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Department of Psychiatry

Department of Psychology

Karen F. Corsi, ScD, MPH
     Karen F. Corsi, ScD, MPH

 

Project Safe
Phone:  303-315-0951
Email:  Dr. Corsi

 Recent Publications

 

Karen F. Corsi, ScD, MPH

Associate Professor


 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS, PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS, AND HONORS

Positions and Employment:

Health Promotion Specialist, United States Peace Corps, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, 1991 – 1993         

Nutrition Education Program Planner/Trainer in Qualitative Methods and Data Analysis, National Institute of Public Health, Cuernavaca and Mexico City, Mexico, 1995                     

Research Assistant, Center for Communications Programs, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, 1995 – 1996         

Research Associate, Northern Manhattan Immunization Project, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, New York, NY, 1997 – 1998         

Study Site Coordinator, Over-the-Counter Syringe Purchase in Five Communities, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University in St. Louis, Denver, CO, 1999 – 2001         

Study Site Coordinator, HIV Serosurveillance Study, Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE), Denver, CO, 1999 –2001           

University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Substance Dependence, 1998 - Present            

    • Senior Professional Research Assistant, 1998 – 2000 
    • Research Associate, 2000 – 2002               
    • Instructor, 2002 – 2003               
    • Assistant Professor, 2003 – Present                       

 

Other Experience and Professional Memberships:

Member, Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), 2001 – 2004   

Member, American Public Health Association (APHA), 2001 – Present  

Member, Delta Omega Public Health Honors Society, 2003 – Present   

Board of Directors, AIDS Coalition for Education (ACE), 2006 – Present  

Member, Center for Global Health, UCDHSC, 2006 – Present     

Associate Member, College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), 2006 – Present     

Member, Colorado Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Behavioral Research Program, 2007 – present      

Reviewer, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 2003                     

Reviewer, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome(JAIDS), 2003

Reviewer, Patient Preference and Adherence (PPA), 2007              

Reviewer, Journal of the International AIDS Society, 2009

 

Honors:

Graduated with Dean’s List honors, Connecticut College, 1990 

Anthropology Prize, Connecticut College, 1990                   

Delta Omega Public Health Honors Society, 2003 

Recipient of Dean’s Academic Enrichment Funding for bridge funding of grant lapses ($50,000), 2009                     

 

Teaching Activities (since 2000):

Lectures and Seminars for Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Residents, Fellow and Peers:

Project Safe 101, presented to medical students, PSCH 8001/8610, Psychiatry Elective, The “Big Six” Substance Dependence Problems, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO, 2001 – Present     

Project Safe 101, presented to Professional Research Assistants at Project Safe, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO, 2001 – Present     

The History of Drug Use and Abuse, presented to Post-Doctoral Fellows in the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO, 2001 – Present     

The History of Drug Use and Abuse presented to Cherry Creek High School as part of the Medical Careers program, Denver, CO, 2001 – Present     

The use of qualitative methods to inform quantitative instruments: lessons from the field, sponsored by Colorado Health Outcomes Program (COHO)/University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the Clinical Research Unit/Kaiser Permanente of Colorado, Aurora, CO, 10/2005                

Human Behavior in Neuroscience Block, University of Colorado School of Medicine, PSCH 6001; Group Leader, 2007 – Present     

Human Behavior in Metabolism Block, University of Colorado School of Medicine, PSCH 6001; Group Leader, 2007 – Present     

Interventions to Reduce Drug Use and HIV Risk among Methamphetamine Users: results from a pilot study.  Sponsored by Colorado Health Outcomes Program (COHO)/University of Colorado Denver and the Clinical Research Unit/Kaiser Permanente of Colorado, Aurora, CO; also presented to the Colorado Foundation for AIDS Research (CFAR), 10/2008                

 

Faculty Mentor:

Tom Starkey, medical student, Psychiatry Scholars Program, University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry, 2005 to Present    

 

Other training:

Trained and supervised Research Assistants in: 1. qualitative data methods and analysis, including focus groups, life history interviews, ratings, diaries, day visits; 2. quantitative data methods, including survey methodology, data collection procedures and analysis; and 3. interventions, including Motivational Interviewing, Case Management, and Risk Reduction, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, 1998- present       

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND PUBLICATIONS

Grants and Contracts:

Active grants:

NIH/NIDA R21 DA 021522-01, Corsi, Karen F. (PI), 5/10/06 –4/30/09, $343,900 (Year 1). 

Reduction of HIV risk and drug use among out-of-treatment methamphetamine users.

Role: Principal Investigator

 

NIH/NIDA R01 DA 16994-S1, Booth, Robert E. (PI), 9/1/03-6/30/09, $ 457,510 (Year 1). 

Reducing HCV/HIV risks Comparing Two Interventions. 

Role: Co-Investigator

 

NIH/NIDA R01 DA 009832-A2,  Booth, Robert E. (PI), 7/15/1995-05/31/2012, $519,610 (Year 11). 

Intervention to Reduce Injection Drug Use.

Role: Co-Investigator

 

NIH/NIDA R01 DA 016994, Booth, Robert E. (PI), 9/1/03 – 8/31/09, $2,849,402 (Year 4). 

Reducing HCV/HIV Risks Comparing Two Interventions.  

Role: Co- Investigator.

