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Dennis M. Donovan, PhD
Director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Adjunct Professor of Global Health
Director, CFAR Substance Abuse and HIV/STI Scientific Working Group

1107 NE 45th Street, Suite 120
University of Washington, Box 354805
Seattle, WA 98195-4805

tel: 206-543-0937 | fax: 206-543-5473
ORCID: 0000-0003-2237-4292
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Dr. Donovan has been the director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute since 1993 and has been a UW faculty member since 1981. He has served as Principal Investigator on a number of federally funded grants, including NIAAA's Project MATCH, the NIAAA COMBINE Study, and NIDA's National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN). In the CTN, he chairs the Research Development Committee and is a member if the Publications Committee.

Dr. Donovan was affiliated with the Addictions Treatment Center at the Seattle Division of the Department of Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System for over 20 years, involved in clinical, administrative, training, and research activities. He served as the Director of the Inpatient Treatment Program and as the Assistant Director of the Addictions Treatment Center. Prior to moving full time to the University of Washington campus, he served as the Associate Director and then Acting Director of the first Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education (CESATE) within the Department of Veterans Affairs nationally. Among his many contributions within the VA system was the development of the first interdisciplinary fellowship in substance abuse treatment, including postdoctoral clinical psychologists, and post-masters nursing, social work, and occupational therapist trainees. In 2013, he was invited to serve on the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Committee to Evaluate the Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services.

Dr. Donovan has published more than 230 articles, chapters, and books in the area of alcoholism and addictive behaviors. He was selected by the Center on Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to serve as the Chair of the Consensus Panel developing and publishing the Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) on Relapse Prevention and Recovery Management.

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  • BS Psychology, Seattle University
  • MA Psychology, Western Washington University
  • PhD Clinical Psychology, University of Washington

Research Interests:

  • Cognitive-behavioral approaches to substance abuse and its treatment
  • Relapse prevention
  • Patient-treatment matching
  • Assessment of addictive behaviors
  • Treatment-seeking behavior among substance abusers

Honors & Awards:

Selected Activities:

  • Member, Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Committee to Evaluate the Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services, 2013-present
  • Member, Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Peer Review Committee for the Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse (CRISM), November, 2013 – present
  • Core Faculty Member, NIAAA Postdoctoral Psychology Training Program in Alcohol Research, Addictive Behaviors Research Center, Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, 1988 - present.
  • Assistant Editor for the Americas: Addiction, 2002-present

  • Ad-Hoc Reviewer: Addiction; Addictive Behaviors; Alcohol, Alcohol and Alcoholism; Alcohol Health and Research World; Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research; American Psychologist; Bulletin of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors; Cognitive Research and Therapy; Comprehensive Psychiatry; Criminal Justice and Behavior; Criminology; Journal of Abnormal Psychology; Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; Journal of Applied Social Psychology; Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology; Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease; Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; Journal of Studies on Alcohol; Journal of Substance Abuse; Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment; Medical Care; Program Evaluation and Planning; Psychological Assessment; Psychology of Addictive Behaviors; Violence and Victims

Updated: January 2014

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