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:
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.
Oh H, Nicholson HL Jr, Koyanagi A, Jacob L, Glass J. Urban upbringing and psychiatric disorders in the United States: a racial comparison. Int J Soc Psychiatry. 2021 Jun;67(4):307-314. doi: 10.1177/0020764020950781. Epub 2020 Aug 21. PubMed
Glass JE, Williams EC, Oh H. Racial/ethnic discrimination and alcohol use disorder severity among United States adults. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Aug 10;216:108203. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108203. PubMed
Montgomery L, Friedmann P, Abraham A, Evans E, Glass J, Ilgen M. Editorial: Health equity in substance use disorder treatment. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2020 Aug 8:108101. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2020.108101. Online ahead of print. PubMed
Matson TE, Lapham GT, Bobb JF, Johnson E, Richards JE, Lee AK, Bradley KA, Glass JE. Cannabis use, other drug use, and risk of subsequent acute care in primary care patients. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Aug 8;216:108227. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108227. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Chen J, Glass JE, Bensley KM, Goldberg SB, Lehavot K, Williams EC. Racial/ethnic and gender differences in receipt of brief intervention among patients with unhealthy alcohol use in the U.S. Veterans Health Administration. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2020 Jul 15:108078. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2020.108078. Online ahead of print. PubMed
A trial led by KPWHRI researchers found that adding nurse care managers helped more people get needed treatment.
Joe Glass explores how to engage patients with treatment for alcohol or drug use.
A new primary care approach improves alcohol-related preventive care as well as care for alcohol use disorder.