Faculty ProfilesKelly Knight, PhD
M_Anthro, History, Social Med
3333 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
Research Interests: The social construction and experience of addiction; Co-morbidity (HIV, substance abuse, mental illness), homelessness, and US urban health; Chronic non-cancer pain, clinical uncertainty, and scientific evidence; Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bi-polar disorder, and the US welfare state; Gender, reproduction, motherhood and citizenship.
Education and Training
|Location||Degree or Training||Specialty||Date|
|University of California, San Francisco||Ph.D.||Graduate Division (Medical Anthropology)||2010|
|Harvard University||EdM||Human Development and Psychology||1993|
Awards and Honors
Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness Book Award, British Sociological Association, 2016
Honorable Mention, Eileen Basker Memorial Prize, Society for Medical Anthropology, 2016
Finalist (5/94), C. Wright Mills Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2015
Chancellor’s Graduate Research Fellowship, UCSF, 2008
Related Web Sites
- Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine
- Berkeley Center for Social Medicine
In the News
- Opioids mean relief - and humiliation - for these pain patients (Sep 18, 2017)
- KPFA Interview: Addicted, Pregnant, and Exploited (Nov 23, 2015)
- SMA Photo Essay: Anthropology on the Ground (Nov 09, 2015)
Recent Articles (38)
Knight KR, Kushel M, Chang JS, Zamora K, Ceasar R, Hurstak E, Miaskowski C. Opioid pharmacovigilance: A clinical-social history of the changes in opioid prescribing for patients with co-occurring chronic non-cancer pain and substance use. Soc Sci Med. 2017 Aug; 186:87-95.
Hurstak EE, Kushel M, Chang J, Ceasar R, Zamora K, Miaskowski C, Knight K. The risks of opioid treatment: Perspectives of primary care practitioners and patients from safety-net clinics. Subst Abus. 2017 Apr-Jun; 38(2):213-221.
Neff J, Knight KR, Satterwhite S, Nelson N, Matthews J, Holmes SM. Teaching Structure: A Qualitative Evaluation of a Structural Competency Training for Resident Physicians. J Gen Intern Med. 2017 Apr; 32(4):430-433.
Chang JS, Kushel M, Miaskowski C, Ceasar R, Zamora K, Hurstak E, Knight KR. Provider Experiences With the Identification, Management, and Treatment of Co-occurring Chronic Noncancer Pain and Substance Use in the Safety Net. Subst Use Misuse. 2017 Jan 28; 52(2):251-255.
Ceasar R, Chang J, Zamora K, Hurstak E, Kushel M, Miaskowski C, Knight K. Primary care providers' experiences with urine toxicology tests to manage prescription opioid misuse and substance use among chronic noncancer pain patients in safety net health care settings. Subst Abus. 2016; 37(1):154-60.
Knight, KR. addicted.pregnant.poor. Duke University Press. 2015; p.296.
Mizuno Y, Purcell DW, Knowlton AR, Wilkinson JD, Gourevitch MN, Knight KR. Syndemic vulnerability, sexual and injection risk behaviors, and HIV continuum of care outcomes in HIV-positive injection drug users. AIDS Behav. 2015 Apr; 19(4):684-93.
Riley ED, Cohen J, Knight KR, Decker A, Marson K, Shumway M. Recent violence in a community-based sample of homeless and unstably housed women with high levels of psychiatric comorbidity. Am J Public Health. 2014 Sep; 104(9):1657-63.
Knight KR, Das M, DeMicco E, Raiford JL, Matheson T, Shook A, Antunez E, Santos GM, Dadasovich R, Dilley JW, Colfax GN, Herbst JH. A roadmap for adapting an evidence-based HIV prevention intervention: personal cognitive counseling (PCC) for episodic substance-using men who have sex with men. Prev Sci. 2014 Jun; 15(3):364-75.
Knight KR, Lopez AM, Comfort M, Shumway M, Cohen J, Riley ED. Single room occupancy (SRO) hotels as mental health risk environments among impoverished women: the intersection of policy, drug use, trauma, and urban space. Int J Drug Policy. 2014 May; 25(3):556-61.
Mackenzie S, Pearson C, Frye V, Gómez CA, Latka MH, Purcell DW, Knowlton AR, Metsch LR, Tobin KE, Valverde EE, Knight KR. Agents of change: peer mentorship as HIV prevention among HIV-positive injection drug users. Subst Use Misuse. 2012 Apr; 47(5):522-34.
Knight, KR. The public life of sex work: risk, politics, and public health. Western Humanities Review. 2012; (Fall):55-76.
Knight, KR. San Francisco and the Biomedicalization of Poverty. American Ethnological Society Section. Anthropology News. 2012; 9(53):24.
Rose CD, Courtenay-Quirk C, Knight K, Shade SB, Vittinghoff E, Gomez C, Lum PJ, Bacon O, Colfax G. HIV intervention for providers study: a randomized controlled trial of a clinician-delivered HIV risk-reduction intervention for HIV-positive people. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2010 Dec 15; 55(5):572-81.
