Caleb J. Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW
Interim Director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute
Principal Research Scientist, ADAI
Affiliate Associate Professor, UW School of Public Health

1107 NE 45th Street, Suite 120
University of Washington, Box 354805
Seattle, WA 98105-4805

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Dr. Banta-Green became the Interim Director of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute in September 2018. He conducts research on opioid use disorder and overdose interventions. He also provides technical assistance and evaluation services for public health and safety interventions including the website He is also an epidemiologist and reports drug trends across WA State, with data available online, has been the Seattle area representative to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s drug epidemiology workgroup since 2001, and partners with state and local agencies on drug epidemiology tracking and reporting.

Dr. Banta-Green has an MSW, an MPH, and a PhD in Health Services Research from the School of Public Health, all from the UW. He serves on several local and state workgroups and committees related to epidemiology and interventions for opioid related problems. He served as senior science advisor for the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Executive Office of the President in 2012.

Dr. Banta-Green is interviewed regularly by local and national news media about drug trends and interventions, particularly regarding prescription opioids and heroin. Find links to Banta-Green "In The News" on his bio page in the School of Public Health.

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  • BA, Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • MSW, Social Work, University of Washington
  • MPH, Public Health, University of Washington
  • PhD, Public Health, University of Washington

Research Interests:

  • Epidemiological measures of drug use in rural and urban settings
  • Development of novel drug epidemiology surveillance tools
  • Drug-caused morbidity and mortality e.g. drugged driving, drug overdoses
  • Youth abuse of prescription drugs
  • Health services research -- prescription opiate use patterns among chronic pain patients, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program analyses
  • Drug treatment outcomes -- impact of access to treatment and drug use characteristics
  • Public health law research
  • Opiate overdose prevention and intervention -- individual and community level

Honors & Awards:

  • Washington State Public Health Leadership Award, for his extensive work in drug abuse epidemiology and prevention of opioid overdose. The award was presented by Washington Secretary of Health John Wiesman presented the award on Oct. 7, acknowledging Banta-Green as “a leader who turns data into action."

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Updated: September 2018

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