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Dennis Donovan

Adjunct Professor, Health Services
Director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (primary appt.)
Adjunct Professor, Global Health
Adjunct Professor, Psychology


PhD   University of Washington, 1980   (Clinical Psychology)
MA   Western Washington University, 1972   (Psychology)
BS   Seattle University, 1970   (Psychology)

Contact Info


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

voice:   206-543-0937
fax:   206-543-5473


Dr. Donovan has been the director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute since 1993 and has been a UW faculty member since 1981. He has served as Principal Investigator on a number of federally funded grants, including NIAAA's Project MATCH, the NIAAA COMBINE Study, and NIDA's National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN). In the CTN, he chairs the Research Development Committee and is a member if the Publications Committee.Dr. Donovan was affiliated with the Addictions Treatment Center at the Seattle Division of the Department of Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System for over 20 years, involved in clinical, administrative, training, and research activities. He served as the Director of the Inpatient Treatment Program and as the Assistant Director of the Addictions Treatment Center. Prior to moving full time to the University of Washington campus, he served as the Associate Director and then Acting Director of the first Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education (CESATE) within the Department of Veterans Affairs nationally. Among his many contributions within the VA system was the development of the first interdisciplinary fellowship in substance abuse treatment, including postdoctoral clinical psychologists, and post-masters nursing, social work, and occupational therapist trainees. In 2013, he was invited to serve on the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Committee to Evaluate the Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services.

Dr. Donovan has published more than 230 articles, chapters, and books in the area of alcoholism and addictive behaviors. He was selected by the Center on Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to serve as the Chair of the Consensus Panel developing and publishing the Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) on Relapse Prevention and Recovery Management.

Substance use/abuse: etiology, prevention, and treatment; treatment development, cultural adaption, and service development; community-based participatory research; implementation science; global health