Kelly Knight, PhD
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.
2017 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
PhD, 2010 - Graduate Division (Medical Anthropology), University of California, San Francisco
EdM, 1993 - Human Development and Psychology, Harvard University
BA, 1991 - Philosophy, Psychology, Theology, Georgetown University
Honors and Awards
- Bridges Curriculum Teaching Award: Excellence in Innovative Teaching Modalities, UCSF School of Medicine, 2018
- 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
- Beyond a Moment - Reckoning with Our History and Embracing Antiracism in Medicine.
- "Chasing the pain relief, not the high": Experiences managing pain after opioid reductions among patients with HIV and a history of substance use.
- Structural Competency: Curriculum for Medical Students, Residents, and Interprofessional Teams on the Structural Factors That Produce Health Disparities.
- "We Really Help, Taking Care of Each Other": Older Homeless Adults as Caregivers.
- Racial Discrimination in the Life Course of Older Adults Experiencing Homelessness: Results of the HOPE HOME Study
- Reproductive (In)justice - Two Patients with Avoidable Poor Reproductive Outcomes.
- Vulnerable Patients' Psychosocial Experiences in a Group-Based, Integrative Pain Management Program.
- Sources and Impact of Time Pressure on Opioid Management in the Safety-Net.
- “Reflections on the Intersection of Student Activism and Structural Competency Training in a New Medical School Curriculum”
- “The Structural Competency Working Group: Lessons from Iterative, Interdisciplinary Development of a Structural Competency Training Module”
- Patients' and clinicians' perspectives of co-use of cannabis and opioids for chronic non-cancer pain management in primary care.
- Women on the Edge: Opioids, Benzodiazepines, and the Social Anxieties Surrounding Women's Reproduction in the U.S. "Opioid Epidemic".
- Opioid pharmacovigilance: A clinical-social history of the changes in opioid prescribing for patients with co-occurring chronic non-cancer pain and substance use.
- The risks of opioid treatment: Perspectives of primary care practitioners and patients from safety-net clinics.
- Teaching Structure: A Qualitative Evaluation of a Structural Competency Training for Resident Physicians.
- Provider Experiences With the Identification, Management, and Treatment of Co-occurring Chronic Noncancer Pain and Substance Use in the Safety Net.
- 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.
- addicted.pregnant.poor. Duke University Press
- Risk factors for stimulant use among homeless and unstably housed adult women.
- Syndemic vulnerability, sexual and injection risk behaviors, and HIV continuum of care outcomes in HIV-positive injection drug users.
- Recent violence in a community-based sample of homeless and unstably housed women with high levels of psychiatric comorbidity.
- A roadmap for adapting an evidence-based HIV prevention intervention: personal cognitive counseling (PCC) for episodic substance-using men who have sex with men.
- Single room occupancy (SRO) hotels as mental health risk environments among impoverished women: the intersection of policy, drug use, trauma, and urban space.
- Agents of change: peer mentorship as HIV prevention among HIV-positive injection drug users.
- San Francisco and the Biomedicalization of Poverty
- The public life of sex work: risk, politics, and public health
- HIV intervention for providers study: a randomized controlled trial of a clinician-delivered HIV risk-reduction intervention for HIV-positive people.
- Predictors of sharing injection equipment by HIV-seropositive injection drug users.
- Predictors of current housing status among HIV-seropositive injection drug users (IDUs): results from a 1-year study.
- Factors associated with antiretroviral therapy adherence and medication errors among HIV-infected injection drug users.
- Intimate partner violence perpetration against main female partners among HIV-positive male injection drug users.
- 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.
- Sexual transmission risk behavior reported among behaviorally bisexual HIV-positive injection drug-using men.
- Unprotected sexual behavior among heterosexual HIV-positive injection drug using men: associations by partner type and partner serostatus.
- Split Ends: Masculinity, sexuality and emotional intimacy among HIV-positive heterosexual men. Men and Masculinities 8:309-320
- "You cannot do nothing in this damn place": sex and intimacy among couples with an incarcerated male partner.
- Sexual risk taking among HIV-positive injection drug users: contexts, characteristics, and implications for prevention.
- The Health Care Experience of HIV Positive Injection Drug Users. Journal of Multicultural Nursing and Health, 11(1): 23-30
- With a little help from my friends: community affiliation and social support among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men
- The life priorities of HIV-seropositive injection drug users: findings from a community-based sample.
- Drug users talk about HIV testing: motivating and deterring factors.
- "I don't know when it might pop up": understanding repeat HIV testing and perceptions of HIV among drug users.
- Voices from the field: providers discuss HIV counseling and testing programs for drug users.
- This is my story: a descriptive analysis of a peer education HIV/STD risk reduction program for women living in housing developments.
- Managing HIV among serodiscordant heterosexual couples: serostatus, stigma and sex.
- 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
- Involuntary verses voluntary detoxification from methadone maintenance treatment: the importance of choice. Addiction Research 3(4): 351-362
- Methadone maintenance: treatment as harm reduction, defunding as harm maximization. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 28(3)
- Violence: a barrier to methadone maintenance treatment for women injection drug users. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 16(5): 143-164