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:
- Provide consultation to AI/AN individuals with FASD and their families, and make referrals for FASD evaluation and diagnosis. Consultations include referrals to a wide range of professionals in the medical, education, legal, and social services systems, and to other service providers as appropriate.
- Provide technical support on FASD issues to service providers, professionals, and students working with AI/AN populations. This support is provided through phone and in person consultations, as well as through research/clinical internships. FADU provides technical support to AI/AN in developing FASD screening, prevention and intervention programs.
- Collaborate with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board on FASD issues and training needs.
- Respond to requests for information on FASD and related topics by providing resources, referrals, and workshops. Presentation of research findings at invited talks and publication of research in scientific journals and other periodicals is ongoing.
- Summarize existing unidentified, aggregate FADU research data involving AI/AN participants, and report on recommended strategies for FASD prevention and treatment.
(See Publications – Indian Health Service FASD Project)
- Summer 2011 Lummi FASD Series
- September 2011 FASD Training
- September 2012 FASD Training
- September 2014 FASD Training
2013-2014 FASD Webinars:
On July, 10, 2013, Julian Davies, MD, University of Washington Department of Pediatrics, and Pediatrician, UW Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic and Prevention Network (FAS DPN), presented Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
On September 9, 2013, Julian Davies, MD, presented Beyond the Diagnosis: Effective Interventions for Children and Adolescents with FASD.
On May 28, 2014, Kathleen Mitchell, MHS, LCADC, National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS), and Daphne Colacion, MA, Lake County Tribal Health Consortium, presented FASD: Creating a Circle of Hope.
On June 18, 2014, Dan Dubovsky, MSW, SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence, and Professor Michael McDonell, PhD, University of Washington Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, presented FASD and Addiction Treatment; Improving Outcomes.
Technical support for these Webinars was generously provided by the IHS Tele-Behavioral Health Center for Excellence. To view the above 2013-2014 webinars online, go to: https://www.ihs.gov/telebehavioral/seminararchive/ and look under “Current Series – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)”.
2015 FASD Webinar:
On May 6, 2015, Deb Evensen, MA, National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) Alaska, presented Students with FASD: Simple Strategies for Behavioral and Academic Success.
To view the above 2015 webinar online, go to: https://www.ihs.gov/telebehavioral/seminararchive/ and look under “Current Series – Other Topics”.
2016 FASD Webinars:
On May 18, 2016, Natalie Novick Brown, PhD, SOTP, Northwest Forensic Associates, LLC, presented FASD and Challenging Sexual Behaviors: Identification and Interventions.
On June 1, 2016, Therese Grant, PhD, Professor, University of Washington Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Director, UW Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit, and Morgan Fawcett, Founder of One Heart Creations, presented The Connection Between FASD and Suicide.
On June 15, 2016, Thea Wilshire, MD, San Carlos Apache Wellness Center, and Gerilyn Goselyn, BSW, San Carlos Apache Wellness Center, presented A Community Response to Suicide Prevention for At-Risk Populations.
On September 28, 2016, Sandra Radin, PhD, MSW, University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, and Tessa Campbell-Evans, PhD, University of Washington School of Social Work, presented FASD and Historical Trauma Considerations to Improve Care for Native People: Focus on Child Welfare and Domestic Violence.
(These are not yet posted online – stay tuned!)