Carrie Oser

  • Professor of Sociology
  • Associate Department Chair
  • Health, Society and Populations
  • Sociology
1531 Patterson Office Tower
859-257-6890, 859-323-3792
Research Interests:
Education

Ph.D., University of Georgia

Biography

Carrie B. Oser is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Sociology. She has an appointment in the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (http://cdar.uky.edu/) and the College of Medicine’s Department of Behavioral Science at the University of Kentucky. She previously served as the Co-Director of the “Health, Society, & Populations” (HSP) program during the initial three years. HSP is an undergraduate major that bridges disciplines to study the global, cultural, and social distribution of disease from a liberal arts perspective (http://health.as.uky.edu). In 2015, Dr. Oser received the American Sociological Association’s Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco section’s Senior Scholar Award and regularly serves on NIH grant review panels.  Her research focuses on vulnerable populations of persons who use drugs (PWUDs) (e.g., rural residents, Black Americans, and individuals under criminal justice supervision) examining topics of health service utilization, health disparities, HIV risk behaviors/interventions, implementation science, social networks, and the socio-cultural context.

Research

Dr. Oser has been continuously funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) since joining the Sociology Department in 2006.  As Principal Investigator, her recent projects include a K02 mid-career development award exploring social networks and prevention interventions for marginalized populations (K02DA35116) and an R03 examining the social network correlates of the opioid treatment continuum of care for rural persons after release from prison (R03DA043377).  She is a Co-Investigator on the JJ-TRIALS (http://www.drugabuse.gov/justice-system-research-initiatives) research collaborative in which seven research centers are developing and testing implementation strategies  to improve the continuum of substance abuse and HIV prevention and treatment services delivered to youth under juvenile justice supervision (U01DA036158, PI: Leukefeld). Dr. Oser is also a Co-Investigator on WISH, an R01 study, is examining the effectiveness of motivational interviewing in reducing HIV risk behaviors among rural women in jail (R01DA033836, PI: Staton). She is a Co-Investigator on a recently awarded R01 project to analyze patterns of doctor shopping for prescription opioids using two-mode (i.e., affiliation) social network analyses with a large health claims database (R01DA039928, PI: Perry) and a UG3 project using community/academic partnerships to build effective, evidence-based, community-grounded public health responses to combat the opioid epidemic (UG3DA044798, MPIs: Young & Cooper).

Dr. Oser was the PI on a NIDA supported R01 project designed to understand how drug use and criminality are related to health disparities, particularly HIV, and service utilization among African American drug using and non-drug using women across criminal justice status (i.e., prison, probation, and non-offenders in the community) (R01DA022967). She has published over 100 articles in books and peer-reviewed journals such as Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Crime and Delinquency, American Journal of Public Health, and AIDS Care

Teaching & Mentoring

Dr. Oser teaches a variety of criminology courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  She co-developed a course based on the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program pedagogy (http://www.insideoutcenter.org/).  This course brings together 16 UK undergraduate students (i.e., “outside students) with 16 persons who are incarcerated (i.e., “inside students”) to study as peers in a college class behind prison walls. The goal of this course is to examine the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs through the lens of sociological analysis with a specific focus on policy and treatment. In addition, she has served as a mentor to numerous graduate students, post-doctoral candidates, and junior faculty members, several of which have been supported on NIH fellowships. Dr. Oser was the 2016 receipent of the Outsanding Graduate Student Mentoring Award from the College of Arts & Sciences as well as the 2015 Mentor Recognition Award from the CCTS. 

Selected Publications: 

Oser, C., Pullen, E., Stevens-Watkins, D., Perry, B., Staton-Tindall, M., Havens, J., & Leukefeld, C.  (2017).  African American women and sexually transmitted infections: The perception of the contextual influence of unbalanced sex ratios and individual risk behaviors.  Journal of Drug Issues, 47(4), 54-561.

