Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

Teresa Winstead PhD, MA

Teresa Winstead, PhD joined ADAI in June 2022, and is  working with ADAI  supporting qualitative research  projects focused on various aspects of the lived experience of people who are currently using opioids. Before joining ADAI in June 2022, Winstead served as qualitative research coordinator on an evaluation led by an ADAI team which focused on a low-barrier, harm reduction-based clinic model offering Medication for Opioid Use Disorder, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Winstead collaborated with the clinic site team to develop evaluation questions, and then conducted interviews and facilitated focus groups with patients and staff to document impactful clinic practices and record new strategies to improve treatment delivery and support for patients with opioid use disorder.

Winstead is also an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, in the Department of Society and Social Justice at Saint Martin’s University. She earned her PhD and MA from Indiana University, Bloomington, in cultural anthropology and education policy.


Research Scientist (CEDEER)


PhD, Cultural Anthropology and Educational Policy Studies (dual major doctorate), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
MA, Cultural Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
BA, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

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Research Interests

  • Social and structural context of substance use and risk management strategies
  • Social and structural barriers to access to and retention in buprenorphine treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Social and structural influences of peer-facilitated harm reduction, and how these impact access to and retention in buprenorphine treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Community-engaged collaborative qualitative research with people who are using substances


  • Member of Thurston County Opioid Taskforce
  • Syringe Exchange Research Consultant, SloBangers, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Society for Applied Anthropology, Executive Committee for Medical Anthropologists and Social Scientists in Health, Topical Interest Group
  • Participating team member: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Science of Engagement Award for research on Participant-Centric Re-/Engagement.” [under review]

Research & Other Projects

Olympia Bupe Clinic Evaluation

Status: completed