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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!


Meet the Researchers!

January 26, 2012

The website, a project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, disseminates “practical ‘how-to’ information about conducting research.” One of their latest offerings, posted January 25, 2012, was an interview with CTN researcher Lisa Rey Thomas, PhD of the Pacific Northwest Node about building partnerships with American Indian and Alaska Native communities as part of protocol CTN-0033.

Several other CTN-related researchers have also contributed both text and video content for Check out the pages for these CTN-related folks and get to know a few of them a little better!

Roger Weiss, MD (NEC Node):

José Szapocznik, PhD (FNA Node):

Stephanie O’Malley, PhD (NEC Node):

Dean Fixsen, PhD (NIRN):

Evergreen Treatment Services Awarded LEAD Contract

October 13, 2011

Evergreen Treatment Services (ETS), a community treatment programs in the Pacific Northwest Node, has been awarded a contract to develop and execute intervention plans for participants in Washington state’s new Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program.

Funded by private foundations, the $950,000-a-year, four-year pilot program for LEAD offers hand-picked participants individualized alternatives to arrest, from inpatient drug treatment and educational opportunities to housing assistance and micro-loans for would-be business owners.

ETS, a nonprofit outpatient opioid treatment program founded in 1973, was awarded the contract to create the intervention for LEAD participants who must voluntarily agree to be part of the program (in return for their participation, no criminal charges will be filed), and who will be largely selected for it by police officers on the street, who best know the neighborhood’s dealers, users, and prostitutes.

Congratulations to Evergreen Treatment Services for its participation with this new program, and good luck!

Read more about the LEAD program with ETS in The Seattle Times.

Betsy Wells Elected Chair of CTN Research Utilization Committee

December 21, 2010

Betsy Wells, PhD, Co-PI for Research in the PNW Node and our representative on the Research Utilization Committee (RUC), has been elected chair of the RUC for the 2011-2012 term.  Members of the RUC facilitate adoption of CTN-tested and successful interventions within the CTN;  facilitate sharing of cost effective dissemination strategies among Nodes, Blending Teams, and Federal and State partners; assist nodes in developing internal dissemination projects and developing partnerships for internal dissemination; tracks and describes dissemination activities within the CTN;  promote dissemination research using CTN as a platform;  and report to CTN Executive Committee.   The CTN Dissemination Library works closely with the RUC,  so we’re doubly lucky to have Betsy in this key position within the Clinical Trials Network. Congratulations, Betsy!

Fall CTN National Steering Committee Meeting – Registration Open!

July 14, 2010

The fall CTN Steering Committee Meeting will take place at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Bethesda, Maryland, September 21-23, 2010.

To register and obtain logistical and program information, please visit:

While updating your calendars, be sure to also save the date for the Spring 2011 CTN Steering Committee Meeting, which will take place in Bethesda, Maryland, on March 15-17, 2011.  (Information from the CTN Bulletin, July 14, 2010.)