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Behavioral Science




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Photo of Jennifer HavensJennifer R. Havens, PhD, MPH

(PhD (Epidemiology) Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2004
MPH  Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2001)

333 Waller Ave, Suite 480
Lexington, KY 40536-9824
Phone: (859) 323-6553

Research Description

Dr. Havens is an epidemiologist with an appointment in the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research. Her primary research interests include the epidemiology of prescription opioid abuse in rural Appalachia, the comorbidity of substance and mental disorders, and HIV and other infectious complications of drug use.

2012 Accomplishments

Dr. Havens was the Principal Investigator on two NIH-funded R01s in 2012. The first, entitled “Social Networks and HIV Risk among Rural Drug Users” is entering its fifth year of funding, and the second “Epidemiologic Study of the Effectiveness of an ADF in Reducing Opioid Abuse” was funded in August.  Dr. Havens was also awarded pilot funds from the CCTS for the project “Feasibility of Implementing and HIV Vaccine Initiative among High-Risk Drug Users in Appalachia”. She also served as a co-Investigator on 3 additional NIH-funded grants.  Dr. Havens published eight manuscripts in 2012 (5 as senior author) in highly respected journals such as Addiction, Journal of Adolescent Health, Social Science and Medicine and Drug and Alcohol Dependence. She has three additional manuscripts to be published in 2013 in American Journal of Public Health, AIDS and Behavior and Journal on Studies of Alcohol and Drugs. In 2012, Dr. Havens was once again selected as a Health Disparities Scholar from the NIH Loan Repayment Program. Dr. Havens mentored graduate students from several departments in addition to a post-doctoral fellow and a MD/PhD student. These students were exceedingly productive, as a total of eight manuscripts were submitted. Dr. Havens also and taught the new course “Fundamentals of Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research” and is currently serving as a small group preceptor for the ICM course. Dr. Havens reviewed grants for two NIH special emphasis panels - ZRG1 PSE-P and N44DA-12-5567 and served as an ad hoc reviewer for the Behavioral Genetics and Epidemiology Study Section (BGES) in October.  Dr. Havens reviewed manuscripts for the following journals in 2012:  Academic Pediatrics, Addiction, American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2 reviews), AIDS and Behavior, Annals of Epidemiology, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (4 reviews), American Journal on the Addictions (2 reviews), Drug and Alcohol Dependence (8 reviews), International Journal of Drug Policy, Journal of Addiction, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Journal of Adolescent Health, Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, and Youth and Society.  She also serves on the editorial board at the International Journal of Population ResearchDrug and Alcohol Dependence recognized Dr. Havens as amongst the top 5% of reviewers for 2012. Finally, Dr. Havens served on the Travel Awards Committee for the College on the Problems of Drug Dependence and continued her tenure on the University Appeals Board.

Research Funding

R01 DA024598 (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
Social networks and HIV among rural drug users
Role:  Principal Investigator

R01 DA022967 (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
African American Female Drug Users: HIV, Health Disparities, & Criminality
Role:  Co-Investigator (Oser, PI)

5U01DA016205-04 – National Institute on Drug Abuse
Role:  Co-Investigator (Leukefeld, PI)

Representative Publications

Havens JR, Strathdee SA, Fuller C, Ikeda R, Friedman SR, Des Jarlais DC, Morse P, Bailey S, Kerndt P, Garfein R.  Correlates of Attempted Suicide Among Young Injection Drug Users.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2004; 75(3):  261-69.

Havens JR, Talbert J, Walker R, Leedham C, Burnette C, and Leukefeld CG.  Trends in OxyContin Prescribing among Medicaid Recipients in Kentucky, 1998 – 2002.  Journal of Rural Health 2006; 22(3),276-8.

Havens JR, Walker R, and Leukefeld CG.  Prevalence of Opioid Analgesic Injection among Rural Nonmedical Opioid Analgesic Users.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence; 2007; 87(1): 98-102.

Havens JR, Cornelius LJ, Ricketts EP, Latkin CA, Bishai D, Lloyd JJ, Huettner S and Strathdee SA.  The effect of a case management intervention on drug treatment entry among treatment-seeking injection drug users with and without comorbid antisocial personality disorder.  Journal of Urban Health 2007; 84(2), 267-71.

Havens JR, Oser CB, Leukefeld CG, Webster JM, Martin SS, O’Connell DJ, Surratt HL, and Inciardi JA.  Differences in Prevalence of Prescription Opiate Misuse among Rural and Urban Probationers.  American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse; 2007, 33(2), 309-317.

Havens JR, Oser CB and Leukefeld CG.  Increasing prevalence of prescription opiate misuse over time among rural probationers.  Journal of Opioid Management; 2007, 3(2), 107-112.

Simmons LA and Havens JR.  Comorbid Substance and Mental Disorders among Rural Americans:  Results from the National Comorbidity Survey.  Journal of Affective Disorders 2007; 99(1-3): 265-71.