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Call for Papers: JSAT Issue Celebrating CTN’s 20th Anniversary

April 11, 2019

The Center for the Clinical Trials Network is pleased to announce plans for a Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment Supplement reviewing the first two decades of the CTN with a focus on the past 10 years.

Dennis McCarty (Western States Node) and Dennis Donovan (Pacific Northwest Node) have volunteered to serve as guest editors and will ask CTN investigators to serve as reviewers for the papers in the supplement.

The issue will reflect on the development of the CTN with commentary, and will include integrative summaries of the work the CTN has supported to close the gap between practice and research for the treatment of drug use disorders. A point of emphasis will be the extension of CTN from specialty addiction treatment services to general medical settings and healthcare systems. An additional focus will be research embedded in clinical care which utilizes pragmatic designs, leverages existing clinical staff, and evaluates strategies or approaches for advancing evidence-based care that can be sustainably implemented and disseminated in these settings.

To participate in the issue, email a one-page concept of potential papers to Dennis McCarty ( and Dennis Donovan ( with a copy to Udi Ghitza ( and Landhing Moran ( in the Center for the Clinical Trials Network for review and approval to proceed before drafting a full manuscript. The due date for paper concepts is April 29.

CTN policy requires papers to be reviewed in the CTN publication committee before submission to JSAT. All manuscripts submitted to JSAT will undergo peer review.


Dr. Tanja Laschober Joins Pacific NW Node

October 29, 2018

TanjaLaschoberThe Pacific Northwest Node is happy to announce that Dr. Tanja Laschober has joined our team as National Project Director for CTN-0082, Implementation Survey of PrEP and Opioid Use Related Services In STI Clinics and MSM-Centered Community Based Organizations (CBOs), the PrEP Survey Study. Dr. Laschober will work with her counterpart at the Greater New York Node and Drs. Tross and Hatch-Maillette.  She comes from the University of South Florida in Tampa to join the PNW Node at the University of Washington, just in time for Seattle’s rainy season!

Welcome, Tanja!

Dennis Donovan Retiring as Director of the UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute

August 29, 2018

donovan2017After twenty-five years, Dr. Dennis Donovan is stepping down as Director of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington.  He will continue his work in the CTN as the Co-PI (with Dr. Mary Hatch-Maillette) of the Pacific Northwest Node, member of the CTN Publications Committee, as well as selected other activities within the CTN, ADAI, and the UW, under his new status as Professor Emeritus.

Dennis M. Donovan has been the director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute since 1993 and a UW faculty member since 1981; he has been a Professor in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Adjunct Professor in the UW Departments of Psychology, Health Services, and Global Health.  He also directed the Substance Abuse and HIV/STI Scientific Working Group within the UW’s Center for AIDS Research. Dr. Donovan has been a Principal Investigator of numerous federally funded grants, including NIAAA’s Project MATCH, the NIAAA COMBINE Study, and NIDA’s National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN).  He has published more than 300 articles, chapters, and books in the area of alcoholism and addictive behaviors.

Before coming to ADAI, Dr. Donovan was affiliated with the Addictions Treatment Center at the Seattle Division of the Department of Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System for over 20 years, involved in clinical, administrative, training, and research activities. At the VA he directed the Inpatient Treatment Program and Assistant Director of the Addictions Treatment Center. Prior to moving full time to the University of Washington and ADAI, he served as the Associate Director and then Acting Director of the first Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education (CESATE) within the Department of Veterans Affairs nationally. Among his many contributions within the VA system was the development of the first interdisciplinary fellowship in substance abuse treatment, including postdoctoral clinical psychologists, and post-masters nursing, social work, and occupational therapist trainees. In 2013, he was invited to serve on the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Committee for an Evaluation of the Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services.

The University of Washington will launch a national search for a new director of ADAI soon; until then, Dr. Caleb Banta-Green, Principal Research Scientist at ADAI, will serve as interim director.

Dennis (aka “Dr. Pun-ovan”)’s retirement will be noted at a party on August 30 with many Seattle colleagues and friends on hand to wish him well.  Thank you, Dennis, for your decades of good work and good cheer at ADAI and for the CTN! Best wishes and happy kayaking!

