Research Program

The Research Program at the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is a non-partisan and transparent resource focused on public safety and public health outcomes related to the products, policy, and regulation of alcohol, cannabis, tobacco, and vapor. 

Our Mission
Enhance public health and public safety by conducting, analyzing, and reporting internal and external research that is evidence-based and non-partisan.

Our Vision
A leading research center focused on the products and services regulated by LCB, with an emphasis on communicating science for public benefit.

What We Do

  • Conduct comprehensive literature reviews to drive informed, effective, and evidence-based decision making.
  • Develop innovative research studies to track policy outcomes and advance the scientific understanding of relevant concepts.
  • Provide science-backed information (e.g., presentations and peer-reviewed publications) to a wide audience including regulators, researchers, and community members.
  • Support streamlined data collection processes to gather valuable insights and increase transparency.
  • Collaborate with partners to understand emerging concerns in communities and support research initiatives.


Meet the Team


   Sarah Okey, PhD 
   Research Manager

    Tyler Watson, PhD, MPH
    Research Specialist

       Nick Glodosky, PhD
       Research Analyst


Contact Us

If you would like to reach the research program, email

You can also reach us by mail at:

Research Program
Liquor and Cannabis Board
P.O. Box 43080
Olympia, WA 98504-3080

Or send us a fax at: (360) 704-5027




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