Allison J. Ober

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Health Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in social welfare, University of California Los Angeles; M.S.W. in social work, Catholic University of America; B.A. in psychology, University of Vermont


Allison J. Ober is a health policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. She has over a decade of experience working in the area of HIV and substance use disorder (SUD) research, in both intervention research and behavioral and social epidemiology. Currently, Ober is principal investigator for a study examining adaptive strategies for avoiding HIV used by young black men who have sex with men. She is also co-investigator of a randomized control trial examining two strategies for implementing SUD services in a federally qualified health center and of a large evaluation study examining the processes and impacts of a program to close overt drug markets in urban areas. Ober has significant expertise utilizing respondent-driven sampling (RDS) to recruit large populations of injection and non-injection drug users and men who have sex with men (MSM). Previously, she coordinated the implementation of a multi-site, international study of the role of drugs in the sexual transmission of HIV that used RDS to recruit over 8,000 drug users and MSM in the United States and Russia. Ober's research interests include HIV prevention and access to testing; drug use and sexual risk behaviors; substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery; and integration of SUD services and HIV testing into primary care are other community service settings. Ober received her doctorate from the UCLA Department of Social Welfare, School of Public Affairs in 2009.

Selected Publications

Ober, A.J., Watkins, K., Hunter S.B., Lamp, K., Lind, L, Setodji, C.M., "An Organizational Readiness Intervention and Randomized Controlled Trial to Test Strategies for Implementing Substance Use Disorder Treatment into Primary Care: SUMMIT Study Protocol," Implementation Science, 10, 2015

Sarah B. Hunter, Allison J. Ober, Susan M. Paddock, Deborah Levan, "Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in Addiction Treatment Settings: Design and Intervention Protocol of a Group Randomized Pilot Study," Addiction Science and Clinical Practice, 9, 2014

Joan S. Tucker, Allison J. Ober, Gery Ryan, Daniella Golinelli, Brett Ewing, Suzanne L. Wenzel, "To Use or Not to Use: A Stage-Based Approach to Understanding Condom Use among Homeless Youth," AIDS Care, 26(5):576-573, 2014

Allison J. Ober, Jeremy N.V. Miles, Brett Ewing, Joan S. Tucker, Elizabeth J. D'Amico, "Risk for Inhalant Initiation among Middle School Students: Understanding Individual, Family and Peer Risk and Protective Factors," Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74(6):835-840, 2013

Allison J. Ober, Steven C. Martino, Joan S. Tucker, Brett Munjas, "If You Provide the Test, They Will Take It: Individual and Partner-level Factors Associated with HIV/STI Teting and Knowledge of Results in a Representative Sample of Homeless Youth," AIDS Education and Prevention, 24(4):350-362, 2012

Allison J. Ober, Martin Y. Iguchi, Robert E. Weiss, Pamina M. Gorbach, Lawrence J. Ouellet, Steven Shoptaw, M. Douglas Anglin, William A. Zule, "The Relative Role of Perceived Partner Risks in Promoting Condom Use in a Three-City Sample of High-Risk, Low-Income Women," AIDS and Behavior, 15(7):1347-1358, 2010

Allison J. Ober, Steven Shoptaw, P.C. Wang, Pamina M. Gorbach, Robert E. Weiss, "Factors Associated with Event-Level Stimulant Use During Sex in a Sample of Older, Low-Income Men Who Have Sex with Men in Los Angeles," Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 102:123-129, 2009

Martin Y. Iguchi, Allison J. Ober, Sandra H. Berry, Terry Fain, Douglas D. Heckathorn, Pamina M. Gorbach, Robert Heimer, Andrei Kozlov, Lawrence J. Ouellet, Steven Shoptaw, William A. Zule, "Simultaneous Recruitment of Drug Users and Men Who Have Sex with Men in the United States and Russia Using Respondent-Driven Sampling: Sampling Methods and Implications," Journal of Urban Health, 86(Sup 1):5-31, 2009