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Kevin Knight

Professor, Interim Director of the Institute of Behavioral Research Direct: 817.257.6472
B.A. Southern Methodist University, 1985 Psychology and Religion M.A. Southern Methodist University, 1988 Experimental Psychology Ph.D. Texas Christian University, 1991 Experimental Psychology
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Research Interests

Since joining the IBR faculty in 1991, Dr. Kevin Knight’s career has focused on research involving HIV and substance use among justice-involved individuals. He has served as Principal Investigator (PI) on research projects funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Justice, and the National Institute of Corrections. He recently served as the TCU PI on a major NIDA Cooperative Agreement called Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS); a 12-year multi-site project with a focus on testing strategies to improve the implementation of evidence-based practices within criminal justice settings. Dr. Knight also served recently as PI on a multiple PI 6-year project involving a randomized clinical trial of an augmented test, treat, link, and retain model for North Carolina and Texas HIV positive prisoners being released to the community. Currently, as Co-PI on IBR’s 11-year Criminal Justice Disease Risk Reduction Project, he is involved in the development, adaptation, and testing of intervention strategies to reduce disease risk among justice-involved populations. Dr. Knight serves on journal editorial boards, including serving as co-editor of Offender Programs Report, and participates in advisory activities for a variety of organizations that address criminal justice, substance use, and related policy issues. His primary research interests include screening and assessment strategies, targeted and adaptive interventions, and implementation strategies of evidence-based practices within justice-involved organizations.


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Publication reviewer for Offender Programs Report (Editor), Journal of Offender Rehabilitation (Editorial Board), Criminal Justice & Behavior, Criminology & Public Policy, Drug Court Review, Journal of Drug Issues, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Journal of Interpersonal Violence Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Journal of Addiction Medicine, Substance Abuse Treatment Prevention and Policy

Grant reviewer for US DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance, US DOJ National Institute of Justice, US DOJ Office of Justice Programs, NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH Common Fund, NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, and SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

Faculty mentor for the University of Texas Southwestern Clinical Research Scholars program and the University of South Florida’s Department of Mental Health Law and Policy department

Advisor for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Greece’s national KETHEA drug free therapy organization, Southeast European Network of Social Empowerment network, Council of State Governments, National Reentry Resource Center, Illinois Treatment and Safer Communities, Federal Bureau of Prisons, multiple state and county justice agencies, and multiple non-profit treatment providers