

  • Seattle University
    • Consultation and Intervention
    • Qualitative Research
    • Introduction to Educational Research
    • Multicultural/ Multilingual Issues in Learning
  • Moreland University Master’s Programs
    • Globalization in Education
    • Research
    • Special Education

Secondary Education

  • Social Studies
  • Literature


Research & Other Projects