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The Program for Addiction Research, Clinical Care, Knowledge, and Advocacy (PARCKA) promotes and provides addiction related research, clinical care, knowledge and advocacy across the University of Utah, the local community, the state, and the nation.


PARCKA provides an interdisciplinary and inter-professional approach to addiction-related clinical care, advocacy, research, and education across the University, the local community, the state and the nation.



Welcome from Dr. Adam J. Gordon

PARCKA Director

Welcome and thank you for visiting the Program of Addiction Research, Clinical Care, Knowledge, and Advocacy’s website. Here you will learn more about our work and how we have become a quintessential program in substance use disorder (SUD) research here at the University of Utah. Our program brings together a broad and interdisciplinary group of investigators and staff to increase addiction health services here in the intermountain west and beyond. I invite you to explore our website to learn more about our program.

    The Greater Intermountain Node

    The Greater Intermountain Node (GIN) was founded to expand the existing National Institute of Drug Abuse Clinical Trial Network (CTN) infrastructure by developing and testing innovative interventions for opioid use disorder, preventing overdose, expanding the settings for Network research, and bringing new research expertise to the Network.

    The GIN is housed within the Program for Addiction Research, Clinical Care, Knowledge, and Advocacy (PARCKA) and brings particular expertise in opioid addiction research to the Utah, regional, and national communities.




    • par·leys (noun, plural): a discussion or conference
    • A seminar series focusing on various topics around addiction
    • 2024 Series Theme: Prevention & Harm Reduction


    parleys canyon


    Support is not always easy to find, and we hope to help bridge that gap if we can. PARCKA offers a comprehensive list of addiction health resources, available to anyone and everyone.



    Adam Gordon, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM, CMRO

    PARCKA Director

    Dr. Adam Gordon is the Elbert F. and Marie Christensen Endowed Research Professor, tenured Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, at the University of Utah School of Medicine and the Section Chief of Addiction Medicine at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. Dr. Gordon has a 20+ year track record of conducting research on the quality, equity, and efficiency of health care for vulnerable populations, including those who are homeless or who have addiction

    Gerald Cochran, PhD, MSW

    PARCKA Director of Research

    Dr. Gerald Cochran is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Epidemiology at the University of Utah also has an adjunct Associate Professor appointment with the University of Utah Department of Psychiatry and is core faculty with the Informatics, Decision-Enhancement, and Analytic Sciences (IDEAS) Center of Innovation within the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System.

    Elizabeth Howell, MD, MS, DLFAPA, DFASAM

    PARCKA Director of Education

    Dr. Elizabeth Howell is Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Clinical) at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah, with an inpatient and outpatient practice at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute. She is the Training Director for the ACGME-accredited Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine fellowship programs at the University of Utah School of Medicine.