Richard Ries, MD, FAPA, FASM

Personal Statement

I am a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Addictions Division in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington  School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. I am also the clinical director of  addictions treatment services at Harborview Medical Center, and work in the psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery services.

I am board-certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Added Qualifications in Addiction Psychiatry, and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. A Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, I am on the editorial board and a reviewer for several scientific journals and holds a number of research grants from the National Institute of Health.


Northwestern Univ. Medical School Medical education, 1975
UW - Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Residency, Psychiatry

Department Affiliations

Recent Publications

The Rewarding Recovery Study: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Incentives for Alcohol and Drug Abstinence with a Rural American Indian Community.
(2020 Nov 21)
McDonell MG, Skalisky J, Burduli E, Foote A, Granbois A, Smoker K, Hirchak K, Herron J, Ries RK, Echo-Hawk A, Barbosa-Leiker C, Buchwald D, Roll J, McPherson SM

Addiction and Suicide: A Review.
(2019 Apr)
Focus (Am Psychiatr Publ) 17(2): 193-199
Yuodelis-Flores C, Ries RK

Suicide-Related Training, Self-Efficacy, and Mental Health Care Providers' Reactions Toward Suicidal Individuals.
(2020 Sep)
Crisis 41(5): 359-366
Mitchell SM, Taylor NJ, Jahn DR, Roush JF, Brown SL, Ries R, Quinnett P

Association between methamphetamine use and retention among patients with opioid use disorders treated with buprenorphine.
(2020 Feb)
J Subst Abuse Treat 109(): 80-85
Tsui JI, Mayfield J, Speaker EC, Yakup S, Ries R, Funai H, Leroux BG, Merrill JO

Effect of Augmenting Standard Care for Military Personnel With Brief Caring Text Messages for Suicide Prevention: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
(2019 May 1)
JAMA Psychiatry 76(5): 474-483
Comtois KA, Kerbrat AH, DeCou CR, Atkins DC, Majeres JJ, Baker JC, Ries RK

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