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UW & WSU Symposium on Marijuana Research in Washington

June 5, 2018

On May 18, 2018, the University of Washington’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute hosted its 3rd Symposium on Marijuana Research in Washington, this year in collaboration with colleagues from Washington State University.

The keynote speaker, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson (pictured below), spoke about issues of federal vs. state marijuana laws, and about Washington’s law protecting local jurisdictions’ right to exclude marijuana retail stores even if the product is legal in the state.


Scientists from the UW and WSU presented panels in three focus areas:

  • Marijuana and Vulnerable Populations
  • Cannabinoids: Therapeutic Potential
  • Marijuana Use & Other Substances: Substitution, Combination, or Both?

The event drew approximately 200 researchers, state and local officials, and community partners.

Video, slides, and speaker information  are available at:

ADAI received funds from Washington’s Marijuana Dedicated Fund to support marijuana research and information dissemination, described in a report covering activities from July 2015-June 2017.


Medication Assisted Treatment for AI/AN Populations: Free CTN Webinar Co-Presented by PN Node Researcher

February 4, 2015

Traci Rieckmann, PhD, MS

Join the NIDA Clinical Coordinating Center (CCC) for its next webinar, Medication Assisted Treatment for American Indians and Alaska Natives, Wednesday, February 11 at 12pm ET, presented by Traci Rieckmann, PhD, MS  of the Oregon Health & Science University (WS Node) and Lisa Rey Thomas, PhD of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington (PN Node).

Remarkable progress has been made in the development of medications to treat substance use disorders, yet consistent and widespread access to such medications remains low. This gap between patient need and actual implementation of efficacious treatment is especially troubling for vulnerable populations including American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN).

Lisa Rey Thomas, PhD

Lisa Rey Thomas, PhD

This one-hour course will provide an overview of organizational and provider characteristics influencing access to medication assisted treatments (MAT) for addictive disorders in AI/AN populations along with a review of results from a national survey of AI/AN substance abuse treatment program clinicians and clinical administrators regarding the incorporation of cultural, evidence-based concepts and healing techniques.

Learning objectives include:

  • Understanding organizational and provider characteristics that affect access to medication assisted treatments for American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) dealing with addictive disorders.
  • Consider implications for the design and implementation of treatment programs and services for vulnerable populations, including American Indian and Alaska Natives.
  • Discuss significant aspects of a national study on AI/AN treatment programs.

Register online at:

Webinar: Introduction to the National American Indian & Alaska Native ATTC, April 3

March 21, 2013

attcThis webinar is part of a series on research-based integrated health care topics of interest to American Indian and Alaska Native behavioral healthcare professionals.  The webinar “Introduction to the National American Indian & Alaska Native ATTC ” will be presented by Anne Helene Skinstad on April 3, from 1:00-2:00 EDT (10 am Pacific Time).   This session focuses on the new National American Indian & Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center.   NAADAC CEU’s are available upon request for $ 10 per session.


Workshop on “Evidence-Informed Management of Co-Occurring Addiction & Mental Illness in Adults and Adolescents,” Feb 8 in Spokane

January 10, 2013

TreeThe Pacific Northwest Node of  the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network will host a 1-day training in Spokane, WA for professionals who want to improve their own or their agency’s competence in assessing, managing, and treating patients with co-occurring substance use disorders and mental illness.

The format will include both lectures and interactive discussions of case studies, covering content presented in the June 2012 workshop held in Seattle, with an additional focus on adolescents.

Speakers will include:  Richard K. Ries, MD (UW and Harborview Medical Center), Matt Layton, MD, PhD (WSU), and Ray Hsiao, MD (UW and Seattle Children’s Hospital).

This training is FREE, but registration is required and space is limited. CEUs from NAADAC and NBCC are also available for free!  A limited number of travel awards will be available for individuals traveling from rural and/or under-represented areas in Eastern Washington or Northern Idaho.  (To apply for a travel award, contact Sharon Falk at

When: Friday, February 8, from 9:00am  to 4:00pm
Where:  South Campus Facility, WSU Spokane campus

This program is supported by the CTN Pacific Northwest Node at the UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, Washington State University-Spokane, NW Addiction Technology Transfer Center, and Daybreak Youth Services.

Social Media Overview and Strategy Development Webinar

January 25, 2012

Video and handouts from this morning’s Clinical Coordinating Center Web Seminar on Social Media Overview and Strategy Development, presented by Erin Winstanley of the OV Node and Meg Brunner of our node’s CTN Dissemination Library, are now available online!

To access these materials, as well as videos and slides from previous webinars in the CCC’s series, visit the CTN Dissemination Library’s CTN Training page: (webinars are at the bottom of the page).

