Joseph E. Glass, PhD, MSW


“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


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

Burnett-Zeigler IE, Pfeiffer P, Zivin K, Glass JE, Ilgen MA, Flynn HA, Austin K, Chermack ST. Psychotherapy utilization for acute depression within the Veterans Affairs healthcare system. Psychol Serv. 2012 Nov;9(4):325-35. doi: 10.1037/a0027957. Epub 2012 May 7. PubMed

Powell BJ, McMillen JC, Proctor EK, Carpenter CR, Griffey RT, Bunger AC, Glass JE, York JL. A compilation of strategies for implementing clinical innovations in health and mental health. Med Care Res Rev. 2012 Apr;69(2):123-57. doi: 10.1177/1077558711430690. Epub 2011 Dec 26. PubMed

Glass JE, Perron BE, Straussner SL. Introduction to the special issue [special issue: addiction-related issues among active duty military, veterans and their families]. J Soc Work Pract Addict. 12(1): 1-5.

Perron BE, Ahmedani BK, Vaughn MG, Glass JE, Abdon A, Wu LT. Use of Salvia divinorum among a nationally representative sample. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2012 Jan;38(1):108-13. doi: 10.3109/00952990.2011.600397. Epub 2011 Aug 11. PubMed

Glass JE, Bucholz KK. Concordance between self-reports and archival records of physician visits: a case-control study comparing individuals with and without alcohol use disorders in the community. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2011 Jul 1;116(1-3):57-63. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2010.11.021. Epub 2011 Jan 14. PubMed


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