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UW Graduate Training in Addiction Research & Treatment


(For a list of regular UW courses on alcohol & drugs, click here)

UW School of Nursing

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty (PMHNP), within the Master of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, prepares nurses to address the healthcare needs of individuals with psychiatric disorders who may have co-morbid substance use problems or medical conditions requiring referrals or collaboration for treatment.

Contact: Annalisa Giust, pmhnp@uw.edu, or Frederica O'Connor, roc@uw.edu

UW Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Addiction Psychiatry Residency Program

The University of Washington Addiction Psychiatry Residency Program is fully accredited as a one year program for residents entering in their PGY-5 year after completion of a General Psychiatry Residency Program. The overarching mission of the program is to provide psychiatric physicians with advanced training in the skills, clinical judgment, and knowledge necessary to the practice of Addiction Psychiatry to enable them to assume leadership positions in the field. The Addiction Psychiatry Residency Program is also closely affiliated with the VA Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education at VA Puget Sound Health Care System.

Clinical training occurs in inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient, consultation, dual diagnosis, women specific, and opioid agonist treatment settings. Didactic training occurs through participation in a weekly seminar series. Major goals of training include developing clinical excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with substance use disorders, broadening knowledge in the scientific data base underlying Addiction Psychiatry, furthering research skills relevant to Addiction Psychiatry, and expanding expertise in teaching Addiction Psychiatry. Close work with a range of interdisciplinary treatment teams is a core aspect of the residency. The faculty consists of a diverse group of psychiatrists and psychologists who have many years of clinical and research experience in addictions.

Contact: Andrew Saxon, MD, andrew.saxon@med.va.gov


Postdoctoral Fellowships in Improving Behavioral Healthcare in Safety Net Settings
Center for Healthcare Improvement for Addictions, Mental Illness, and Medically Vulnerable Populations (CHAMMP) at Harborview Medical Center. This NIMH-funded (T32) two-year postdoctoral research training program aims to increase the number of early career investigators trained in mental health and addictions services research for safety net medical settings. Our interdisciplinary program is embedded in an academic-public sector partnership that has flourished for several decades. At Harborview Medical Center, fellows will spend two years:

  • Completing and publishing current research
  • Developing & submitting grant proposals, independently and in collaboration on faculty projects
  • Developing new research areas and collaborations
  • Experiencing clinical, administrative and policy activities at they unfold in the safety net setting
  • Participating in fellowship specific didactics to develop research skills plus other safety net training
  • Collaborating with safety net services to translate evidence-based findings to providers
  • Providing supervised evidence based treatment 1-2 days per week in safety net clinics if you are a clinically trained fellow
Contact Kate Comtois, PhD, MPH, Program Director, PsychT32@uw.edu. Download brochure.

UW School of Medicine, Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology

Pre- and Postdoctoral Training in Molecular Pharmacology of Abused Drugs

The UW training program in the Molecular Pharmacology of Abused Drugs is designed to provide a cohesive training environment for 4 predoctoral and 2 postdoctoral fellows per year, interested in the molecular, cellular and behavioral pharmacological aspects of opioid, cannabinoid, and psychostimulant drug action. The program emphasizes training in research skills along with career development professional skills and responsible conduct of research-ethical skills. Faculty mentors provide training in a broad range of research approaches including molecular pharmacology, electrophysiology, neurochemistry, mouse genetics, viral-based gene expression and behavioral pharmacology. In addition to the general, ongoing training typical at this vibrant institution, trainees in this program experience a coordinated series of events specifically designed for their benefit including: invited speaker seminar sessions featuring internationally respected drug abuse researchers; monthly research progress meetings featuring local experts in abused drug research; weekly journal clubs on the current literature of opioid, cannabinoid and psychostimulant research; frequent opportunities for the trainees to enhance their presentation skills; courses organized for them on the 'Molecular Basis of Addiction," and 'Addiction: Mechanisms, Treatment, Prevention," and career development seminars designed to strengthen their scientific and professional foundations. Faculty mentors are highly collaborative, and trainees benefit from a strongly interactive, multidisciplinary research program. The training program will continue to be a catalyst for research collaborations among the participating labs, for technology transfer between labs, and for newly funded collaborative NIDA-grants. Trainees are drawn from an outstanding pool of candidates recruited to the participating graduate programs in pharmacology and neurobiology and to the well-respected laboratories as post-doctoral fellows. We have an active outreach program designed to encourage participation of underrepresented minorities and fellows from disadvantaged backgrounds. We actively train our students and fellows in responsible conduct of research and ethical treatment of animal subjects. The program is proud of its 15-year history of success in training fellows who have gone on to very successful scientific careers.

