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Matt Layton, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
WSU Medical Sciences

Medical Director
College of Nursing Program of Excellence in the Addictions

M.D., Kansas University

Ph.D. in pharmacology, Kansas University

Dr. Matt Layton directs the resident doctors in the University of Washington Medical School’s psychiatry program at Sacred Heart Medical Center. While there, he also works with third-year medical students in their six-week psychiatry clerkships.

He is involved in training rural primary care doctors, physicians assistants and nurses to work with patients who have psychiatric disorders and drug addictions.

Layton also teaches dental students participating in the RIDE program.

Layton's current research focuses on the psychological and physiological changes in smokers during the first few days after they quit smoking.

Research Studies:
Neuroactive Steroid Hormones in Smoking Cessation (Layton, PI); 08/01/10- 7/31/11; Washington State University – Spokane Seed Grant

Neuroactive Steroid Hormones in Methamphetamine and Cocaine Dependence (Layton, PI); 08/01/10-7/31/11; Washington State University – Spokane Program of Excellence in the Addictions Seed Grant

Methamphetamine Initiative Grant (Roll, PI); 03/11/09 – 03/10/12; Department of Justice; Co-Investigator

Center of Excellence in Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment (Roll, PI); 08/16/09 – 08/15/13; Washington State Life Sciences Discovery Fund; Co-Investigator

NIDA National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network: Pacific Northwest Node (Donovan & Roll, Co-PIs); 2010-2014; Co-Investigator

Additional Information
Layton is a psychiatrist who works to incorporate lessons about human behavior into a heavily science-based, first-year medical school curriculum. He helps prospective doctors understand how the way people behave affects their health. He is also the medical director for the WSU College of Nursing’s Program of Excellence in the Addictions.

Layton is a Kansas native who directed Spokane Mental Health for eight years. Since coming to WSU Spokane in the fall of 2008, he has won ‘Outstanding Faculty’ awards given by the UW physician assistant program and first-year Spokane medical students.