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. 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]
  1. 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.
  1. 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
  1. 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.
  1. 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, 21(5), 500-8. PubMed PMID: 23551743
  1. Washington, D.L., Bean-Mayberry, B., Hamilton, A.B., Cordasco, K.M., Yano, E.M. (2013). Women veterans' healthcare delivery preferences and use by military service era: findings from the National Survey of Women Veterans. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 28 Suppl 2, S571-6. PubMed PMID: 23807067; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3695266.
  1. Hamilton, A.B., Frayne, S.M., Cordasco, K.M., Washington, D.L. (2013). Factors related to attrition from VA healthcare use: findings from the National Survey of Women Veterans. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 28 Suppl 2, S510-6. PMID: 23807058
  1. Wyatt, G.E., Gomez, C., Hamilton, A., Valencia-Garcia, D., Gant, L.M., Graham, C.E. (2013). The intersection of gender and ethnicity in HIV risk, interventions, and prevention: new frontiers for psychology. American Psychologist, 68(4), 247-60. PMID: 23688092
  1. Hamilton, A.B., Oishi, S., Yano, E.M., Gammage, C.E., Marshall, N.J., Chou, A., Scheuner, M.T. (2013). Factors influencing adoption and implementation of clinical genetic services. Genetics in Medicine, Aug 15 [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23949572
  1. Hamilton, A.B., Chinman, M., Cohen, A.N., Oberman, R.S., Young, A.S. (2013) Implementation of consumer providers into mental health intensive case management teams. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, Oct 4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24091610  
  1. Hamilton, A.B., Cohen, A.N., Glover, D.L., Whelan, F., Chermerinski, E., McNagny, K.P., Mullins, D., Reist, C., Schubert, M., Young, A.S. (2013). Implementation of evidence-based employment services in specialty mental health. Health Services Research, 48(6 Pt 2), 2224-44. PubMed PMID: 24138608.
  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.
  1. 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, Feb 6. PubMed PMID: 24503778.
  1. 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, Apr 9 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed PMID: 24715392.
  1. 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.

Last updated - 05/05/2014

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