Mary Hatch-Maillette Named Co-Director of the Pacific NW Node

April 27, 2018

The Pacific Northwest Node is delighted to announce that in March 2018, Dr. Mary Hatch-Maillette was named Co-Director of the Pacific Northwest Node. Having joined the University of Washington’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute in 2003 to work on CTN-0018, Safer Sex for Men, she has since held a variety of local and national roles in seven additional CTN protocols and two platform studies, including the BEing Safe in Treatment (BEST) study.  In addition, she maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Seattle. Her primary research interests are in substance use treatment and HIV risk behavior.

Now one of the longest-serving members of the Pacific Northwest Node and a CTN “veteran,” Mary has co-authored 45 papers, posters, and presentations for the CTN.  She is excited to join the CTN leadership and continue the PNW Node’s tradition of blending science and practice in the treatment of substance use disorders.

News from the Pacific Northwest Node

December 19, 2017

Grant News: The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington, home of the CTN Pacific Northwest Node, is pleased to join the Addiction Technology Transfer Centers Network as the new Northwest Regional ATTC, serving Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.  The work of the NWATTC will encompass information dissemination, training and technical assistance, and systems consultation for SUD and healthcare organizations and their personnel—all intended to increase awareness and implementation of empirically-supported behavioral health treatment and recovery practices.  Read more about the ATTC Network and its new initiatives.

People News: The PNW Node says farewell and good luck to Elizabeth Witwer, MPH, relocating to the East Coast for a research position at the Guttmacher Institute, where she had worked previously.  During her time with the PNW Node, Ellie worked with colleagues on the new Practice Based Research Network SIG that aims to  expand the number of NIDA CTN protocols relevant to and engaging primary care practices, and to increase the ability of community-based practices to participate in CTN studies.  Drs. Laura-Mae Baldwin (Pacific Northwest Node) and Rowena Dolor (Mid-Southern Node) are co-chairs. Read more about the PBRN SIG.

In a “Conversation with Michelle Peavy,” CTN researcher and psychologist Michelle Peavy discusses the role of research in improving the delivery of effective treatment to clients at Evergreen Treatment Services, an opioid treatment program in Seattle.  Dr. Peavy is one of the co-authors of the recent primary outcomes article for CTN-0051, the X:BOT study.

Recent publications from the Pacific Northwest Node:

Congratulations to Molly Carney, Director of ETS!

March 21, 2017

Molly Carney, PhD, MBA of Evergreen Treatment Services

The Pacific Northwest Node is excited to announce that one of our CTP directors, Molly Carney, of Evergreen Treatment Services, will be receiving the Excellence in Advocacy – Individual Achievement award at the National Council for Behavioral Health meeting this April in Seattle!

The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s mental health and addictions treatment organizations. Its annual Awards of Excellence honor the advocates and leaders advancing public policies that support improved quality of and access to care, organizations that promote excellence and build health communities, and the achievements of individuals with mental illnesses and addictions, their family members, and the professionals who care for them.

Molly Carney, PhD, MBA, is trained as a clinical psychologist and has worked in substance use disorder treatment since 1986, most recently as director of Evergreen Treatment Services, a private, nonprofit agency offering medication-assisted treatment for adults with opioid use disoders since 1973.

The Pacific Northwest Node says “Congratulations and thank you for your outstanding service!” to Dr. Carney!

Congratulations to PN Node Researcher Kari Stephens!

October 17, 2016

kariThe Pacific Northwest Node is proud to announce that one of its members, Kari Stephens, PhD, was just featured as one of nine “rising stars” in the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology journal (v. 47(9), p. 46). The piece features a “group of early career psychologists who confronted problems and found unique ways to solve them.”

Dr. Stephens, an assistant professor in the University of Washington’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Science department, is recognized for her work on extracting elusive health data” by leading a groundbreaking project that aims to help community health clinics gather research data using electronic health records.

That project, Data QUEST, is capable of harmonizing EHR data from multiple clinics using different platforms across the 5-state WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) region. Both the CDC and NIDA are already using the system in their research, and the data have also been used by UW researchers studying wellness counseling for Native American women.

Read the article here:

Congratulations and keep up the great work, Dr. Stephens!


