ADAI joins the department!

Department news | November 25, 2020


Beginning January 1, 2021, the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI) will join our department as a core program. ADAI’s transition from Health Sciences Administration (HSA) to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences was made at the direction of the UW Executive Office. We are thrilled to welcome them to our team!

Directed by Susan Ferguson, PhD, ADAI is a multidisciplinary research center with a mission to advance research, policy, and practice to improve the lives of individuals and communities affected by alcohol and drug use and addiction. The Institute has approximately 40 staff made up of clinical and social psychologists, epidemiologists, public health experts and information specialists. Since its inception in 1973, ADAI has awarded more than $3.5 Million to researchers in 40 University departments for approximately 350 projects, in addition to research conducted by its own research scientists.

The placement of ADAI in Psychiatry will generate opportunities for collaboration that will further strengthen and advance substance abuse research. ADAI will work in collaboration with several active substance abuse clinical and training programs, as well as with numerous faculty and staff involved in addiction psychiatry or substance use research. As with all our programs, ADAI will receive administrative oversight and operations support for their staff and programs. For the time being, they will stay in their off-campus space in the University District Building.

We will have much more to share in the coming months about this exciting development. In the meanwhile, please welcome our new colleagues and help them as they transition to their new administrative home.