Graduated from the UK doctoral program: 2019
Area of research interest: My primary goal is to advance research on substance use, with a further focus on translational projects that can improve treatment and other interventions. This places my goals clearly at the intersection between public health and social work, allowing me to branch into the relationship between substance use problems, interventions, crime and violence, and health disparities. To achieve my research goals, I examine overlapping problems with substance use in four key areas: (1) examining disparities in overall behavioral health, including substance use among under-served populations; (2) how barriers to treatment access affects under-served populations; (3) the roles of forensic social work with behavioral health problems in the criminal justice system; and (4) the many policy implications of findings from my research so that a greater connection might be made between research and intervention policies.
Dissertation chair: Dr. Flaherty
Mentor: Dr. Flaherty; Dr. Cerel
Working title of dissertation: Examining the Drugs/Violence Nexus among Incarcerated Rural Women.
I am a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Kentucky.
Kheibari, A., Victor, G., Gutti, S.S., Gutti, S.N., Rao, S., Kitzman, P., Dignan, M. (2018) Smoking and Stroke in Appalachian Kentucky. Journal of Neurology and Neurobiology, 1(1), 1-4. doi:10.31487/j.NNB.2018.10.006
Walker, R., Clark, J., Monahan, E., Shechet, A., Kheibari, A., Victor, G. (2018). Developmental impairments in moral competence as mitigation in capital cases. Journal of Behavioral Science and Law, 36(4). doi:10.1002/bsl.2353
Victor, G., Kheibari, A., Staton-Tindall, M., Oser, C. (2017). Examining Appalachian women’s utilization of substance abuse treatment: An application of Vulnerable Behavioral Model for Health Services. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 18 (2). doi:10.1080/1533256X.2018.1450264
Victor, G. A., Walker, R., Cole, J., & Logan, T. K. (2017). Opioid analgesics and heroin: Examining drug misuse trends among a sample of drug treatment clients in Kentucky. International Journal of Drug Policy, 461-6. doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.01.008
Snell-Rood, C., Staton-Tindall, M., & Victor, G. (2016). Incarcerated women’s relationship-based strategies to avoid drug use after community re-entry. Women & Health, 56(7), 843-858. doi:10.1080/03630242.2015.1118732
- University of Kentucky Pilot Grant Research Award, Victor (PI) 5/1/2018-5/1/2019 Examining the lived experiences of the opioid crisis: A phenomenological approach to understanding heroin-initiation among opioid analgesic misusers This project uses qualitative methods to examine the underlying circumstance, reasoning, and context of heroin initiation among individuals with a history of opioid analgesic (OA) misuse. This study will use Amazon’s online crowdsourcing platform Mechanical Turk (mTurk) for effective and efficient sampling of substance-using participants from varying geographic regions and socio-demographic backgrounds, $3,000. Role: Principal Investigator
- COPS-AHTF-APPLICATION-2017 Kentucky State Police (PI) 01/01/2018-01/01/2020 COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force Program Kentucky State Police will take on a new data driven approach for enforcement and public education including awareness, prevention and treatment. Three new criminal intelligence analysts, funded by this grant, will collaborate with one another based on their area of focus to produce reports on current trends, statistics and predictions concerning opioids and heroin and their effects on the state of KY as a whole, $842,366. Role: Consultant
- COPS-CAMP-APPLICATION-2017 Kentucky State Police (PI) 01/01/2018-01/01/2020 COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Task Force Program Kentucky State Police will take on a new data driven approach for enforcement and public education including awareness, prevention and treatment. Three new criminal intelligence analysts, funded by this grant, will collaborate with one another based on their area of focus to produce reports on current trends, statistics and predictions concerning opioids and heroin and their effects on the state of KY as a whole, $1,430,943. Role: Consultant
- Presenter: 21st Century Drugs: Examining synthetic cannabinoid use among adolescents in drug treatment programs in Kentucky, Society for Social Work Research, January 19, 2018, Washington D. C. • Presenter: A statewide alternative sentencing program: Description, outcomes, and return on investment, National Organization of Forensic Social Work Annual Conference, June 14, 2018, New Orleans, LA.
- Co-Presenter: Existential terror, social injustice and the death penalty, Paper Presentation, American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 16, 2017, Philadelphia, PA.
- Presenter: Applying the Behavioral Model for Vulnerable Populations: Correlates of substance use treatment utilization among Appalachian women, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, June 13, 2017, Montreal, Quebec.
- Presenter: Opioid analgesics and heroin: Examining drug abuse trends among drug treatment clients in Kentucky, American Association for the Advancement of Science (Journal of Science), February 18, 2017, Boston, MA. *Awarded Best Student Poster
- Presenter: Opioid analgesics and heroin: Examining drug abuse trends among drug treatment clients in Kentucky, American Association of Behavioral Social Science, February 26, 2017, Las Vegas, NV. • Presenter: Examining independent correlates of injection drug use among incarcerated rural women, National Organization of Forensic Social Work, June 16, 2016, New Orleans, LA.
- Co-Presenter: The role of Terror Management Theory and social injustice in capital punishment, National Organization of Forensic Social Work, June 17, 2016, New Orleans, LA.
- Co-Presenter: The Resilient Social Worker and Spiritual Assessment, National Association of Social Workers, Kentucky Chapter, Annual Meeting, August 28, 2014, Lexington, KY.
MSW, University of Kentucky