Residence XII Announces New CEO, Eve Ruff

May 29, 2014

res12Residence XII announces the selection of Eve Ruff, MS, CDP as their new Chief Executive Officer, beginning in July 2014.    Eve is currently Executive Director of Edgewood Seattle Addiction Services. She has extensive leadership experience and worked in acute care, inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency treatment settings.  Residence XII’s Board of Directors is impressed with her passion for gender-specific treatment and Residence XII’s mission to provide the highest quality treatment programs and services to meet the unique needs of women and their families. Ms. Rufff is highly respected in the chemical dependency field and has presented at the U.S. Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine and NAADAC conferences.

Margaret Jones returned to Residence XII as CEO in late 2012 for a temporary appointment.  About her replacement she says “Eve is also passionate about research  and will be a great addition to the PNW Node.  I look forward to Residence XII’s  participation in future research projects.”

Donald A. Calsyn, Friend and Colleague

February 13, 2013

CalsynThe Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute and the Pacific NW Node are greatly saddened by the death of our colleague and friend, Don Calsyn, PhD.  Don died at his home on Sunday February 3, 2013.

Don was a Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and a Research Affiliate in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington. Prior to coming to ADAI in 2004, he directed Outpatient Services at the Addictions Treatment Center of the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System.  His work in substance abuse and HIV/AIDS research at the UW and the VA Puget Sound spoke to his passionate commitment to reducing rates of HIV infection in those struggling with substance use disorders or other risk behaviors.

Don’s recent work included leading the protocol  NIDA CTN 0018,  “Reducing HIV/STD Risk Behaviors: A Research Study for Men in Drug Abuse Treatment.”   From the results of that study, Don and colleagues developed a treatment manual:  “Real Men Are Safe (REMAS): A Gender-Focused HIV and Sexual Risk Reduction Intervention for Men in Substance Abuse Treatment” and a related training video with CE for counselors.

A memorial gathering for family, friends, and colleagues on Sunday, February 10 was filled with laughter and tears.  Story after story revealed Don’s generosity and love of family, and of a life well-lived.

In lieu of flowers, the Calsyn family asks that any donations be made in Don’s name to the Albert and Virginia Calsyn Scholarship in Gerontology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, One University Blvd., 107 Woods Hall, St. Louis, MO 63121; Attention: Maura  Wuellner  or by calling (314) 516-5666.  Named for Don’s parents, the scholarship was established in memory of his older brother, Robert, a psychologist and gerontologist, who died just a few months ago.

An obituary for Don appeared in the Seattle Times, where visitors may leave a note of remembrance in the online guestbook.   If you would like to send a card, you can address it c/o Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, 1107 NE 45th Street, Suite 120, Seattle, WA 98105-4631; we’ll deliver them to the Calsyn family.

Ron Jackson, Executive Director of Evergreen Treatment Services, Retires

January 18, 2013
Newly retired Mr. Jackson has plans to take up the ukelele and travel to Hawaii as much as possible!

Ron has plans to take up the ukelele and travel to Hawaii!

After 33 years as the Executive Director of Evergreen Treatment Services, a long-time CTP in the Pacific Northwest Node of the CTN, Ron Jackson, MSW, LICSW, officially retired from that position on January 13, 2013.

He will continue in a part-time role at ETS, helping with the REACH Program, which includes the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Project and with the potential establishment of new clinics.  Ron will also retain his faculty position at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. Over many years, Ron collaborated with UW researchers on numerous projects, most recently on NIDA’s National Drug Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN) where he represented community treatment programs on the CTN Executive Committee.

Ron’s successor at ETS is Molly Carney, PhD.  Dr. Carney received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington and worked in Alan Marlatt’s Addictive Behaviors Research Center before moving to the UW Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute.  She left ADAI in 2006 to complete her MBA at the UW Foster School of Business in 2007.  Last year, Dr. Carney came to work with Ron at ETS where they’ve spent the past 18 months together preparing for this transition.

A retirement party for Ron was held on Friday, January 11th and featured dozens of his staff and colleagues, past and present, many of whom gave brief speeches praising Ron’s professionalism, dedication to service, and decades of hard work balanced with a generous and good-natured spirit.

A set of wonderful photographs from this event, taken by photographer Jarett Kaplan, can be found at this URL:

Best of luck to you, Mr. Jackson, in this new chapter of your life! We will miss you very much here at ADAI!