 

Previous Grants (since 2000):

SAMHSA/DHHS 1H79-TI15794-03, Corsi, Karen F. (PI), 9/30/03 – 9/29/08 $1,992,113 (Year 4). 

Strengths-Based Case Management and Group Sessions to Enhance Treatment Readiness in Minority Female Crack Smoking Populations.

Role: Principal Investigator

 

NIH/NIDA R01 DA 09832, Corsi, Karen F. (PI),  6/1/95 – 5/31/07, $2,643,286 (No-Cost extension, Year 12). 

Intervention to Reduce Injection Drug Use.

Role: Principal Investigator

 

NIH/NIDA R01 DA 09832-S1, Corsi, Karen F. (PI), 2002-2003, $198,999. 

A Supplemental Application to Assess Interventions to Reduce Injection Drug Use. 

Role: Principal Investigator.

 

NIH/NIDA R01 DA 12813, Corsi, Karen F. (PI), 1999-2003, $1,373,473. 

Antecedents to Risk Behaviors among Drug Users.  Grant RO1 DA12813.  National Institute on Drug Abuse; Role: Principal Investigator.

 

NIH/NIDA R01 DA 12813-S1, Corsi, Karen F. (PI), 2002 – 2004, $112,661.

A Supplemental Application Designed to Assess the Contribution of Psychiatric Co-Morbidity to HIV-Related Risk-Taking Behaviors. 

Role: Principal Investigator.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

Corsi, K. F., Kwiatkowski, C. F., Booth, R. E. (2002). Predictors of positive outcomes for out-of-treatment opiate injectors recruited into methadone maintenance through street outreach. Journal of Drug Issues, 32, 999-1016.

Kwiatkowski, C. F., Corsi, K. F., Booth, R. E. (2002). The association between knowledge of hepatitis C virus status and risk behaviors in injection drug users. Addiction, 97, 1289-1294.

Reich, W., Compton, W., Horton, J., Cottler, L., Cunningham-Williams, R., Booth, R., Singer, M., Leukefeld, C., Fink, J., Stopka, T., Corsi K. F., Staton, T. M. (2002). Injection drug users report good access to pharmacy sale of syringes. Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association, 42, S68-S72.

Reich, W., Compton, W., Horton, J., Cottler, L., Cunningham-Williams, R., Booth, R. E., Singer, M., Leukefeld, C., Fink, J., Stopka, T., Corsi, K. F., Staton, T. M., (2002). Pharmacist ambivalence about over-the-counter sale of syringes to injection drug users. Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association, 42, S52-S57.

Booth, R. E., Corsi, K. F., Mikulich, S. K. (2003). Free treatment and treatment entry among out-of-treatment injection drug users. Strategies to Improve the Replicability, Sustainability, and Durability of HIV Prevention Interventions for Drug Users, National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Booth, R. E., Corsi, K. F., Mikulich, S. K. (2003). Improving entry to methadone maintenance among out-of-treatment injection drug users. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 24(4), 305-311.

Booth, R. E., Corsi, K. F., Mikulich-Gilbertson, S. K. (2004). Factors associated with methadone maintenance treatment retention among street-recruited injection drug users. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 74, 177-185.

Compton, W. M., Horton, J. C., Cottler, L. B., Booth, R. E., Leukefeld, C. G., Singer, M., Cunningham-Williams, R., Reich, W., Corsi, K. F., Staton, M., Fink, J. L., Stopka, T. J., Spitznagel, E. L. (2004). A Multistate trial of pharmacy syringe purchase. Journal of Urban Health, 81(4), 661-670.

Booth, R. E., Kwiatkowski, C. F., Mikulich-Gilbertson, S. K., Brewster, J. T., Salomonsen-Sautel, S., Corsi, K. F., Sinitsyna, L. (2006). Predictors of risky needle use following interventions with drug injectors in Ukraine. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 82S1, S49-57.

Corsi, K. F., Kwiatkowski, C. F., Booth, R. E. (2006). Long-term predictors of HIV risk behaviors among IDUs. Journal of Drug Issues, 36(3), 649-666.

Corsi, K. F., Van Hunnik, B., Kwiatkowski, C. F., Booth, R. E. (2006). Computerized tracking and follow-up techniques in longitudinal research with drug users. Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology, 6, 101-110.

Corsi, K. F., Kwiatkowski, C. F., Booth, R. E. (2007). Treatment entry and predictors among opiate-using injection drug users. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 33(1), 121-127.

Corsi, K. F., Winch, P. J., Kwiatkowski, C. F., Booth, R. E. (2007). Childhood factors that precede drug injection: is there a link? Journal of Child and Family Studies, 16(7), 808-818.

Corsi, K. F., Kwiatkowski, C. F., Booth, R. E. (2008). HIV sex risk behaviors among heterosexual methamphetamine users: Literature review from 2000 to present. Current Drug Abuse Reviews, 1, 292-296.

Corsi, K. F., Kwiatkowski, C. F., Booth, R. E. (2009). Predictors of methamphetamine injection in out-of-treatment IDUs. Substance Use and Misuse, 44, 332-342.

Corsi, K. F., Rinehart, D. J., Kwiatkowski, C. F., Booth, R. E. (2010, in press). Case management outcomes for women who use crack. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work.

Corsi, K. F., Lehman, W. E., Booth, R. E. (2009). The effect of methadone maintenance on positive outcomes for opiate injection drug users. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 37, 120-126.