Katie Witkiewitz, PhD, University of Washington
Dr. Katie Witkiewitz is Director of the Center on Alcohol, Substance use, And Addictions (CASAA) and a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. The underlying theme of her research is the examination and treatment of substance use disorder, with an emphasis on harm reduction, recovery processes, and applying advanced quantitative research methods to better understand changes in alcohol and drug use behavior over time. Dr. Witkiewitz is also a licensed clinical psychologist and has worked extensively on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of mindfulness-based relapse prevention for substance use disorder. She trains clinicians in the delivery of mindfulness-based interventions for substance use in New Mexico, nationally, and internationally. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Institute on Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Cancer Institute, totaling over $50 million in research funding since 2004.
Dr. Witkiewitz is currently Editor of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Field Editor for Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, and serves on the editorial boards of Substance Use and Misuse and Alcohol and Alcoholism. Dr. Witkiewitz prioritizes mentoring and has mentored numerous early career faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Her mentees have also received numerous accolades, including awards from UNM, National Institutes of Health training fellowships and research grants, and awards and grants from the Research Society on Alcoholism and the Society of Addiction Psychology.
Dr. Witkiewitz grew up in rural upstate New York in the hamlet of North Rose and near the town of Sodus, New York. As a first generation college student, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Potsdam in 1999. She completed a Masters of Arts degree in clinical psychology at the University of Montana in 2000 and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in clinical psychology at the University of Washington in 2005 under the direction of Dr. G. Alan Marlatt. To date, she has authored 6 books, over 265 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and she has given over 100 presentations and invited talks.