Donald Calsyn, PhD (deceased)
Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Research Affiliate, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute
Co-Investigator, HIV-Related Studies, Pacific Northwest Node, NIDA Clinical Trials Network, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute

University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-4805

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Dr. Calsyn was a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a Research Affiliate at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute until his sudden, untimely death in February 2013. Prior to July 2004 he was also the Director of Outpatient Services at the Addictions Treatment Center of the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System. Much of his work has focused on HIV/AIDS risk behaviors among IV drug abusers and preventive interventions.

Don's work included leading a study for the NIDA CTN on "Reducing HIV/STD Risk Behaviors: A Research Study for Men in Drug Abuse Treatment.” From the results of that study, Don and colleagues developed a treatment manual: “Real Men Are Safe (REMAS): A Gender-Focused HIV and Sexual Risk Reduction Intervention for Men in Substance Abuse Treatment” and a related training video with CE for counselors.

A memorial gathering for family, friends, and colleagues on Sunday, February 10 was filled with laughter and tears. Story after story revealed Don’s generosity and love of family, and of a life well-lived.

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Research Interests:

  • HIV prevention interventions with injection drug users
  • Use of contingency management techniques in the treatment of drug abuse

Updated: April 2014

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