Allison J. Ober

Allison J. Ober, MSW, PhD (UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Department of Social Welfare) is a Health and Behavioral Science Researcher at the RAND Corporation.  Dr. Ober’s expertise is at the intersection of public health and social work and aims to bridge the gap between research, policy and practice.  She has expertise in behavioral health program implementation and evaluation in community health settings, and in the study of uptake of evidence-based practices related to HIV prevention and substance use disorder treatment. She recently served as co-investigator of a randomized controlled trial examining a collaborative care approach to implementing substance use disorder treatment in a federally qualified health center.  For that study, she worked in close collaboration with clinical partners to design and implement the intervention and co-led the mixed-methods evaluation.  She is currently co-investigator of several studies related to health and behavioral health, including a study examining the feasibility of implementing treatment for alcohol use disorders in community mental health settings; a multi-site, mixed-methods study aimed at improving the continuum of care for people with HIV/HCV coinfection; a project examining uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis; and an evaluation of telemedicine program implementation.  She also co-led a Department of Defense study of best clinical practices for addressing opioid misuse in the military health system.  Prior to becoming a researcher, Dr. Ober served as a clinician, providing therapy to youth and families in community and residential treatment centers, and as training coordinator and outreach supervisor for HIV prevention and substance use disorder treatment projects.


Ober A.J., Watkins K.E., Hunter S.B., Ewing, B., Lamp K., Lind M., Becker, K., Heinzerling, K., Osilla, K.C., Diamant, A., & Setodji C.M. (2017.) Assessing and improving organizational readiness to implement substance use disorder treatment in primary care: Findings from the SUMMIT study. BMC Family Practice, 18(1), 107. PMCID: PMC5740845

Watkins, K.E., Ober, A.J., Lamp, K., Lind, M., Diamant, A., Osilla, K.C., Heinzerling, K., Hunter, S.B., & Pincus, H.A. (2017). Implementing the chronic care model for opioid and alcohol use disorders in primary care. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 11(4), 397-407. PMID: 29332853

Ober A.J., Watkins, K.E., Lamp, K., Lind, M., Heinzerling, K.G., Osilla, K., et al. (2017). SUMMIT Study Protocol: Step-by-Step Procedures for Providing Screening, Brief Intervention and Treatment Services to Primary Care Patients with Alcohol or Opioid Use Disorders. RAND Technical Manual. TL-219-NIDA. Available at:

Watkins, K.E., Ober, A.J., Lamp, K., Lind, M., Setdoji, C.M., Osilla, K.C., Hunter, S.B., McCullough, C.M., Becker, K., Iyiewuare, P., Diamant, A., Heinzerling, K., & Pincus, H.A. (2017). Collaborative care for opioid and alcohol use disorders in primary care: The SUMMIT randomized clinical trial.  JAMA Intern Med, Published online August 28, 2017:; PMCID: PMC5710213

Ober, A.J., Dangerfield II, D.T., Shoptaw, S., Ryan, G., Stucky, B., & Friedman, S.R. (2017). Using a “positive deviance” framework to discover adaptive risk reduction behaviors among high-risk HIV negative black men who have sex with men. AIDS and Behavior, published online May 12, 2017:

Ober, A.J., Sussell, J.A., Kilmer, B., Saunders, J., & Heckathorn, D.D. (2016). Using Respondent Driven Sampling to Evaluate a Drug Market Intervention.Evaluation Review, 40(2), 87-121.

Ober A.J., Watkins K.E., Hunter S.B., Lamp K., Lind M., & Setodji C.M. (2015). 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 : IS, 10, 66. PMCID: PMC4432875.

Ober, A.J., Martino, S.C, Ewing, B., & Tucker, J.S. (2012). If you provide the test, they will take it: factors associated with HIV/STI Testing in a representative sample of homeless youth in Los Angeles. AIDS Education and Prevention, 24(4), 350-62. doi: 10.1521/aeap.2012.24.4.350. PMCID: PMC3408628

Ober, A.J., Iguchi, M.Y., Weiss, R., Gorbach, P., Heimer, R., Ouellet, L.J., Shoptaw, S., Anglin, D., & Zule, W.A. (2011). 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.

Ober A., Shoptaw S., Wang P.C., Gorbach P., & Weiss R.E. (2009). 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(1-3):123-9. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2009.02.002. PMCID: PMC2751657