Kimberly Kirby

  • 2446 Citations
  • 28 h-Index
1981 …2019
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Research interests

Research Expertise:
Applied Behavior Analysis | Substance Use Disorders | Addiction & the Family 

I study the use of behavior analysis principles in treating Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) to find ways to encourage their use in treatment programs, and to help family members influence a loved one with a SUD. I also research technology- assisted tools to administer efficacious treatments. Recent grant work includes a NIH Center developing tools to assist parents of youth with SUDs and developing training for parents to help opiate-addicted youth leaving residential treatment.

Honors and Awards:
2010 Caron Foundation Research Award
2015 Distinguished Alumni Award in Applied Behavioral Science, University of Kansas

Member of:
American Psychological Association, Division 25; Fellow of Division 28 & 50 ( 
International Association for Behavior Analysis (
College on Problems of Drug Dependence (

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, doctorate

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Projects 2015 2017

Research Output 1981 2019

Parental identification and response to adolescent substance use and substance use disorders

Curtis, B., Ashford, R., Rosenbach, S., Stern, M. & Kirby, K., Mar 4 2019, In : Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. 26, 2, p. 175-183 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Substance-Related Disorders
6 Citations (Scopus)

Analyzing components of Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT): Is treatment entry training sufficient?

Kirby, K., Benishek, L. A., Kerwin, M. L., Dugosh, K. L., Carpenedo, C. M., Bresani, E., Haugh, J., Washio, Y. & Meyers, R. J., Nov 1 2017, In : Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 31, 7, p. 818-827 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Reinforcement (Psychology)
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Randomized Controlled Trials
9 Citations (Scopus)

Incentive-based intervention to maintain breastfeeding among low-income Puerto Rican mothers

Washio, Y., Humphreys, M., Colchado, E., Sierra-Ortiz, M., Zhang, Z., Collins, B. N., Kilby, L. M., Chapman, D. J., Higgins, S. T. & Kirby, K. C., Mar 2017, In : Pediatrics. 139, 3, e20163119.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Breast Feeding
Hispanic Americans
Postpartum Period
4 Citations (Scopus)

Characteristics of Low-income Racial/Ethnic Minority Pregnant Women Screening Positive for Alcohol Risk

Washio, Y., Mericle, A. A., Cassey, H., Daubert, A. M. & Kirby, K., Aug 1 2016, In : Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 18, 4, p. 850-855 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pregnant Women
Street Drugs
1 Citation (Scopus)

Contingency management works, clients like it, and it is cost-effective

Kirby, K. C., Benishek, L. A. & Tabit, M. B., May 3 2016, In : American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. 42, 3, p. 250-253 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Costs and Cost Analysis