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Seema Clifasefi

Seema L. Clifasefi, PhD, MSW is an associate professor and co-director of the Harm Reduction Research and Treatment (HaRRT) Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington-Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA.

She is also affiliate faculty at the Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors and teaches in the School of Social Work. Her research lies at the intersection of substance use, mental health, criminal justice and housing policy, with an emphasis on populations with lived experience of marginalization.

Her work is guided by a community-based participatory research framework, with a focus on creating more equitable systems and a commitment to racial and social justice. Over the past decade, she has worked collaboratively with diverse communities to co-develop, evaluate and disseminate programs and interventions that aim to reduce substance related harm, improve quality of life, and create positive social change. Dr. Clifasefi will be serving as the PI for Phase II of the Doorway Project (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2021).

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Noah Weatherton

Noah Weatherton, RN, BSN, is a Doctor of Nursing Practice student at University of Washington, focusing on Psychiatric-Mental Health. He is the Research Associate for the Doorway Project.

Noah began his health career in 2010 volunteering as a 'street medic', helping provide first-response care during political protests and encampments. He is passionate about creating policy and systems of psychiatric emergency response that focus on proper de-escalation and treatment. He is a 2019 UW Medicine LEAH Fellow, focusing on understanding the negative mental health effects of unhealthy masculinity on adolescent cisgender boys and their communities.

Noah is originally from Chicagoland, IL. He can be contacted at

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Courtney Jackson

Courtney is a Research Coordinator at the Harm Reduction Research and Treatment (HaRRT) Center at the University of Washington. She is a public health specialist with experience implementing community-based interventions in low-, middle-, and high-income countries. Her interest focuses on the impact of the justice system on human health as relates to drug, housing, and foreign policy. Courtney is passionate about dismantling anti-blackness and supporting the economic and social empowerment of systematically disadvantaged communities. She holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) From the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington and is a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship and 2019 Bonderman Fellowship.


YOUTHCaRE Team Members


Jason McGill is a Community Advocate and current Program Manager at YouthCare University District Youth Center (UDYC). As Program Manager, Jason oversees the daily program operations at UDYC. He first became involved in efforts to address homelessness after working many years in a behavioral hospital setting and witnessing the revolving door to treatment with many patients who identified as homeless.

Degale Cooper, Chief Program Officer

Christopher Hanson, Director of Engagement Services


UW Carlson Leadership & Public Service center

Through the Undergraduate Community-Based Internships (UCBI) program, Doorway Project will continue to be a host organization for UW undergraduate students interested in public service and community leadership. This service learning-based internship has been instrumental in placing passionate UW students with youth homelessness service providers and the clients they serve.



Special thanks to the HaRRT Center team for their support of the project. Please check back soon for more information about our team members, our Community Advisory Board, and the important role of each person involved in making the Doorway Project a success!

The mission of the Doorway Project is to center the voices of youth and young adults in the University District who are experiencing homelessness in order to co-develop and evaluate a comprehensive and effective model that reduces youth homelessness and improves quality of life for all affected.