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 and behavioral science researcher at the RAND Corporation.  She has expertise in implementation science and intervention research, and over fifteen years of experience conducting HIV prevention and substance use disorder research with underserved populations.  Ober recently served as principal investigator of a study examining adaptive strategies for avoiding HIV use by young black men who have sex with men and as co-investigator of a randomized controlled trial that tested the use of a collaborative care model for implementing substance use disorder treatment in a community health center.  Ober's current research interests include increasing access to substance use disorder treatment and preventing HIV. Ober received her doctorate from the UCLA Department of Social Welfare, School of Public Affairs.

Recent Projects

  • 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

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, 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, 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, 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, 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), 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, 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), 2009