Seema Clifasefi, Ph.D. currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors in the University of Washington School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. She also co-directs the Harm Reduction Research and Treatment (HaRRT) Center at the UW- Harborview Medical Center. Her work lies at the intersection of substance use, mental health, criminal justice and housing policy, with an emphasis on populations with lived experience of homelessness, substance use and/or involvement in the criminal justice system. Her overarching goal is to provide research, training and evaluation in the development and dissemination of substance use interventions that reduce harm, improve quality of life, and ultimately create positive social change through promoting understanding and compassion across socio-economic class systems. Since 2006, she has been part of a collaborative academic/community-based research team evaluating the effects of low-barrier housing (e.g. Housing First programs) on alcohol, health and service utilization outcomes among individuals who have experienced homelessness and substance use problems. She approaches her work through a community based participatory research framework. This collaborative approach ensures that the programs being developed are relevant to the community in which they will serve, and creates a sense of power sharing and community engagement.
Clifasefi, S.L, Collins, S.E., Torres, N.I., Grazioli, V.S., Mackelprang, J.L. (in press). Housing First, but What Comes Second? A Qualitative Study of Resident, Staff and Management Perspectives on Single-site Housing First Program Enhancement. Journal of Community Psychology.
Stahl, N., Collins, S.E., Clifasefi, S.L. & Hagopian, A. (in press). When Housing First Lasts: Exploring the Lived Experience of Single-site Housing First Residents. Journal of Community Psychology.
Mackelprang, J.L., Collins, S.E., & Clifasefi, S.L. (2014). Housing First is associated with reduced use of emergency medical services. Prehospital Emergency Care, 18, 476-482.
Collins, S.E., Malone, D.K., Clifasefi, S.L. (2013). Housing retention in single-site Housing First for chronically homeless individuals with severe alcohol problems. American Journal of Public Health, 103 Suppl 2: 269-74.
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.
Collins, S. E., Malone, D., Clifasefi, S.L., 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.
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.
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.
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 Individuals with the Lived Experience of Chronic Homelessness and Alcohol use Problems (K01AA021147-01A1)
Evaluation of Seattle’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program