Latkin CA, Buchanan AS, Metsch LR, Knight K, Latka MH, Mizuno Y, Knowlton AR. Predictors of sharing injection equipment by HIV-seropositive injection drug users. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2008 Dec 01; 49(4):447-50.
Mizuno Y, Purcell DW, Zhang J, Knowlton AR, De Varona M, Arnsten JH, Knight KR. Predictors of current housing status among HIV-seropositive injection drug users (IDUs): results from a 1-year study. AIDS Behav. 2009 Feb; 13(1):165-72.
Arnsten JH, Li X, Mizuno Y, Knowlton AR, Gourevitch MN, Handley K, Knight KR, Metsch LR. Factors associated with antiretroviral therapy adherence and medication errors among HIV-infected injection drug users. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2007 Nov 01; 46 Suppl 2:S64-71.
Knight KR, Shade SB, Purcell DW, Rose CD, Metsch LR, Latka MH, Latkin CA, Gómez CA. Sexual transmission risk behavior reported among behaviorally bisexual HIV-positive injection drug-using men. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2007 Nov 01; 46 Suppl 2:S80-7.
Purcell DW, Latka MH, Metsch LR, Latkin CA, Gómez CA, Mizuno Y, Arnsten JH, Wilkinson JD, Knight KR, Knowlton AR, Santibanez S, Tobin KE, Rose CD, Valverde EE, Gourevitch MN, Eldred L, Borkowf CB. Results from a randomized controlled trial of a peer-mentoring intervention to reduce HIV transmission and increase access to care and adherence to HIV medications among HIV-seropositive injection drug users. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2007 Nov 01; 46 Suppl 2:S35-47.
Frye V, Latka MH, Wu Y, Valverde EE, Knowlton AR, Knight KR, Arnsten JH, O'Leary A. Intimate partner violence perpetration against main female partners among HIV-positive male injection drug users. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2007 Nov 01; 46 Suppl 2:S101-9.
Purcell DW, Mizuno Y, Metsch LR, Garfein R, Tobin K, Knight K, Latka MH. Unprotected sexual behavior among heterosexual HIV-positive injection drug using men: associations by partner type and partner serostatus. J Urban Health. 2006 Jul; 83(4):656-68.
Missildine, W., Parsons, J.T., Knight, KR. Split Ends: Masculinity, sexuality and emotional intimacy among HIV-positive heterosexual men. Men and Masculinities 8:309-320. 2006.
Comfort M, Grinstead O, McCartney K, Bourgois P, Knight K. "You cannot do nothing in this damn place": sex and intimacy among couples with an incarcerated male partner. J Sex Res. 2005 Feb; 42(1):3-12.
Knight KR, Purcell D, Dawson-Rose C, Halkitis PN, Gomez CA. Sexual risk taking among HIV-positive injection drug users: contexts, characteristics, and implications for prevention. AIDS Educ Prev. 2005 Feb; 17(1 Suppl A):76-88.
Knight, KR.. With a little help from my friends: community affiliation and social support among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men. HIV + sex: The psychological and interpersonal dynamics of HIV-seropositive gay and bisexual men's relationships. Halkitis, P.N., Gomez, C., & Wolitski, R. APA Press. 2005.
Dawson Rose, C.S., Shade, S.B., Lum, P.J., Knight, K.R., Purcell, D.P., & Parsons, J. . The Health Care Experience of HIV Positive Injection Drug Users. Journal of Multicultural Nursing and Health, 11(1): 23-30. 2005.
Downing M, Knight KR, Vernon KA, Seigel S, Ajaniku I, Acosta PS, Thomas L, Porter S. This is my story: a descriptive analysis of a peer education HIV/STD risk reduction program for women living in housing developments. AIDS Educ Prev. 1999 Jun; 11(3):243-61.
Knight, K.R.; Rosenbaum, M.; Kelley, M.S.; Irwin, J.; Washburn, A.; Wenger, L. . Defunding the poor: the impact of lost access to subsidized methadone maintenance treatment on women injection drug users. Journal of Drug Issues. 26(4): 923-942. 1996.
Kelley, M.S.; Rosenbaum, M.; Knight, K.R.; Irwin, J.; Washburn, A. . Violence: a barrier to methadone maintenance treatment for women injection drug users. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 16(5): 143-164. 1996.
Rosenbaum, M.; Washburn, A.; Knight, K.R.; Kelley, M.S.; Irwin, J. Methadone maintenance: treatment as harm reduction, defunding as harm maximization. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 28(3). 1996.
Knight, K.R.; Rosenbaum, M.; Irwin, J.; Kelley, M.S.; Wenger, L.; Washburn, A. . Involuntary verses voluntary detoxification from methadone maintenance treatment: the importance of choice. Addiction Research 3(4): 351-362. 1996.