Dr. Alison B. Hamilton

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

Alison B. Hamilton 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 of Excellence for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior, 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.

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. Stein, B.D., Kataoka, S.H., Hamilton, A.B., Schultz, D., Ryan, G., Vona, P., Wong, M. (2010). School personnel perspectives on their school's implementation of a school-based suicide prevention program. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 37(3), 338-49. 
  2. Cohen, A., Glynn, S., Hamilton, A., Young, A. (2010). Implementation of a family intervention for individuals with schizophrenia. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 25(Suppl 1), 32-37.
  3. Hamilton, A., Cohen, A., Young, A. (2010). Organizational readiness in specialty mental health care. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 25(Suppl 1), 27-31.
  4. Hamilton, A., Goeders, N. (2010). Violence perpetrated by women who use methampethamine. Journal of Substance Use, 15 (5), 313–329.
  5. Heslin, K.C., Hamilton, A.B., Singzon, T.K., Smith, J.L., Anderson, N.L. (2011). Alternative families in recovery: Fictive kin relationships among residents of sober living homes. Qualitative Health Research, 21, 477-488.
  6. MacGregor, C., Hamilton, A.B., Oishi, S., Yano, E. (2011). Description, development, and philosophies of mental health service delivery for female veterans in VA: A qualitative study. Women’s Health Issues, 21-4S (Supplement on Health and Health Care of Women Veterans and Women in the Military: Research Informing Evidence-Based Practice and Policy), S138-S144.
  7. Hamilton, A.B., Poza, I., Washington, D. (2011). “Homelessness and trauma go hand-in-hand”: Pathways to homelessness among women Veterans. Women’s Health Issues, 21-4S (Supplement on Health and Health Care of Women Veterans and Women in the Military: Research Informing Evidence-based Practice and Policy), S203-S209.
  8. Wyatt, G.E., Hamilton, A.B., Myers, H.F., Ullman, J.B., Sumner, L.A., Loeb, T.B., Carmona, J.V., Chin, D., Zhang, M., Liu, H. (2011). Violence prevention among HIV-positive women with histories of violence: healing women in their communities. Women’s Health Issues, 21-6S (Supplement on Bringing Gender Home: Implementing a Gender-Responsive HIV/AIDS Program for U.S. Women and Girls), S255-S260.
  9. Hamilton, A. (2012). The vital conjuncture of methamphetamine-involved pregnancy: Objective risks and subjective realities. In Responsible Reproduction? Social and Biomedical Constructions of Reproductive Risk, Lauren Fordyce & Aminata Maraesa, Editors. Vanderbilt University Press.
  10. Hamilton, A.B., Poza, I., Hines, V., Washington, D. (2012). Barriers to psychosocial services among homeless women veterans. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 12(1) (Special edition on Addiction-related Issues among Active Duty Military, Veterans and Their Families), 52-68.
  11. Niv, N., Cohen, A.N., Hamilton, A., Reist, C., & Young, A.S. (2012). Effectiveness of a psychosocial weight management program for individuals with schizophrenia. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 20 Mar 2012. [Epub ahead of print]
  12. Heslin, K.C., Singzon, T., Aimiuwu, O., Sheridan, D., Hamilton, A. (2012). From personal tragedy to personal challenge: responses to stigma among sober living home residents and operators. Sociology of Health & Illness, 34(3), 379-95.
  13. George, S., Hamilton, A., Baker, R. (2012). How do low-income urban African Americans and Latinos feel about telemedicine? A diffusion of innovation analysis. International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications. Published online 2012 September 10. PMCID: PMC3444862
  14. Cohen, A.N., Chinman, M.J., Hamilton, A.B., Whelan, F., Young, A.S. (2013).  Using patient-facing kiosks to support quality improvement at mental health clinics. Medical Care, 51 Suppl, S13-20.
  15. Heslin, K.C., Singzon, T.K., Farmer, M., Dobalian, A., Tsao, J., Hamilton, A.B.  (2013). Therapy or threat? Inadvertent exposure to alcohol and illicit drug cues in the neighborhoods of sober living homes. Health & Social Care in the Community. Article first published online: 3 April 2013.

Last updated - 04/17/2013

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