Michele Staton-Tindall
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2004
(859) 257-2483
  • Substance abuse
  • Criminality
  • Women's issues
  • Behavioral health service utilization
  • Treatment outcomes
  • Rural populations
Michele Staton Tindall, Ph.D., M.S.W., is an Associate Professor in the College of Social Work and a Faculty Associate of the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research and the Center for Trauma and Children.  She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kentucky (1996), her M.S.W. from the University of Kentucky (1998), and her doctorate in Social Work from the University of Kentucky (2004). Dr. Staton-Tindall has a primary research interest in the delivery of screening and brief intervention in non-traditional venues.  In 2012, Dr. Staton-Tindall received R01 funding from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse to study drug abuse, risky sexual behavior, and HIV/HCV among rural women in the Appalachian area of eastern Kentucky.  Specifically, the grant incorporates standardized screening approaches to identify high-risk rural women drug users from jails, including injectors, and randomly assigning them to two levels of intervention to reduce drug use and risky sexual behavior.  Dr. Staton-Tindall also recently completed an R21 trial from NIAAA utilizing brief intervention via telemedicine with rural offenders on community supervision.  In this grant, an intervention was delivered using videoconferencing in the probation/parole office.   She also serves as Co-Investigator on a 11 state cooperative agreement funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) entitled Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJDATS) which focuses on the design, implementation, and testing of interventions for incarcerated substance users during the transition from prison to the community. In addition to these federally funded initiatives, Dr. Staton-Tindall is also the Principal Investigator on project funded by the Kentucky Department of Corrections entitled, “Criminal Justice Kentucky Treatment Outcome Study (CJKTOS)”. This project examines treatment outcomes among prison and jail inmates who receive substance abuse treatment in Kentucky.

Dr. Staton-Tindall has published in the area of women and substance abuse, prison-based treatment, health service use among incarcerated women, and employment among drug offenders. In addition, Dr. Staton-Tindall has contributed regularly at national and international scientific meetings, including presentations at the College on the Problems of Drug Dependence annual meetings and the Society for Social Work and Research annual meetings. She serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for several journals and has been a guest editor of two special issues of Substance Use and Misuse and a recent special issue of the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions on caregiver substance use and child trauma.

Selected publications
  • Staton-Tindall, M., Wahler, E., Webster, J.M., Freeman, R., & Leukefeld, C. (2012).  Telemedicine-based alcohol services for rural offenders.  Psychological Services, 9(3), 298-309. DOI: 10.1037/a0026772
  • Staton-Tindall, M., Sprang, G., & Clark, J. (2012). Caregiver drug use and arrest as correlates of child trauma exposure.  Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work. 9:3,265-282.  DOI: 10.1080/15433714.2010.494982.
  • Staton-Tindall, M., Duvall, J., McNees, E., Walker, R. & Leukefeld, C.  (2011). Outcomes following prison and jail-based treatment among women residing in metro and non-metro communities following release.  Journal of Drug Issues, 41(2), 197-216.
  • Staton-Tindall, M., Frisman, L., Lin, H., Leukefeld, C., Oser, C., Havens, J., Prendergast, M., Surratt, H., & Clarke, J. (2011). Relationship influence and health risk behavior among re-entering women offenders.  Women’s Health Issues, 21-3, 230-238. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2010.10.006.
  • Staton-Tindall, M., McNees, E., Leukefeld, C., Walker, R., Oser, C., Duvall, J., Pangburn, K., & Thompson, L.  (2011).  Treatment utilization among metro and non-metro participants of corrections-based substance abuse programs re-entering the community.  Journal of Social Service Research, 1–11, doi:10.1080/01488376.2011.582019
  • Staton-Tindall, M., Havens, J.R., Oser, C.B., Prendergast, M., & Leukefeld, C.  (2009). Gender-specific factors associated with community substance abuse treatment utilization among incarcerated substance users.  International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology , 53 (4), 401-419.
  • Staton-Tindall, M., McNees, E., Leukefeld, C., Walker, R., Thompson, L., Pangburn, K., & Oser, C. (2009) Systematic outcomes research for corrections-based treatment: Implications from the Criminal Justice Kentucky Treatment Outcome Study.  Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 48(8), 710-724.
  • Staton-Tindall, M., Duvall, J.L., Oser, C.B., Leukefeld, C., & Webster, J.M. (2008) Gender differences in employment among drug court participants: The influence of peer relations and friendship network .  Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 8(4), 530-547.
  • Staton-Tindall, M., Oser, C.B., Duvall, J.L., Havens, J.R., Webster, J.M., Leukefeld, C.G., & Booth, B.M.  (2008).  Gender differences in substance use among rural Kentuckians: The contribution of spirituality and religiosity.  Journal of Drug Issues, 38(3), 863-882.
  • Staton-Tindall, M., Leukefeld, C., Palmer, J., Oser, C., Kaplan, A., Krietemeyer, J., Saum, C., & Surratt, H. (2007). Relationships and HIV risk among incarcerated women. The Prison Journal, 87 (1), 143-165.