Read Our Publication On Harm Reduction Goal-Setting!

Our latest article written with our students in the Psych 499 class has been published in the journal Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. This article looks at the efficacy of harm reduction goal-setting from both our HaRT-A and HaRP studies.

Click here to read the article: Dual Study Describing Patient-Driven Harm Reduction Goal-Setting Among People Experiencing Homelessness and Alcohol Use Disorder

The HARTC Project is Hiring!

We are opening up a full time, Research Study Assistant role (and possibly more positions) through WSU to work in collaboration with the UW HaRRT Center and the Seattle Indian Health Board on our Harm Reduction Talking Circles (HaRTC) project.

The Research Study Assistant will be responsible for answering our study hotline, meeting with community partners and behavioral health treatment sites; ordering, managing and shipping materials to sites; and conducting repeated study interviews with participants regarding their sense of cultural connection, their alcohol use and related harm and their health-related quality of life. Spokane-based people are urged to apply; however, there may be some opportunity for remote/teleworking for people living in Washington State.

We are looking forward to talking to applicants who have experience working in Native communities, care deeply about the Native community and are excited to support a more culturally aligned and acceptance-based way forward to working with people experiencing alcohol-related harm. Please forward the job description link below to your respective networks.…/Research-Study…

Interested applicants should additionally submit a CV and letter of interest to Dr. Lonnie Nelson at

Thank you!

-The HaRTC Team

The HaRRT Center is Hiring a Research Assistant!

HaRRT Center Research Study Assistant job description (temporary, 1-year)

Under the direction of the Co-Directors, the University of Washington-Harborview Medical Center’s Harm Reduction Research & Treatment (HaRRT) Center seeks to hire a full-time temporary Research Study Assistant for a one year duration (June 1, 2021-May 31, 2022) to support projects operating out of the HaRRT Center. The HaRRT Center conducts research and evaluations, including biomedical and/or behavioral sciences studies that aim to reduce substance related harm and improve quality of life for substance users and their communities, including people experiencing homelessness.

The research study assistant will:

  • Create and deliver participant packets and other study materials, as needed
  • Complete data entry, management, and accuracy checks
  • Conduct study assessments (over Zoom and in person)
  • Track participants/make reminder calls
  • Assist research coordinator/study directors with written reports, study mail outs, and other study related duties
  • Complete other day-to-day study-related tasks, as necessary and directed by research coordinators/study directors

Competitive candidates will be attentive to detail, highly motivated, have the ability to multitask, take direction from more than one person, and be able to communicate effectively with a diverse group of people. We value diversity and are committed to creating and maintaining an environment that respects diverse identities, traditions, heritages, and experiences.


Two years of college-level course work in a relevant academic area AND one year of research experience OR equivalent educational background.

Additional Requirements:

Evidence of independence, excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong organizational ability, effective time management skills, strong problem-solving skills, and high attention to detail.


  • Training in CITI Human Subjects and HIPAA Compliance protocols
  • Knowledge of medical and psychiatric terminology
  • Training and understanding in harm reduction philosophy
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills and competence communicating and working with health professionals, faculty members and researchers, and diverse groups within the general public
  • Experience working with REDCap, Excel and SPSS
  • Access to a car

To apply: Please submit a cover letter and CV to In the Subject Line of the email please reference “HaRRT Center Research Study Assistant.”

New Publication in the Lancet Psychiatry!

So proud our HaRRT Center research team + community partners + community members brought alcohol harm reduction to the Lancet Psychiatry! The short story: People with alcohol use disorder don’t have to stop drinking to start recovery. The long story: We didn’t ask participants — 96% of whom were physically dependent on alcohol–to stop or reduce their drinking. Instead, we supported whatever they wanted to see happen for themselves, talked about staying safer and healthier when drinking, and provided anticraving meds. What happened? They loved coming back to talk to Nigel Mayberry and Naomi True, and they reduced their alcohol use by 43%, reduced their alcohol-related harm by 59% and improved their physical health by 10%. Bottom line: let your patients lead the way to recovery!

You can read a press release about the article here.

You can read the advanced online publication here.
© 2021, American Psychological Association. This paper is not the copy of record and may not exactly replicate the final, authoritative version of the article. Please do not copy or cite without authors’ permission. The final article will be available, upon publication, via its DOI: 10.1037/pha0000470

Remembering Joey Stanton

Joey Stanton, longtime friend, collaborator, coauthor and colleague at the HaRRT Center died this week after his fierce battle with cancer. The loss has left us bereft. And yet we are so grateful for the time we all had together. Joey is a big reason we do the work we do, and he has shaped our Center’s mission and projects in indelible ways. He is the heart of the HaRRT Center and will be so deeply missed. Joey, as you requested, we will keep fighting. Thank you for teaching the world to sing. We love you.

You can listen to Joey reading his poetry and watch his memorial slide show.

UW Medicine Opens Drop-Off Center for COVID-19 Donations

To the UW Medicine Community:  

We continue to be in awe of the many expressions of support that we are receiving from you and our broader community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of you have also asked how you can donate supplies to meet our critical needs for personal protective equipment (PPE).

We are pleased to announce that starting today, March 23, UW Medicine will be accepting in-kind donations at a drop-off center located near University Village in Seattle. Donations can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays or shipped directly to the center.

The following items will be accepted in their unopened and original packaging:

– Disposable face masks: all types, including N95 respirators
– Clear face shields Clear safety/medical glasses or goggles
– Powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) systems
– Exam and surgical gloves
– Isolation gowns
– Disinfecting wipes
– Hand sanitizer

To donate supplies, please begin by submitting the form on the UW Medicine Advancement Emergency Response to COVID-19 website. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for dropping off or shipping your gift. All in-kind donations must be made through the drop-off center rather than individual hospitals and clinics. You can also email if you have questions.

Please feel free to share this information with your friends and families. They can also offer their support with words of encouragement and online donations.

We are strengthened by the overwhelming show of support that we are receiving from our community and welcome all contributions with great gratitude.  


Lisa Brandenburg
President, UW Medicine Hospitals & Clinics

Timothy H. Dellit, MD
Chief Medical Officer, UW Medicine
President, UW Physicians