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

Glass JE. Challenges in developing and testing referral to treatment interventions. Addiction. 2015 Sep;110(9):1419-20. doi: 10.1111/add.13039. PubMed

Glass JE, Grant JD, Yoon HY, Bucholz KK. Alcohol problem recognition and help seeking in adolescents and young adults at varying genetic and environmental risk. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 Aug 1;153:250-7. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.05.006. Epub 2015 May 18. PubMed

Mowbray O, Glass JE, Grinnell-Davis CL. Latent class analysis of alcohol treatment utilization patterns and 3-year alcohol related outcomes. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2015 Jul;54:21-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2015.01.012. Epub 2015 Feb 18. PubMed

Glass JE, Williams EC, Bucholz KK. Psychiatric comorbidity and perceived alcohol stigma in a nationally representative sample of individuals with dsm-5 alcohol use.Disorder Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2014 Jun;38(6):1697-705. doi: 10.1111/acer.12422. Epub 2014 May 21. PubMed

Quanbeck AR, Gustafson DH, Marsch LA, McTavish F, Brown RT, Mares ML, Johnson R, Glass JE, Atwood AK, McDowell H. Integrating addiction treatment with primary care using mobile health technology: protocol for an implementation research study. Implement Sci. 2014 May 29;9:65. doi: 10.1186/1748-5908-9-65. PubMed

 

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