 

Oser, C., Bunting, A., Pullen, E., & Stevens-Watkins, D.  (2016).  African American female offender’s use of alternative and traditional health services after re-entry: Examining the behavioral model for vulnerable populations. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, 27, 120-148. PMC4855295. 

 

Oser, C., & Harp, K.L.H.  (2015). Treatment outcomes for prescription drug misusers: The negative effect of client residence and treatment location geographic discordance. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 48(1), 1-18. PMID25200740.

 

Belenko, S., Dembo, R., Copenhaver, M., Hiller, M., Swan, H., Albizu-Garcia, C., O’Connell, D., Oser, C., Pearson, F., & Pankow, J. (2016).  HIV stigma in prisons and jails: Results from a staff survey. AIDS and Behavior, 20(1), 71-84.  PMID 26036464.

 

Luke, D., & Oser, C. (2015). Ebony and Ivory?: Interracial dating intentions and behaviors of African American women.  Social Science Research, 53, 338-350. PMC4509521.

 

Staton-Tindall, M., Harp, K.L.H., Minieri, A., Oser, C.B., Webster, J.M., Havens, J.R., & Leukefeld, C.G.  (2015). An exploratory study of mental health and HIV risk behavior among drug-using rural women in jail.  Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 38(1), 45-54. PMID25799305.

 

Pullen, E., & Oser, C. (2014).  Barriers to substance abuse treatment in rural and urban communities: A counselor perspectives. Substance Use & Misuse, 49(7), 891-901. PMC3995852.

 

Knudsen, H., Staton-Tindall, M., Oser, C., Havens, J., & Leukefeld, C.  (2014). Reducing risky relationships: A multi-site trial of a prison-based intervention for reducing HIV sexual risk behaviors among women with a history of drug use. AIDS Care, 26(9), 1071-1079. PMC4065193.

 

Pullen, E., Perry, B., & Oser, C. (2014).  African American women's preventative care usage: The role of social support and racial experiences and attitudes.  Sociology of Health and Illness, 36(7), 1037-1053.  PMC4146693.

 

Oser, C., Pullen, E., Biebel, E., & Harp, K.  (2013).  Causes, consequences, and prevention of burnout among substance abuse treatment counselors: A rural versus urban comparison. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 45(1), 17-27. PMC3652635.

 

Havens, J., Lofwall, M., Frost, S., Oser, C., Crosby, R., & Leukefeld, C.  (2013).  Factors associated with prevalent Hepatitis C infection among rural Appalachian injection drug users.  American Journal of Public Health, 103(1), 44-52. PMC3518360.

 

Jonas, A., Young, A., Oser, C., Leukefeld, C., & Havens, J (2012).  OxyContin® as currency: OxyContin® use and increased social capital among rural Appalachian drug users.  Social Science & Medicine, 74(10), 1602-1609.  PMC3331592.

 

Stevens-Watkins, D., Perry, B., Harp, K., & Oser, C.  (2012). Racism and illicit drug use among African American women: The protective effects of ethnic identity, affirmation, and behavior.  Journal of Black Psychology, 38(4), 471-496. PMC3904443.

 

Oser, C., Harp, K., O’Connell, D., Martin, S., & Leukefeld, C.  (2012).  Correlates of participation in self-help groups as well as voluntary and mandated substance abuse treatment among rural and urban probationers.  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 42(1), 95-101. PMC3218255.

 

Havens, J., Oser, C., Knudsen, H., Lofwall, M., Stoops, W., Walsh, S., Leukefeld, C., & Kral, A. (2011).  Individual and network factors associated with non-fatal overdose among rural Appalachian drug users.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 115(1-2), 107-112. PMC3056907.

 

Oser, C., Leukefeld, C., Staton-Tindall, M., *Duvall, J., Garrity, T., Stoops, W., Falck, R., Wang, J., Carlson, R., Sexton, R., Wright, P., & Booth, B.  (2011).  Criminality among rural stimulant users in the United States.  Crime and Delinquency, 57(4), 600-621. PMC3115620. 

 

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