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Kathryn Nowotny, Ph.D.


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                    Last Updated On:  March 2018

  • Ph.D., Sociology, Chancellor's Fellow, University of Colorado Boulder, 2016

    Graduate Certificate, Demography, University of Colorado Boulder, 2016

    M.A., Sociology, University of Houston, 2008

  • B.A., Sociology & Anthropology, Summa cum Laude, University of Houston, 2006

  • Sociology

  • Health Disparities, Correctional Health & Health Care, Drug Use & Abuse, Mental Health

  • SOC 103 Social Problems 

    SOC 291 Health & Justice‌

    SOC 480 Health Disparities

    SOC 384 Medical Sociology


Nowotny, Kathryn M. and Anastasiia Kuptsevych-Timmer*. 2018. “Health & Justice: Framing Incarceration as a Social Determinant of Health for Black Men in the United States.” Sociology Compass, e12566: 1-15.

Nowotny, Kathryn M., Alice Cepeda, Tasha Perdue*, Nalini Negi, and Avelardo Valdez. “Risk Environments and Substance Use among Mexican Female Sex Work on the U.S.-Mexico Border.” Journal of Drug Issues, 47(4): 528-542.

Nowotny, Kathryn M., Tasha Purdue*, Alice Cepeda, and Avelardo Valdez. 2017. “Mental Health of Heroin Users with Differing Injection Drug Use Histories: A Non-Treatment Sample of Mexican American Young Adult Men.” Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 181(1): 124-131.

Nowotny, Kathryn M., Richard G. Rogers, and Jason D. Boardman. 2017. “Racial Disparities in Health Conditions among Prison Inmates Compared with the General Population.” Social Science & Medicine - Population Health, 3: 487-496.

Nowotny, Kathryn M. 2017. “Health Care Needs and Service Use among Male Prison Inmates in the United States.” Health & Justice, 5: 9.

Cepeda, Alice, Jennifer L. Baily*, Jessica Frankeberger*, Kathryn M. Nowotny, Guillermina Natera-Rey, and Avelardo Valdez. 2017. “HIV and STI Knowledge, Testing, and Risk among Adult Crack Users in Mexico City: Baseline Findings from a Feasibility Study.” AIDS Care, 29(3): 350-354.


Principal Investigator. University of Miami Provost Summer Research Award: “Use of Health Services Following Release from Prison: A Longitudinal Examination of African American Women.” 2017-2018, $17,000.

Early Career Fellow. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): “The Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Training (CJRT) Program on Substance Use, HIV, and Comorbidities.” National Institutes of Health (NIH) R25 DA037190 (PI: Curt Beckwith), 2016-2018, Miriam Hospital/The Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Co-Principal Investigator. National Science Foundation (NSF): “Doctoral Dissertation Research: Applying a Social Ecological Framework to Inmate Health.” Sociology Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant #1401061 (PI: Joanne Belknap), $11,994, 2014-2015 University of Colorado Boulder.

Principal Investigator. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): “Examining Health Disparities: The Health and Healthcare of Incarcerated Adults.” National Institutes of Health (NIH) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Fellowship F31 DA037645, $105,238, 2014-2017 University of Colorado Boulder.

Early Career Fellow. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): “Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute on Hispanic Drug Abuse.” National Institutes of Health (NIH) R25 DA026401 (PI: Avelardo Valdez), 2012-2014, National Hispanic Science Network and University of Southern California. Principal Investigator: Avelardo Valdez.