Contact: Charles Chavkin, PhD, Principal Investigator, Allan and Phyllis Treuer Professor, Pharmacology, cchavkin@uw.edu

UW Department of Psychology & Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Pre- and Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship in Alcohol Research

This is a two-year appointment, commencing no earlier than July 1st and no later than December 31st of each year, within the Center for the Study of Health & Risk Behaviors in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Addictive Behaviors Research Center in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington, and is funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (Principal Investigator Mary Larimer and Co-Investigator Ilene Bernstein). This fellowship will provide training for individuals who wish to pursue a career in alcohol research, with an emphasis on the etiology and prevention of problem drinking and alcohol dependence. As this topic will be approached from both psychosocial and bio-behavioral perspectives, individuals with background training in relevant areas of psychology (clinical, health psychology, behavioral neuroscience, social, developmental, cognitive, behavioral pharmacology, etc.) are encouraged to apply. Both human and animal research will be supported.

Contact: Mary Larimer, PhD, larimer@uw.edu or Theresa Walter, tw33@uw.edu

UW School of Public Health & Community Medicine, Dept. of Health Services
Tobacco Studies in Public Health and Tobacco Scholars Program
The UW TSP provides an integrated, multi-departmental program focused on the prevention and treatment of tobacco use and related diseases. Students explore topics such as tobacco related health disparities, marketing and counter marketing influences on health behavior, psychology of addictive behaviors, counseling and cessation support for tobacco dependence, pharmacology of tobacco cessation, history of the tobacco epidemic, global tobacco use, health and public policy, and more. These programs are designed to enhance and build curriculum innovation in tobacco-related studies within the UW School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) and to attract and support MPH candidates who elect to pursue the tobacco studies concentration.


Contact: Abigail Halperin, MD, MPH, abigail@uw.edu or Sara Jaye Sanford MPHc, sjs37@uw.edu

UW School of Social Work

PhD Prevention Research Training Program

The Prevention Research Training Program (funded by the National Institute of Mental Health) supports social welfare doctoral students focused on research promoting mental health resilience and prevention of mental health problems and disorders. Students admitted to and enrolled in the School's doctoral program are eligible to apply for traineeships. The primary goal is to produce a cadre of well-trained researchers who assume academic roles at top universities and who advance the knowledge base for developing effective mental health promotion and prevention programs.

The training program encompasses a relatively wide range of opportunities such as development studies identifying the characteristics of a problem and its development,, adapting or developing approaches for diverse and vulnerable populations, formulating theoretically-based preventive interventions, testing intervention efficacy and effectiveness, community-based partnerings, dissemination and sustainability of prevention, and learning statistical and research methodologies. The program is designed to foster rigorous, in-depth research training and has requirements beyond those of the doctoral program.

Traineeships include the following advantages.

  • Up to three years of funded research training in prevention research with opportunities for collaborative and independent research.
  • Mentoring relationships and sustained research with interdisciplinary faculty mentors from multiple disciplines at the University of Washington.
  • Special program resources: access to national experts; workgroups and workshops; statistical, design, and measurement consultation; bibliographic databases; a special prevention issues and methods literature library; and an assessment instrument library.

Contact: Paula Nurius, PhD, Program Director, Social Work PhD Program, phdmhpr@uw.edu

Veterans Administration Puget Sound

Psychology Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship

The VA Puget Sound offers both Internships and Postdoctoral Fellowships. Both are fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.

Internship: Doctoral students in APA-accredited Clinical or Counseling Psychology programs are eligible to apply. All coursework required for the doctoral degree must be completed prior to the start of the internship year, as well as any qualifying, comprehensive, or preliminary doctoral examinations. We prefer candidates whose doctoral dissertations will be completed, or nearly completed, before the internship. However, because internship is part of the pre-doctoral training requirement, interns must not be granted their degree by their academic institution prior to successful completion of the internship year. Download brochure.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Applicants for postdoctoral fellowships must be graduates of APA-accredited doctoral programs in Clinical or Counseling Psychology and must have completed APA-accredited internships. All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed prior to the start of the fellowship year. Persons with a PhD in another area of psychology who meet the APA criteria for re-specialization training in Clinical or Counseling Psychology are also eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Download brochure

Contact: Steve McCutcheon, PhD, Director, Psychology Training, Stephen.McCutcheon@va.gov



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