Allison J. Ober

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Health Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office

Education

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

Overview

Allison J. Ober is a health policy and behavioral science researcher at the RAND Corporation.  She has extensive expertise in implementation science and intervention research, and over fifteen years of experience conducting substance use disorder and HIV prevention research with underserved populations.  Ober currently serves as principal investigator of several projects examining strategies for integrating evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders into primary care, hospital, and mental health settings.  She also is principal investigator of a study using a Positive Deviance framework to uncover best practices of high-performing health care clinics in South Africa that retain a majority of patients in HIV treatment.  Ober's current research interests include increasing access to and retention in substance use disorder and HIV treatment and innovative methods for studying quality of care.
Ober received her doctorate from the UCLA Department of Social Welfare, School of Public Affairs.

Recent Projects

  • Pilot Test of a Collaborative Care Team for Medical Inpatients with Alcohol or Opioid Use Disorders
  • Combining Positive Deviance and Implementation Science to Improve Retention in HIV Care in South Africa
  • Implementing Medication-Assisted Therapy for Opioid Disorders in Mental Health
  • The SUMMIT Study: Implementing Collaborative Care for Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorders in Primary Care
  • Using a "Positive Deviance" Framework to Discover Adaptive Risk Reduction Behaviors among High Risk HIV Negative Men Who Have Sex with Men

Selected Publications

Guerrero, E., Ober A.J., Howard D.L., Khachikian T., Kong Y., van Deen W.K., Valdez A., Trotzky-Sirr R., Menchine M. , "Organizational factors associated with practitioners' support for treatment of opioid use disorder in the emergency department.," Addictive Behaviors, 2020

Ober A.J., Watkins K.E., McCullough, C.M., Setodji, C.M., Osilla, K, & Hunter, S.B, "Patient predictors of substance use disorder treatment initiation in primary care. ," Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 2018

Katherine E. Watkins, Allison J. Ober, Karen Lamp, Mimi Lind, Claude M. Setodji, Karen C. Osilla, Sarah B.Hunter, Colleen M. McCullough, Kirsten Becker, Praise O. Iyiewuare, Allison Diamant, Keith Heinzerling, Harold A. Pincus, "Collaborative care for opioid and alcohol use disorders in primary care: The SUMMIT randomized clinical trial," JAMA Internal Medicine, 8(4), 2017

Katherine E. Watkins, Allison J. Ober, Karen Lamp, Mimi Lind, Keith Heinzerling, Karen C. Osilla, Sarah B.Hunter, Harold A. Pincus, "Implementing the chronic care model for opioid and alcohol use disorders in primary care," Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action., 2017

Allison J. Ober, Katherine E. Watkins, Sarah B. Hunter, Karen Lamp, Mimi Lind, Claude M. Setodji., "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

Allison J. Ober, Jesse Sussell, Beau Kilmer, Douglas D. Heckathorn, "Using Respondent-Driven Sampling to Recruit Illegal Drug Purchasers to Evaluate a Drug Market Intervention.," Evaluation Review, 2016

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 Testing and Knowledge of Results in a Representative Sample of Homeless Youth," AIDS Education and Prevention, 24(4), 2012

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, 2009

Publications