Katy Allison, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Katy AllisonProfessional Certifications and Education

Ph.D., UAMS, Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, Little Rock, AR, 2019
M.P.H., UAMS, Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, Little Rock, AR, 2014
B.A., Hendrix College, Conway, AR
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) 2014-present

Research Experience

I am currently supported by the NIDA T32 program as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Under the mentorship of Drs. Geoff Curran and Melissa Zielinski, I am involved in a mixed methods study exploring the mental, physical, and behavioral health, healthcare access, and treatment service utilization of formerly incarcerated women. Additionally, we are studying the process by which a trauma treatment group for survivors of sexual violence has been implemented and sustained at a women’s community corrections center. The goal of this research is to recommend targeted strategies for implementation of trauma treatment in other criminal justice settings as a means to overcome implementation barriers unique to this context.

I am also involved in evaluating the implementation of sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) consultation via telemedicine (i.e. “TeleSANE”) in Arkansas emergency departments through a program funded by the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. I am conducting a qualitative study exploring rural emergency department nurses’ attitudes towards telemedicine and TeleSANE consultation, assessing perceptions of follow-up mental and behavioral healthcare services in rural communities, and exploring perceptions of substance use screening and treatment as part of sexual assault care.

During my doctoral studies, my dissertation research focused on assessing the multilevel influences on the implementation of a comprehensive suicide prevention approach in an emergency department. This study revealed context-specific facilitators and barriers to implementing evidence-based interventions for suicide prevention and informs tailored implementation strategies to promote uptake and sustainability. I plan to expand this research to study access to and implementation of prevention services for those with co-occurring substance use and suicide risk, particularly among survivors of sexual violence.

My research experience has also included participation in a PCORI-funded project in partnership with the transgender and gender non-binary community of Arkansas, focused on identifying their priority health and healthcare concerns and building capacity for community-engaged participatory research. The outcomes of this project led to the development of another PCORI-funded project to engage researchers, healthcare providers, and transgender and gender non-binary community members in establishing a health research collaborative in the South. In partnership with the trans community, we have developed, implemented, and evaluated an interprofessional education workshop for future healthcare professionals that has been implemented in multiple face-to-face and virtual formats.

Research Interests

My primary research interests include leveraging implementation science to study public health approaches to mental health promotion and suicide prevention within unique healthcare and community settings. I am particularly drawn to study approaches for reducing suicide and other adverse mental health outcomes among underserved and marginalized populations, such as those suffering from serious mental illness and addiction, justice-involved individuals, and sexual and gender minorities.

Recent Publications

Zielinski, M. J., Allison, M. K., Roberts, L. T., Karlsson, M. E., Bridges, A. J., & Kirchner, J. E. (2020). “Implementing and sustaining a psychotherapy group for incarcerated women survivors of sexual violence.”  American Journal of Community Psychology, Special Issue titled “Criminal Justice and Community Psychology: Our Values and Our Work.” DOI: 10.1002/ajcp.12461

Zielinski, M. J., Allison, M. K., Brinkley-Rubinstein, L., Curran, G., Zaller, N. D., & Kirchner, J. E. (2020). “Making change happen in criminal justice settings: Leveraging implementation science to improve mental health care.” Health & Justice. 8:21, DOI: 10.1186/s40352-020-00122-6

Marshall, S.A., Driver, N., & Allison, M.K. (2020). “Attitudes Towards Contraception: Focus Groups with Arkansas Teenagers and Parents.” Sex Education. DOI: 10.1080/14681811.2020.1759526

Allison, M.K., Marshall, S.A., Archie, D.S., Neher, T., Stewart, G., Anders, M., & Stewart, M.K. (2019). “Community-engaged Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of an Interprofessional Education Workshop on Gender-Affirming Care.” Transgender Health. 4:1, 280–286, DOI: 10.1089/trgh.2019.0036

Marshall, S.A., Allison, M.K., Stewart, M.K., Thompson, N.D., & Archie, D.S. (2018). “Highest Priority Health and Health Care Concerns of Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals in a Southern State.” Transgender Health, 3(1).

Stewart, M.K., Archie, D., Marshall, S.A., Allison, M.K. & Robinson, C. (2018). “Transform Health Arkansas: A Transgender-Led Partnership Engaging Transgender/Non-Binary Arkansans in Defining Health Research Priorities.” Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 11(4), 427-439. 

Marshall, S.A., Brewington, K.M., Allison, M.K.,Haynes, T.F. & Zaller, N.D. (2017). “Measuring HIV-related Stigma among Healthcare Providers: A Systematic Review.” AIDS Care. DOI:10.1080/09540121.2017.1338654

Marshall, S.A. & Allison, M.K. (2017). “Midwestern Misfits: The Sociocultural Context of Bullying as Experienced by Perceived Sexual and Gender Minority Youth.” Youth & Society. DOI: 10.1177/0044118X17697885

Johnson, P., Mitchell, V., McClure, K., Kellems, M., Marshall, S., Allison, M. K., Lindley, H., Nguyen, H. T., Tackett, J. E., & Duina, A. A. (2015). “A Systematic Mutational Analysis of a Histone H3 Residue in Budding Yeast Provides Insight into Chromatin Dynamics.” G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, 5,741-750.