Allison J. Ober

Associate Health Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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 an associate health policy researcher at RAND and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Ober has over a decade of experience working in the area of HIV and substance use research, in both intervention research and behavioral and social epidemiology. As a Project Director at RAND (2003-2009), she coordinated a multi-site, international study of the role of drugs in the sexual transmission of HIV that used respondent-driven sampling (RDS) to recruit over 8,000 drug users and men who have sex with men. She also served as Research Implementation and Training Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Region of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network (CTN), which studies pharmacological and psychosocial treatments and HIV prevention interventions for people with substance use disorders (SUDs). Ober has worked as clinician with youth and families and is currently a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Her current research interests include HIV prevention and access to testing/treatment; 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. She is interested in both community and global health. Ober received her doctorate from the UCLA Department of Social Welfare, School of Public Affairs.

Selected Publications

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, 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, 2009

Martin Y. Iguchi, Alilson 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, 2009