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Robin Harwick, PhD
Research Scientist, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute

1107 NE 45th Street, Suite 120
University of Washington, Box 354805
Seattle, WA 98105-4631

tel: 206-221-5651
ORCID: 0000-0002-5512-2668

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Dr. Harwick joined the University of Washington’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI) in January 2015 as a Research Scientist. She passionate about bridging the gap between research and practice to improve the quality of life of youth and families, especially those from under-served and/or marginalized populations. She has been a member of academic, governmental, and private research teams since 1995. She has also worked extensively in direct service of children and families as a parent educator, home visitor, and therapeutic foster parent.

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  • PhD in Special Education (Secondary Special Education and Transition), University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 2014
  • Dissertation: Transition to Adulthood for Young Adults with Disabilities that Experienced Foster Care Dissertation Chair: Deanne Unruh, PhD. Director, National Post-School Outcomes Center (NPSO)
  • Master of Science in Special Education (Early Intervention), University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 2011
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Management, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM, 1999

Research Interests:

  • Transition to Adulthood (particularly for youth with disabilities and/or experience in the foster care system)
  • Disability (FASD, TBI, EBD)
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Medical Marijuana

Selected Activities:

  • Principal Investigator: Consumers’ Perspectives on the Function of Marijuana in their Lives study (2016-Present)
  • Project Director: Maximizing the Patient-Counselor Relationship to Reduce Sexual Risk Behavior (2015- Present)
  • Collaborator: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Indian Health Service, NW Portland Area Health Board. (2016- Present)
  • Reviewer: Journal of International Special Needs Education & Children and Youth Services Review

Updated: October 2016

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