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Harm Reduction and Motivational Enhancement for Alcohol-Use Disorders

Postdoctoral Fellows working with Drs. Collins and Clifasefi will have the opportunity to engage in research and clinical opportunities in the context of NIH-funded research trials developing and evaluating harm reduction interventions for chronically homeless individuals with substance-use disorders. Postdoctoral Fellows will also gain experience in grant-writing, conducting advanced statistical analyses, publishing research findings in academic journals and building an independent line of research in a related area. Additional opportunities include qualitative data collection and analysis. Strong scientific writing skills and/or experience with advanced quantitative (e.g., generalized linear modeling, growth modeling, SEM) or qualitative methods (e.g., classic content analysis and/or grounded theory analysis) are preferred but not required. Women and members of groups that are underrepresented in behavioral research are encouraged to apply.

Susan E. Collins, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Washington – Harborview Medical Center. She has over 15 years of experience in alcohol treatment research, and has disseminated this work in four dozen book chapters, abstracts and peer-reviewed articles. Her current research program focuses on developing and evaluating harm-reduction and motivational interventions targeting substance-use disorders as well as integrating qualitative, quantitative, and community-based participatory methods to more comprehensively investigate causes and correlates of initiation, maintenance and change in substance-use behaviors. She currently holds a Career Transition Award from NIAAA and is a recent awardee of the G. Alan Marlatt Memorial Research Award for contributions to alcohol research.

Seema Clifasefi, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at the UW. She is a cognitive/experimental psychologist by training, but after her postdoctoral fellowship at the Addictive Behaviors Research Center between 2003-2006, her research trajectory shifted towards clinically focused, alcohol intervention research. Her most recent work focuses on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of a comprehensive, multi-dimensional program that aims to improve alcohol, health, and quality of life related outcomes for chronically homeless individuals with alcohol problems.