PhD University of Kentucky College of Social Work (2004)
MSW University of Kentucky College of Social Work (1998)
Dr. Michele Staton is a 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 justice-involved individuals with substance use disorders in rural communities, with a specific focus on high-risk related health consequences including HIV and HCV. She currently serves as the PI on a number of NIH funded projects including the NIH/NIDA funded Kentucky hub of the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN). As the only JCOIN project focused on women, the study aims to increase utilization of medication to treat opioid use disorder among women during the transition from jail to the community. Other projects focus on adapting and feasibility testing an evidence-based HIV prevention intervention for a Facebook platform for rural women re-entering the community from jail, as well as a study focused on increasing utilization and retention of treatment using extended-release naltrexone (Vivitrol®) with rural offenders transitioning from jail to community supervision. 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. She received two new federally funded 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. Dr. Staton has published in the area of women offenders, substance use disorder treatment, and availability and access to rural treatment. She serves as a mentor for a number of doctoral students and teaches a course on interdisciplinary protocol development in the Department. She also serves on the University IRB as both a scientific member and a prisoner representative, a NIH ad-hoc grant reviewer, an 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 recently stepped down as 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.