Therese Grant, PhD, has worked in substance abuse research and intervention at the University of Washington School of Medicine for over 25 years. After an extremely influential career, she is set to retire at the end of this month.
Dr. Grant is an epidemiologist and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, where she holds the Ann Streissguth Ph.D. Endowed Professorship in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Her FASD research has examined 15-year trends in rates of prenatal alcohol use in Washington State, development of an FASD behavioral screening instrument, and the study of substance abuse treatment outcomes among people with FASD, and FASD and mental health in longitudinal adult cohorts. In 1991 Dr. Grant developed the Washington Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP), a statewide intervention for pregnant and parenting women with at-risk substance use that she directed for over 25 years and that has inspired similar efforts and programs around the world. Her intervention research includes the examination of risk factors for repeat alcohol and drug-exposed pregnancies, predictors of improved social-emotional functioning in mothers with substance use disorders and their young children, and risk and protective factors associated with disrupted parenting and child reunification among mothers with at-risk substance use.