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Carl Leukefeld


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111 Medical Behavioral Science Building


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Biography and Education


Dr. Carl Leukefeld served as chair of BSC from 2002 to 2019. He joined the UK Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR) in 1990 as the only faculty member and is now the Founding Center Director after coming to the University of Kentucky to establish the Center from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.  His scientific interests focus on interventions, OUD, HIV prevention, and criminal justice issues. He has been principal investigator for NIH grants and is currently Co-I on two NIH grants, and PI on two state projects. He has served as a reviewer and consulting editor for seven journals. Dr. Leukefeld currently works with faculty on grant submissions, serves on the department Admissions Committee as well as the department Curriculum Committee, and is Co-Course Director for Global Health. Since 2013 he authored or co-authored sixty-two referred journal articles and book chapters, edited three books, two manuscripts accepted or submitted, seventy-two national presentations, and six international presentations. He continues his mentoring and activities as Visiting Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil.


Catholic University of America, 1975

2016 Accomplishments

Administrative activities continued as Chair, Department of Behavioral Science, as well as the Bell Alcohol and Addictions Endowed Chair. Teaching included department graduate courses BSC 731 Research Methods & Clinical and Translational Science in addition to mentoring students, fellows, faculty and membership on committees. Publications included 8 journal articles, 6 articles accepted or in press, and 7 presentations.  Served as Principal Investigator for the NIH, NIDA JJ-TRIALS Center Grvant titled Kentucky Trials Juvenile Justice Research Center, Principal Investigator for the Targeted Assessment Program state contract, and Co-I on a state contract and a NIH grant. Federal grant and contract peer review activities included NIH and journals. Served on the editorial board of 2 journals. Membership on university committees included UK’s Internal Advisory Group of the Center for Clinical Translational Science. Bell Chair activities focused on advising the UK Bell Consultation Addiction Service activities and the Addictions Brief Interventionist. International activities included a presentation and short course at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil and a platform presentation at the Thirteenth Congress of Psychiatry of the Association of Psychiatry of Rio Grande do Sul, Bento Goncalves, Brazil.





Dr. Leukefeld is Professor of Behavioral Science, Psychiatry, Oral Health Science, Social Work and Public Health; and Chair of the Department of Behavioral Science, with a graduate appointment in Sociology. He came to the University of Kentucky in 1990 to establish the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse where he filled administrative and research positions.  Dr. Leukefeld has published over 200 articles, chapters, books and monographs.  He is a consulting editor for 6 journals.  His research interests include treatment interventions, outcomes, HIV prevention, criminal justice sanctions, health services, and rural populations.

Selected Publications


Garrity, T.F., Leukefeld, C.G., Carlson, R.G., Falck, R.S., Wang, J., Booth, B.M. (2007).  Physical Health, Illicit Drug Use, and Demographic Characteristics in Rural Stimulant Users.  The Journal of Rural Health, 23(2), 99-107.

Oser, C., Staton Tindall, and Leukefeld, C.G. (2007). HIV/AIDS testing in correctional agencies and community treatment programs: The impact of internal organizational structure. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 32, 301-310.

Havens, J.R., Walker, R., and Leukefeld, C.G. (2007). Prevalence of Opioid Analgesic Injection among Rural Nonmedical Opioid Analgesic Users. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 87(1), 98-102.

Sexton, Rocky L., Carlson, Robert G., Leukefeld, Carl G., and Booth, Brenda M. (2006). Patterns of illicit methamphetamine production (“cooking”) and associated risks in the rural south: An ethnographic exploration. Journal of Drug Issues. 36(4), 853-876.

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

Leukefeld, C.G., Smiley MacDonald, H., Mateyoke-Scrivner, A., Roberto, H., Walker, R., Webster, M., & Garrity, T. (2005). Prescription drug use, health services utilization and health problems in rural Appalachian Kentucky. Journal of Drug Issues, 35(3), 631-644.

Leukefeld, C.G., Pechansky, F., Martin, S.S., Surratt, H.L., Inciardi, J.A., Kessler, F.H., Orsi, M.M., Von Diemen, L., Meyer Da Silva, E. (2005). Tailoring an HIV-prevention intervention for cocaine injectors and crack users in Porto Alegre, Brazil. AIDS Care, 17, S77-S87.

Leukefeld, C.G., Roberto, H., Hiller, M., Webster, M., Logan, TK, & Staton-Tindall, M. (2003). HIV prevention among high-risk and hard-to-reach rural residents. J. of Psychoactive Drugs, 35(4), 427-434.

Leukefeld, C.G., Godlaski, T., Clark, J., Brown, C., & Hays, L. (2002). Structured stories: Reinforcing social skills in rural substance abuse treatment. Health and Social Work, 27(3), 213-217.

Books and Monographs

Logan, T.K., Walker, R.W., Jordan, C., and Leukefeld, C.G. (2005). Victimization, mental health, and substance abuse among women: Contributing factors, interventions, and implications. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Leukefeld, C.G., Tims, F.M., and Farabee, D. (2002)  Clinical and Policy Responses to Drug Offenders.  New York: Springer.

Tims, F.M., Leukefeld, C.G., and Platt, J.J. (Eds.) (2001)  Relapse and Recovery Processes in the Addictions.  New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press.

Leukefeld, C.G., Godlaski, T., Clark, J., Brown, C., and Hays, L. (2000)  Behavioral Therapy for Rural Substance Abusers.  The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.

Daugherty, R.P. and Leukefeld, C.G. (1998)  Preventing Alcohol and Drug Problems Across the Life Span.  Plenum, New York.

Ries, J.B. and Leukefeld, C.G. (1997)  The Research FundingGuidebook: Getting It, Managing It, and Renewing It.  Sage, Newbury Park, California.