Joseph E. Glass, PhD, MSW

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“We need to increase the reach of addiction treatment within health care systems. Many more people could benefit from effective care.”

Joseph E. Glass, PhD, MSW

Associate Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Biography

Joe Glass, PhD, MSW, is an associate investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI). Before joining KPWHRI in July 2016, he was an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Social Work.

Dr. Glass’ research seeks to understand how effective health care interventions for unhealthy alcohol and drug use can reach more people. His research seeks to answer these questions:

  • Why do so few people receive help for their unhealthy drinking and drug use?
  • How can we change this?
  • How can health systems make better use of effective treatments?
  • In what ways could our current treatments for addiction be improved?
  • Is care for unhealthy alcohol use delivered equitably?

Much of Dr. Glass’ recent work, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and Kaiser Permanente, is studying approaches for routinely using smartphone and web-based treatments for unhealthy alcohol and drug use in health care. After receiving an MSW from the University of Michigan, Dr. Glass spent three years as a social worker at the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System. As a licensed clinical social worker in a large mental health clinic, he developed expertise in social work case management and evidence-based treatments for anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. Much of his research is driven by his clinical experiences, considering the many people struggling with both mental health difficulties and unhealthy substance use who have yet to receive addiction treatment. 

Dr. Glass is an affiliate assistant professor of health services and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, at the University of Washington.

Research interests and experience

Recent publications

Williams EC, Chen JA, Frost MC, Rubinsky AD, Edmonds AT, Glass JE, Lehavot K, Matson TE, Wheat CL, Coggeshall S, Blosnich JR. Receipt of evidence-based alcohol-related care in a national sample of transgender patients with unhealthy alcohol use: overall and relative to non-transgender patients. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 Jul 8:108565. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2021.108565. Online ahead of print. PubMed

Bagley SM, Chavez L, Braciszewski JM, Akolsile M, Boudreau DM, Lapham G, Campbell CI, Bart G, Yarborough BJH, Samet JH, Saxon AJ, Rossom RC, Binswanger IA, Murphy MT, Glass JE, Bradley KA. Receipt of medications for opioid use disorder among youth engaged in primary care: data from 6 health systems. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2021;16(1):46. doi: 10.1186/s13722-021-00249-3. PubMed

Glass JE, Matson TE, Lim C, Hartzler AL, Kimbel K, Lee AK, Beatty T, Parrish R, Caldeiro RM, Garza McWethy A, Curran GM, Bradley KA. Approaches for implementing app-based digital treatments for drug use disorders into primary care: a qualitative, user-centered design study of patient perspectives. J Med Internet Res. 2021;23(7):e25866. doi: 10.2196/25866. PubMed

Dickson K, Glass JE, Stadnick N, Graham A, Powell BJ, Barnett M. Value of peer mentoring for early career professional, research, and personal development: a case study of implementation scientists. J Clin Transl Sci. 2021 Apr 8;5(1):e112. doi: 10.1017/cts.2021.776. PubMed

Naranjo DE, Glass JE, Williams EC. Persons with debt burden are more likely to report suicide attempt than those without: a national study of US adults. J Clin Psychiatry. 2021 Apr 6;82(3):19m13184. doi: 10.4088/JCP.19m13184. PubMed

 

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