Allison J. Ober

Allison J. Ober
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, program evaluation, and intervention research, and has 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 used by young black men who have sex with men. She is currently co-investigator of a randomized controlled trial examining strategies for implementing substance use disorder treatment in a federally qualified health center. Ober's current research interests include HIV prevention and increasing access to substance use disorder treatment. Ober received her doctorate from the UCLA Department of Social Welfare, School of Public Affairs.

Selected Publications

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

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

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 Testing 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