Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit

Research Studies and Intervention Projects-IHS

Principal Investigator: Therese Grant, Ph.D.

Funded by the Indian Health Service (IHS)


Since 1983, the Indian Health Service (IHS) has funded the Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit to provide FASD information and strategies for prevention and intervention to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. This contract enables the unit to carry out the following activities:

(See Publications – Indian Health Service FASD Project)


FASD Trainings:

FASD Webinars:

On July, 10, 2013, the Indian Health Service (IHS) Headquarters, Division of Behavioral Health, hosted a DVPI Webinar entitled “Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)” from 1-2:30pm EST. The Webinar presenter was Julian Davies, M.D., University of Washington Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and member of the UW Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic and Prevention Network (FAS DPN). The Webinar was organized by the UW Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit (FADU). This presentation provided an overview of FASD including diagnostic criteria and a brief look at appropriate interventions for behavioral health providers.

On September 9, 2013, a second Webinar was hosted by IHS with a title of “Beyond the Diagnosis: Effective Interventions for Children and Adolescents with FASD” from 2-3:30pm EST. The Webinar presenter was, once again, Julian Davies, M.D. and the Webinar organizer, the Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit (FADU). This program provided an in-depth review of the latest research on FASD interventions, as well as practical parenting and teaching tips learned from families and research colleagues.

On May 28, 2014, Kathleen Mitchell of NOFAS and Daphne Colacion from the Lake County Tribal Health Consortium in Lakeport, CA, presented “FASD: Creating a Circle of Hope”.  Personal stories were used to describe how individuals, their families, and communities are affected by alcohol and FASD. Ms. Mitchell highlighted some of the NOFAS FASD prevention efforts in their 25 year history. Suggestions for how clinicians and communities can work to prevent FASD were discussed.

On June 18, 2014,  Dan Dubovsky, SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence, and Prof. Michael McDonell, University of Washington Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences presented “FASD and Addiction Treatment; Improving Outcomes”. This presentation focused on improving outcomes for individuals who have a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and co-occurring substance use issues by recognizing the FASD. The presenters examined the use of motivational incentives with individuals with co-occurring FASD and substance use disorders, and provided attendees with other modifications to treatment that can benefit these individuals, their families, and the programs that support them.


Technical support for the Webinars was generously provided by the IHS Tele-Behavioral Health Center for Excellence, and can be viewed online at: http://bit.ly/TBHCEarchive (scroll down to “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)” section).