UW Research

Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit (FADU)



The Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit (FADU) is a research unit dedicated since 1973 to the goals of studying Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) across the life span, disseminating research information, providing consultation for individuals affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol, and intervention with high-risk mothers to prevent fetal alcohol and drug effects.

Core Services Offered

FADU developed and continues to provide evaluation and training for the Washington State Parent Child Assistance Program (PCAP), an evidence-informed intensive case management model for pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders. PCAP’s goals are to help mothers build healthy families and prevent future births of children exposed prenatally to alcohol and drugs. The program serves 1,400 families 19 counties in Washington State and the PCAP model has been replicated at dozens of sites in the U.S. and Canada.

Funding Information

NIH/NIAAA from 2017 – 2022
State of Washington Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery from 2017-2021
Mark Torrance Foundation from 2018-2022

Reporting Structure

School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Related UW Entities

UW Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute
UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UW School of Social Work
UW Department of Radiology
UW School of Nursing

External Partners

In Washington State: Washington State University, Washington State Health Care Authority Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Evergreen Recovery Centers, Triumph Treatment Services, New Horizons Care Centers, Family Health Center, Brigid Collins Family Support Center, First Step Family Support Center, Agape Unlimited, Community Services Northwest, Connections, A Center for Healthy Families, Family Education and Support Services, Pacific Treatment Alternatives, Elijah Family Homes, Pathways to Enlightened Parenting

Other: Emory University, San Diego State University, University of British Columbia, University of Oklahoma