Seema Clifasefi

Seema Clifasefi, Ph.D. | CV
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
1100 NE 45th, Suite 300, Office 322
Box 354944 Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 543-3452

Seema Clifasefi, Ph.D. currently serves as 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 and received her Ph.D. in Psychology in 2003 from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Through her postdoctoral fellowship at the Addictive Behaviors Research Center between 2003-2006, her research trajectory shifted more towards clinically focused, alcohol intervention research. Over the past seven years, she has served as part of a collaborative academic/community-based research team evaluating the effects of Housing First (e.g., a low-barrier, non-abstinence based housing program) on alcohol, health and service utilization outcomes among chronically homeless individuals with alcohol problems. 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 this population. Ultimately, through her work, she hopes to help create positive social change by promoting understanding and compassion across different demographic and socio-economic class systems.

Select Publications:
Collins, S.E., Malone, D.K., Clifasefi, S.L. (in press). Housing retention in single-site Housing First for chronically homeless individuals with severe alcohol problems. American Journal of Public Health.

Clifasefi, S.L., Malone, D.K., Collins, S.E. (2012). Exposure to project-based Housing First is associated with reduced jail time and bookings. International Journal of Drug Policy, epub ahead of print. doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2012.10.002.

Collins, S. E., Clifasefi, S. L., Andrasik, M. P., Dana, E. A., Stahl, N. E., Kirouac, M Welbaum, C., King, M, Malone, D. K. (2012). Exploring the transition from homelessness to Housing First: Qualitative evaluation and practice implications. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 23, 1678-1697.

Collins, S. E., Malone, D., Clifasefi, S., et al. (2012). Project-based Housing First for chronically homeless individuals with alcohol problems: Within-subjects analyses of two-year alcohol-use trajectories. American Journal of Public Health, 102, 511-519. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300403

Collins, S. E., Clifasefi, S. L., Dana, E. A., Andrasik, M. P., Stahl, N. E., Kirouac, M., Welbaum, C., King, M, Malone, D. K. (2012). Where harm reduction meets Housing First: Exploring alcohol’s role in a project-based Housing First setting. International Journal of Drug Policy, 23, 111-119. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2011.07.010.

Clifasefi, S.L., Collins, S.E., Tanzer, K.E., Burlingham, B., Hoang, S.E., & Larimer, M.E. (2011). Agreement Between Self-Report and Archival Public Service Utilization Data Among Chronically Homeless Individuals with Severe Alcohol Problems. Journal of Community Psychology, 39, 631-644. doi: 10.1002/jcop.20457.

Bowen, S., Chawla, N., Collins, S.E., Witkiewitz, K., Hsu, S., Grow, J.C., Clifasefi, S.L., Garner, M.D, Douglas, A., Larimer, M.E. & Marlatt, G.A. (2009). Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Substance Use Disorders: A Pilot Efficacy Trial. Substance Abuse, 30, 295-305.

Larimer, M.E., Malone, D.K., Garner, M.D., Atkins, D., Burlingham, B., Lonczak, H.S., Tanzer, K., Ginzler, J., Clifasefi, S.L., Hobson, W.G., & Marlatt, G.A. (2009). Health care and public service use and costs before and after provision of housing for chronically homeless persons with severe alcohol problems. Journal of the American Medical Association, 301, 1349-1357.

Current Research Grants:
Development of a Life Enhancing Alcohol-management Program (LEAP) for Chronically Homeless Individuals With Alcohol Problems (K01AA021147)