Pay particular attention to the Social Media Resource Guide, developed by the Social Media Workgroup of the Research Utilization Committee — this document  is packed with information on the various social media platforms, as well as tips on setting up a strategy for using social media tools and on developing a workplace policy for use.

A second webinar, coming February 29th, will be presented by Erin Winstanley and Gloria Miele, and will focus on more of the nuts and bolts of setting up accounts, and provide more information on how and where social media tools are being used in the health research field.

Don’t forget to follow CTN Training (this seminar series!) on Facebook, and while you’re there, be sure to check out the Facebook page for the CTN Dissemination Library as well!

ATTC iTraining: Intro to SBIRT, May 19

May 10, 2011

Join the ATTC Network’s “Third Thursday iTrainings” each month to learn about various topics effecting the field of addictions treatment and recovery services. Each month, a different Regional Center will present information and resources on topics ranging from health care reform to implementing specific evidence-based practices.

This Month’s iTraining is on “Introduction to Screening, Brief Interventions, & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT),” hosted by the Northwest Frontier ATTC on May 19, 2011, 2:00 – 3:30 pm (EDT). This webinar will discuss the research and rationale for widespread implementation of SBIRT; review common screening instruments; describe and demonstrate a brief intervention model, and explore protocols for referral to treatment. Lessons learned from an SBIRT residency teaching program and implementation project at Oregon Health and Science University will be shared. The session will also include a discussion of the potential role of substance abuse providers in SBIRT protocols.

ATTC iTraining on SBIRT
May 19, 2011 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (EST)

PN Node’s Recognition & Orientation Luncheon a Success!

October 28, 2010

On October 12, the Pacific Northwest Node held a kick-off luncheon to welcome new members and celebrate past successes.  It was held at the UW’s Urban Horticulture Center, which was the location of the site visit when the Node was first being considered for inclusion in the CTN in the summer of 2000.

The event included introductions to new investigators and CTPs, tokens of recognition for hardworking clinical and research staff, orientation for new CTPs, discussion of CTP representation on the national Steering Committee, and a continuing education component.

Presentations from Brenda Stuvek and Don Calsyn of ADAI are available here:

CTN Bird’s Eye View: The Old, the New, the Alphabet Soup – B. Stuvek

PAMI: Promoting Awareness of Motivational Incentives: Focus on Founding Principles and an Implementation Checklist (CTN Dissemination Library) – D. Calsyn

Big thanks to all the Node staff who worked so hard to put this fabulous event together!

PAMI: Founding Principles & Implementation

October 28, 2010

This presentation by PN Node member Don Calsyn, PhD, was given at the recent Pacific Northwest Node meeting in Seattle (October 12, 2010).  It provides an overview of motivational incentives, with a focus on the Promoting Awareness of Motivational Incentives (PAMI) Blending Team Product and practical methods clinicians can use to smoothly adopt MI in their organizations.

Get a copy of the presentation, and of the Nancy Petry article Don mentioned in his talk, “A comprehensive guide to the application of contingency management procedures in clinical settings” (Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 2000), at the CTN Dissemination Library:

Substance Use and HIV Research Symposium

August 23, 2010

The University of Washington Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is sponsoring a symposium entitled “Substance Use and HIV Research.”

When: Thursday, August 26, 2010, 10:30am to 12:30pm
Where: UW Parrington Hall Forum, Room 309 (see map)

David Metzger, PhD of the University of Pennsylvania HIV Prevention Research Division will give a presentation entitled “Drug Treatment is HIV Prevention.” Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute researcher Don Calsyn, PhD, will be talking about “Conducting HIV Prevention Interventions in Substance Abuse Treatment,” describing his National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN) protocol, CTN-0018, “Reducing HIV/STD Risk Behaviors: A Research Study for Men in Drug Abuse Treatment.”

View the flyer for this symposium.

For more information, please contact Kate Murray at, or 206-543-8316.

Submit a Proposal for the RUC Dissemination Workshop, Sept 21, 2010

August 2, 2010

The Research Utilization Committee (RUC) is hosting one of their successful, informative Dissemination Workshops on September 21st, before the National Steering Committee Meeting in Bethesda, MD.

They are still looking for proposals and are especially interested in CTP folks who could talk about implementation of empirically supported substance abuse treatments in their programs/centers.

The Pacific Northwest Node would cover all travel expenses for anyone whose proposal is selected for the workshop.

Please take a look at the proposal (details and application here);  the deadline for submission is THIS FRIDAY, August 6, so don’t delay!

You can register for the National Steering Committee Meeting (same location, September 21-23)  here:

To view the March 2009 RUC Dissemination Workshop, which included two presentations from the Pacific Northwest node, visit the CTN Dissemination Library.  After viewing, take a short quiz to receive 3 NAADAC continuing education credits for FREE (through December 31).