Therese Grant, PhD

Personal Statement

I am an epidemiologist who has worked in substance abuse research and intervention at the University of Washington School of Medicine for over 25 years. I hold the Ann Streissguth Endowed Professor in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Director of the Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit, and Associate Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute.

Since its inception in 1991, I have directed the Washington State Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP), an award-winning intervention model working with mothers who abuse alcohol and drugs during pregnancy. I have published and spoken widely on intervention with high-risk mothers and their children, effects of prenatal alcohol and drug exposure, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.​


PhD, Epidemiology , University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1995-1999
MA, Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, 1980-1982
BA, General Science, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, 1977-1979

Teaching Philosophy

​My goals in teaching/training are not only to convey information and demonstrate concepts in a clear and compelling manner, but also to elicit genuine interest and inspire action. I have supervised or mentored over forty graduate and undergraduate students and find this to be one of the most rewarding aspects of my work, particularly when we develop longstanding productive relationships.

Recent Publications

Prenatal alcohol exposure and mental health at midlife: A preliminary report on two longitudinal cohorts.
(2022 Feb)
Alcohol Clin Exp Res 46(2): 232-242
Coles CD, Grant TM, Kable JA, Stoner SA, Perez A, Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Predictors and moderators of improved social-emotional functioning in mothers with substance use disorders and their young children enrolled in a relationship-based case management program.
(2020 Sep)
Infant Ment Health J 41(5): 677-696
Hildebrandt UC, Graham JC, Grant TM

Use of Marijuana and Other Substances Among Pregnant and Parenting Women With Substance Use Disorders: Changes in Washington State After Marijuana Legalization.
(2018 Jan)
J Stud Alcohol Drugs 79(1): 88-95
Grant TM, Graham JC, Carlini BH, Ernst CC, Brown NN

Prenatal alcohol exposure: An assessment strategy for the legal context.
(2015 Sep-Dec)
Int J Law Psychiatry 42-43(): 144-8
Brown NN, Burd L, Grant T, Edwards W, Adler R, Streissguth A

Intervention with substance-abusing mothers: are there rural-urban differences?
(2015 Mar)
Am J Addict 24(2): 144-152
Shaw MR, Grant T, Barbosa-Leiker C, Fleming SE, Henley S, Graham JC

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