Caleb J. Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW

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Principal Research Scientist, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute

Dr. Banta-Green became the Interim Director of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute in September 2018. He conducts research on opioid use disorder and overdose interventions. He also provides technical assistance and evaluation services for public health and safety interventions including the website He is also an epidemiologist and reports drug trends across WA State, with data available online, has been the Seattle area representative to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s drug epidemiology workgroup since 2001, and partners with state and local agencies on drug epidemiology tracking and reporting.

Dr. Banta-Green has an MSW, an MPH, and a PhD in Health Services Research from the School of Public Health, all from the UW. He serves on several local and state workgroups and committees related to epidemiology and interventions for opioid related problems. He served as senior science advisor for the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Executive Office of the President in 2012.

Dr. Banta-Green is interviewed regularly by local and national news media about drug trends and interventions, particularly regarding prescription opioids and heroin. Find links to Banta-Green "In The News" on his bio page in the School of Public Health.

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