Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

Teresa Winstead PhD, MA

Teresa Winstead, Ph.D. joined ADAI in June 2022, and will be working with ADAI over the next year supporting qualitative research design, protocol development, and data collection on three 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 on temporary leave from her position as an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, in the Department of Society and Social Justice at Saint Martin’s University to allow her to contribute to a variety of applied projects with ADAI. She earned her PhD 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

Research & Other Projects

Olympia Bupe Clinic Evaluation

Status: completed