Dr. Alison B. Hamilton

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Alison B. Hamilton, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Alison B. Hamilton, Ph.D., M.P.H., is an Associate Research Anthropologist in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. Her main area of interest is the relationship between addiction, mental health, and sexuality among women. She recently completed the NIDA-funded “Women, Methamphetamine, and Sex” study (K01 DA017647), which utilized mixed methods to investigate women methamphetamine users’ sexual experiences and behaviors as they relate to their methamphetamine use and/or histories of trauma. Dr. Hamilton is also a Research Health Scientist and Lead of the Qualitative Methods Group at the VA Health Services Research & Development Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy, specializing in women Veterans’ health, mental health services research, and implementation science. She was a fellow in the inaugural cohort (2010-2012) of the NIMH/VA Implementation Research Institute and she is on the editorial board of Implementation Science.

Education and Training

  • Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, B.A., Anthropology, 1990
  • University of California, Los Angeles, CA, M.A., Anthropology, 1996
  • University of California, Los Angeles, CA, Ph.D., Anthropology, 2002
  • University of California, Los Angeles, CA, M.P.H., Community Health Sciences, 2009


  • Women and drug addiction (particularly methamphetamine)
  • Sexuality and drug addiction
  • Qualitative research
  • Implementation Science
  • Gender issues
  • Mental health and co-occurring disorders

Contact Info

UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs
11075 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Selected Publications

  1. Scheuner, M.T., Hamilton, A.B., Peredo, J., Sale, T.J., Austin, C., Gilman, S.C., Bowen, M.S., Goldzweig, C.L., Lee, M., Mittman, B.S., Yano, E.M. (2014). A cancer genetics toolkit improves access to genetic services through documentation and use of the family history by primary-care clinicians. Genetics in Medicine, 16(1), 60-9. PubMed PMID: 23765051.
  2. Scheuner, M.T., Marshall, N., Lanto, A., Hamilton, A.B., Oishi, S., Lerner, B., Lee, M., Yano, E.M. (2014). Delivery of clinical genetic consultative services in the Veterans Health Administration. Genetics in Medicine, 16(8), 609-19. PubMed PMID: 24503778.
  3. Rodriguez, H.P., Giannitrapanni, K.F., Stockdale, S., Hamilton, A.B., Yano, E.M., Rubenstein, L.V. (2014). Teamlet formation and evolution: early experiences of medical home implementation for Veterans. Journal of Internal Medicine, 29 Suppl 2, S623-31. PubMed PMID: 24715392; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4070242.
  4. Rubenstein, L.V., Stockdale, S.E., Sapir, N., Altman, L., Dresselhaus, T., Salem-Schatz, S., Vivell, S., Ovretveit, J., Hamilton, A., Yano, E.M. (2014). A patient-centered primary care practice approach using Evidence-Based Quality Improvement: Rationale, methods, and early assessment of implementation. Journal of Internal Medicine, Apr 9 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed PMID: 24715397.
  5. Hamilton, A.B., Oishi, S., Yano, E.M., Gammage, C.E., Marshall, N.J., Chou, A., Scheuner, M.T. (2014). Factors influencing adoption and implementation of clinical genetic services. Genetics in Medicine, 16(3), 238-45. PubMed PMID: 23949572
  6. Hamilton, A.B., Mittman, B., Williams, J., Liu, H., Eccles, A., Hutchinson, C., Wyatt, G. (2014). Implementation of an evidence-based HIV risk reduction intervention in community-based organizations: Protocol. Implementation Science, 9, 79. PubMed PMID: 24950708; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4085467.
  7. Rodriguez, H.P., Meredith, L.S., Hamilton, A.B., Yano, E.M., Rubenstein, L.V. (2014). Huddle Up! The adoption and use of structured team communication for VA medical home implementation. Health Care Management Review, Jul 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25029511.
  8. Stahlman, S., Javanbakht, M., Cochran, S., Hamilton, A.B., Shoptaw, S, Gorbach, P.M. (2014). Sexually transmitted infections in the US military: How gender influences risk. Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 41(6), 359-64. PubMed PMID: 24825331.
  9. Zuchowski, J., Rose, D., Hamilton, A.B., Stockdale, S., Meredith, L., Yano, E., Rubenstein, L., Cordasco, K. (2014). Challenges in referral communication between VHA primary care and specialty care. Journal of General Internal Medicine, Nov 20. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 25410884
  10. Bergman, A., Frankel, R.M., Hamilton, A.B., Yano, E.M. (2015). Challenges in delivering comprehensive primary care to women Veterans. Women’s Health Issues, 25(1), 28-34. PMID:25530547
  11. Hamilton, A.B., Williams, L., Washington, D.L. (In press). Military and mental health correlates of unemployment in a national sample of women Veterans. Medical Care.
  12. Friedman, S.A., Frayne, S.M., Berg, E., Hamilton, A., Washington, D., Maisel, N., Saechao, F., Lin, J, Hoggatt, J., Phibbs, C.S. (In press). Travel time and attrition from VHA care among women Veterans: How far is too far? Medical Care.
  13. Cordasco, K., Zuchowski, J., Hamilton, A.B., Kirsh, S., Veet, L., Saavedra, J., Altman, L., Knapp, H., Canning, M., Washington, D.L. (In press). Early lessons learned in implementing a women's health educational and virtual consultation program in VA. Medical Care.
  14. Cordasco, K.M., Huynh, A.K., Zephyrin, L., Hamilton, A.B., Lau-Herzberg, A.E., Kessler, C.S., Yano, E.M. (In press). Building capacity and improving quality in VA’s emergency services for women. Medical Care.
  15. Oishi, S., Marshall, N., Hamilton, A.B., Yano, E., Lerner, B., Scheuner, M. (In press). Assessing multilevel determinants of adoption and implementation of genomic medicine: An organizational mixed-methods approach. Genetics in Medicine.

Last updated - 08/19/2015

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