PhD University of Kentucky College of Social Work (2004)
MSW University of Kentucky College of Social Work (1998)
Dr. Michele Staton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science, and a Faculty Associate of the UK Center on Drug and Alcohol Research. Dr. Staton’s research focuses primarily on substance users in the criminal justice system in rural communities, with a specific focus on high-risk related health consequences including HIV and HCV. Her research activities in 2018 included serving as a Principal Investigator on 3 NIH funded projects including an active R01 and two newly funded R34s. One new project focuses on adapting and feasibility testing an evidence-based HIV prevention intervention for a Facebook platform for rural women re-entering the community from jail. The second project examines the use of extended-release naltrexone (Vivitrol®) with women transitioning from jail to community supervision in rural Appalachia. She also served as a Co-Investigator on five NIH studies during 2018. As a social worker, Dr. Staton also works closely with a number of state treatment agencies to conduct evaluations for federally funded projects through agencies including SAMHSA and ACF. During 2018, she received new funding for two SAMHSA evaluations, and is the PI for six on-going evaluation projects. She also serves as the PI for a state contract with the Kentucky Department of Corrections to evaluate corrections-based substance abuse programs across the state. Scholarship for 2018 also included 12 manuscripts accepted or in print, and 10 manuscripts currently under review. She also served as the primary or co-author on 12 presentations at national meetings. Dr. Staton-Tindall’s instructional activities during 2018 included co-teaching BSC 732, Interdisciplinary Protocol Development in the Department during the spring and fall semesters. Additional instructional activities included student mentorship, including involving students in 7 research manuscripts and presentations at 6 national conferences. During 2018, she also participated on 6 doctoral student dissertation committees. Service activities for 2018 included serving on the Admissions Committee for the Behavioral Science CCTS curriculum including PhD, Masters, and Certificate programs. She also served on the University IRB as both a scientific member and a prisoner representative. In addition, she also served as a NIH grant reviewer, a newly appointed editorial board member of the Journal on Rural Mental Health, a review board member for the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, and the Chair of the College on Problems in Drug Dependence Human Subjects Protections sub-committee. She also serves on the Research Advisory Group for the Center for Excellence in Rural Health.
Dr. Staton has a primary research interest in the delivery of screening and brief intervention for substance use in non-traditional venues. Dr. Staton is the PI for a newly awarded NIDA grant through the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN). The Kentucky hub is one of 10 Clinical Research Centers funded nationally to expand the capacity of the justice system to respond to the opioid crisis. The Kentucky JCOIN Center is the only national site to focus exclusively on women. She is the PI for another NIDA project focused on the development of a clinical protocol for the delivery of XR-NTX in the transition from jail to rural communities. This project includes a randomized design during community re-entry with on-going treatment in a local community clinic or in the local community supervision office. In addition, she is also the PI for a NIDA project focused on the use of Facebook as a delivery platform for HIV/HCV prevention education. This project involved the adaptation of the NIDA Standard HIV prevention curriculum for delivery on Facebook for rural women during the transition from jail to the community. Dr. Staton and her team are also wrapping up a longitudinal study funded by NIDA study drug abuse, risky sexual behavior, and HIV/HCV among rural women in the Appalachian area of eastern Kentucky. Specifically, the grant incorporates standardized screening approaches to identify high-risk rural women drug users from jails, including injectors, and randomly assigning them to two levels of intervention to reduce drug use and risky sexual behavior. She also serves as the PI for a state contract with the Kentucky Department of Corrections to evaluate corrections-based substance abuse treatment. Dr. Staton has published in the area of women and substance abuse, prison-based treatment, health service use among incarcerated women, and employment among drug offenders.
Selected publications (past 5 years)
Dickson, M. F., Staton-Tindall, M., Smith, K. E., Leukefeld, C., Webster, J. M., & Oser, C. B. (2016). A Facebook Follow-Up Strategy for Rural Drug-Using Women. The Journal of Rural Health. doi:10.1111/jrh.12198
Staton-Tindall, M., Harp, K.L.H., Winston, E., Webster, J.M., & Pangburn, K. (2015) Factors associated with recidivism among corrections-based treatment participants in rural and urban areas. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 56, 16-22. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2015.03.005
Staton-Tindall, M., Webster, J.M., Oser, C.B., Havens, J.R., & Leukefeld, C.G. (2015). Drug use, hepatitis C, and service availability: Perspectives of incarcerated rural women. Social Work in Public Health, 30(4): 385-396. doi:10.1080/19371918.2015.1021024.
Staton-Tindall, M., Harp, K., Minieri, A., Oser, C., Webster, J.M., Havens, J., & Leukefeld, C. (2015). Mental health and HIV risk behavior among rural women in jails. Psychiatr Rehabil J., 38(1): 45–54. doi:10.1037/prj0000107.
Staton-Tindall, M., Havens, J.R., Webster, J.M., & Leukefeld (2014). METelemedicine: A pilot study with rural alcohol users on community supervision. Journal of Rural Health, 00early view, 1-11. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12076
Webster, J. M., Staton-Tindall, M., Dickson, M. F., Wilson, J. F., & Leukefeld, C. G. (2014). Twelve-month employment intervention outcomes for drug-involved offenders. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 40(3), 200-205. doi: 10.3109/00952990.2013.858722
Minieri, A., Staton-Tindall, M., & Leukefeld, C. Clarke JG, Surratt HL, Frisman LK. (2014). Relationship Power as a Mediator of Intimate Partner Violence and Mental Health Issues among Incarcerated, Substance Using Women. Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 58(3):303-19. doi: 10.1177/0306624X12472017.
Knudsen, H.K., Staton-Tindall, M., Oser, C.B., Havens, J.R., & Leukefeld, C.G. (2013) 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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2013.878779.
Staton-Tindall, M., Duvall, J.D., Stevens-Watkins, D., & Oser, C. (2013). The role of spirituality in the relationship between traumatic life events, mental health, and drug use among African American women. Substance Use and Misuse, 48: 1246-1257. DOI: 10.3109/10826084.2013.799020
Walker, R., Godlaski, T.M., & Staton-Tindall, M. (2013). Spirituality, drugs and alcohol: A philosophical analysis. Substance Use and Misuse, 48: 1233-1245. DOI: 10.3109/10826084.2013.799020
Staton-Tindall, M., Sprang, G., Clark, J.J., Walker, R., & Craig, C. (2013). Caregiver substance misuse and child outcomes: a systematic review. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 13:6-31. DOI: 10.1080/1533256X.2013.752272.
Staton-Tindall, M., Sprang, G., & Straussner, S.L. (2013). Introduction to the Special Issue [Caregiver Substance Use and Child Trauma]. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 13:1-5. DOI: 10.1080/1533256X.2013.752272.
Staton-Tindall, M., Wahler, E., Webster, J.M., Freeman, R., & Leukefeld, C. (2012). Telemedicine-based alcohol services for rural offenders. Psychological Services, 9(3), 298-309. DOI: 10.1037/a0026772
Staton-Tindall, M., Sprang, G., & Clark, J. (2012). Caregiver drug use and arrest as correlates of child trauma exposure. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work. 9:3,265-282. DOI: 10.1080/15433714.2010.494982.
Leukefeld, C., Havens, J.R., Staton-Tindall, M., Oser, C.B., Mooney, J., Hall, M.T., & Knudsen, H. (2012) Ninety day outcomes: A randomized trial of women’s relationships and HIV. AIDS Education and Prevention, 24(4): 339–349. doi:10.1521/aeap.2012.24.4.339.