School of Public Health

Astley, Susan

Susan J. Astley

Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Professor, Pediatrics

Research Affiliate, Center on Human Development and Disability
Director, Washington State Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic & Prevention Network


PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 1990
MS Radiology, Physiology, Oregon State University, 1979

Contact Info

FAS DPN, Center on Human Development & Disability
Office Room 459
Box 357920
Seattle, WA 98195
Tel: 206-598-0555


The mission of the FAS Diagnostic & Prevention Network and accomplishments over the last 20 years are posted on the FAS DPN website


Research Interests

Dr. Astley's primary area of expertise is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). She is the director of Washington State FAS Diagnostic & Prevention Network (FAS DPN). The FAS DPN is a network of four WA State community-based clinics linked by the core clinical/research/training clinic at the Center on Human Development and Disability at the University of Washington. The mission of the FAS DPN is primary and secondary prevention of FASD through screening, diagnosis, intervention, training, education and research. Dr. Astley has developed a comprehensive system for diagnosing FASD "The FASD 4-Digit Diagnostic Code", the 4-Digit Code Online Course, FAS Facial Photographic Analysis Software for diagnosis and screening of the FAS facial features, and the Foster Care FAS Screening Program in King County.

Teaching Interests

Primary teaching interests have been in clinical research design, implementation and analysis.


In The News

Smoking pot while pregnant is not a good idea
The Seattle Times, 05/01/2018

Far more U.S. children than previously thought may have fetal alcohol disorders
The New York Times, 02/16/2018

UW research leads to new recommendation against drinking while pregnant
KING 5, 10/26/2015