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Matthew Webster, Ph.D.Photo of Matthew Webster

(University of Kentucky, 2001)

120 Medical Behavioral Science Building
Phone: (859) 323-6100
e-mail: matt.webster@uky.edu

Research Description

Dr. Webster is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science with an appointment in the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research. His research focuses on substance abusers, their health and related risk behaviors, and the barriers they face to recovery. He has examined these issues in criminal justice, female, and rural populations. His current research examines demographic and psychosocial characteristics of DUI offenders and how they relate to the assessment, treatment, and recidivism of this population.

2012 Accomplishments

Dr. Webster was principal investigator for four extramurally-funded research projects in 2012. The first was a NIDA-funded randomized controlled trial, A Web-based Employment Intervention for Drug Court Participants, which tested the efficacy of an intervention designed to enhance employment skills related to obtaining and maintaining a job for drug-involved offenders. Second, a project funded by SAMHSA through Hope Center, Inc., Targeted Capacity Expansion Program for Substance Abuse Treatment and HIV/AIDS Services, is evaluating the effectiveness of the Wellness and Recovery Management (WARM) program at the Hope Center, which is designed to reduce HIV risk behaviors among homeless men. The final two studies were funded by the Kentucky Division of Behavioral Health. The long-standing Kentucky DUI Project designed and implemented a web-based statewide data collection system for DUI assessment records. More than 150 trainings on this new system were conducted with clinicians across the state.  DUI assessment records are maintained in a large database and analyses are performed to examine the characteristics of DUI offenders and the substance abuse programs that provide services to this population. The DUI Education Delivery Evaluation Study focuses on determining whether outcomes for DUI clients differ as function of the method through which they receive substance abuse education curriculum. Specifically, the study compares outcomes for DUI clients who receive curriculum in person to outcomes for DUI clients who receive curriculum via video telecommunication equipment. Dr. Webster also collaborated as a co-investigator on three other NIH-funded projects: Re-entry Alcohol Services for Rural Offenders (NIAAA; Staton-Tindall, PI); Central States Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Center (NIDA; Leukefeld, PI); Brief Intervention for Drug-using Rural Women at High Risk for HIV/HCV. In addition, Dr. Webster served as lead faculty for the Risk-related Behaviors corefor the Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (NCAT; Kern, PI). This grant activity has led to several submitted and in press publications focused on drug and alcohol abusers including a chapter in the upcoming Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion. In 2012, Dr. Webster gave seven presentations at the local, state, and national level. With regard to education and mentoring, Dr. Webster taught Dependency Behavior (BSC 776) and Introduction to Clinical Medicine I (MD 811), served on seven graduate student dissertation committees, and served as faculty mentor at the CCTS Spring Conference. Service activities included serving as a member of the University Senate, the University Senate Library Committee, and multiple departmental committees. Finally,  Dr. Webster reviewed manuscripts for several scientific journalsand served on one editorial board.

Research Funding

Principal Investigator, Drugged Driving in Alcohol-restricted Rural Appalachia, 2008 - 2010
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Principal Investigator, A Web-based Employment Intervention for Drug Court Participants, 2008 - 2010
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Principal Investigator, Kentucky DUI Project, 2002 - 2009
Kentucky Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Principal Investigator, Kentucky Needs Assessment Project, 2002 - 2008
Kentucky Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Representative Publications

Webster, J. M., Oser, C. B., Mateyoke-Scrivner, A., Depp Cline, V., Havens, J. R., & Leukefeld, C. G. (in press). Drug use and criminal activity among rural probationers with DUI histories. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

Webster, J. M., Pimentel, J. H., Harp, K. L. H., Clark, D. B., & Staton-Tindall, M. (in press). Substance abuse problem severity among rural and urban female DUI offenders. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

Webster, J. M., Pimentel, J. H., & Clark, D. B. (2008). Characteristics of DUI offenders convicted in wet, dry, and moist counties. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 40(3), 976-982.

Webster, J. M., Leukefeld, C., Staton-Tindall, M., Mateyoke-Scrivner, A., & Garrity, T. F. (2007). Factors related to drug abuse treatment history among incarcerated drug abusers. Journal of Correctional Health Care, 13(1), 8-21.

Webster, J. M., Mateyoke-Scrivner, A., Staton-Tindall, M., & Leukefeld, C. (2007). Rurality and criminal history as predictors of HIV risk among drug-involved offenders. Substance Use and Misuse, 42(1), 153-160.

Webster, J. M., Rosen, P. J., Smiley McDonald, H., Staton-Tindall, M., Garrity, T. F., & Leukefeld, C. G. (2007). Mental health as a mediator of gender differences in employment barriers among drug abusers. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 33(2), 259-265.

Webster, J. M., Staton-Tindall, M., Duvall, J. L., Garrity, T. F., & Leukefeld, C. G. (2007). Measuring employment among substance-using offenders. Substance Use and Misuse, 42(7), 1187-1205.

Leukefeld, C. G., Hiller, M. L., Webster, J. M., Staton-Tindall, M., Martin, S. S., Duvall, J., Tolbert, V. E., & Garrity, T. F. (2006). A prospective examination of high-cost health services utilization among drug using prisoners re-entering the community. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 33(1), 73-85.

Webster, J. M., Mateyoke-Scrivner, A., Rosen, P. J., Staton-Tindall, M., Garrity, T. F., & Leukefeld, C. G. (2006). Behavioral health services use among drug-abusing offenders: Additional support for a modified Andersen and Newman framework. Corrections Compendium, 31(4), 1-6.

Webster, J. M., Rosen, P. J., Krietemeyer, J., Mateyoke-Scrivner, A., Staton-Tindall, M., & Leukefeld, C. G. (2006). Gender, mental health, and treatment motivation in a drug court setting. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 38(4), 441-448.

Webster, J. M., Leukefeld, C., Staton, M., Hiller, M. L., Garrity, T. F., & Narevic, E. (2005). Lifetime health services use by male drug-abusing offenders. The Prison Journal, 85(1), 50-64.

Mateyoke-Scrivner, A., Webster, J. M., Staton, M., & Leukefeld, C. (2004). Treatment retention predictors of drug court participants in a rural state. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 30(3), 605-625.

Staton, M., Leukefeld, C., & Webster, J. M. (2003). Substance use, health, and mental health: Problems and service utilization among incarcerated women. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 47(2), 224-239.