Dr. Hannah Knudsen
Dr. Hannah Knudsen

BA, Comparative Sociology, University of Puget Sound; MA Sociology, University of Georgia; PhD, Sociology, University of Georgia

Hannah Knudsen is an associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Science in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and a faculty member in the UK Center on Drug and Alcohol Research. Dr. Knudsen’s research focuses on topics relating to medication for opioid use disorder and implementation science. She has served as Principal Investigator on projects focused on the impact of health reform on buprenorphine treatment, the implementation of smoking cessation services in substance use disorder treatment organizations, the adoption of pharmacotherapies to treat alcohol and opioid use disorders by specialty providers, and the quality of substance use disorder treatment for adolescents.

Knudsen is leading the Implementation Team, which will design a set of implementation strategies to increase the use of evidence-based interventions in opioid use disorder treatment settings, syringe service programs, probation and parole offices and jails. She will lead the development of these implementation strategies, such as protocols to guide facilitators and local change teams in their efforts to expand the use of evidence-based interventions to reach as many people as possible while being attentive to the local context. Knudsen will also work with the team to develop measures of implementation that will capture the impacts of the project over time.

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