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James Alan Neff, PhD, MPH, FAAHB

  • James Alan Neff, PhD, MPH, FAAHB
  • Professor
  • Health Sciences
  • 3136 Health Sciences Bldg
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3830
  • janeff@odu.edu
  • Dr. James Alan Neff is a social-behavioral scientist with specialized training in Medical Sociology, Public Health, Methodology/Statistics, and Evaluation Research.
  • Education

    University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health at Houston, 1995
    Major: Public Health
    Degree: M.P.H.
    Florida State University, 1977
    Major: Medical Sociology/Mental Health; Minor: Applied Statistics
    Degree: Ph. D.
    Florida State University, 1975
    Major: Sociology
    Degree: M.S.
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1974
    Major: Sociology and Psychology
    Degree: B.S.
  • Research Interests

    Dr. Neff's Research interests include research methodology, health disparities, alcohol/substance use, and substance abuse prevention and treatment approaches.
  • 2013: 2013 Poster of Distinction, American Academy of Health Behavior
  • 2010: Fellow, American Academy of Health Behavior
  • 2007: Member, Epidemiology, Prevention, and Behavioral Research Committee, NIH/National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism
  • 1980: Post-doctoral Scholar, NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
  • 1974: Pre-doctoral Fellow, NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    “Adoption, Fidelity, and Effectiveness of Alcohol SBIRT for Dental Practice.”
    Sponsoring Organization: NIH/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research grant # RC1-DE020563
    Date: October, 2009 - September, 2013
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.; Kelley, M.; Darby, M. M.; Lemaster, M. F.; Braitman, A. L.
    “Educational Theater Program: ‘Secrets’"
    Sponsoring Organization: Kaiser Permanente of Ohio/Eastbay Foundation
    Date: 2008 - 2009
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.
    “Meharry Alcohol Research Collaborative (MARC).”
    Sponsoring Organization: NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism grant # U01-AA014939
    Date: 2003 - 2004
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.
    “Treatment Access Project for African-American Women.”
    Sponsoring Organization: SAMHSA/CSAT
    Date: 2003 - 2004
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.
    “Methods to Study Ethnicity and Faith-Based Substance Abuse Treatment”
    Sponsoring Organization: NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse Administrative Supplement for Health Disparities grant#R24-DA13579-02S1
    Date: 2002 - 2003
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.
    “Research Development Program on Substance Abuse in Underserved Populations,”
    Sponsoring Organization: NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse grant # R24-DA13579
    Date: 2001 - 2003
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.
    "Metropolitan Community AIDS Network (METRO CAN)."
    Sponsoring Organization: SAMHSA/CSAT
    Date: 1999 - 2001
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.
    "Center for Behavioral Studies in AIDS and Substance Abuse.”
    Sponsoring Organization: NIH/National Institute on Drug Abusegrant #R01-DA-007471.
    Date: 1996 - 1997
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.
    "South Texas AIDS Training for Mental Health Providers."
    Sponsoring Organization: SAMHSA/Center for Mental Health Services
    Date: 1994 - 1997
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.
    "Availability, Accessibility, and Adequacy of Health Care Provided to USAF Active Duty Women in Theater During Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm."
    Sponsoring Organization: USAF Defense Women's Health Research Program Grant
    Date: 1995 - 1996
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.
    "STD Education and Training Center of South Texas."
    Sponsoring Organization: NIH/National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease grant #AI-31498
    Date: 1993 - 1996
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.
    "Intergenerational Relationships in Mexican Americans".
    Sponsoring Organization: NIH/National Institute on Aging grant #R01-AG08633.
    Date: 1991 - 1995
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.
    "Alcohol Consumption and AIDS Risk Factors: A Tri-Ethnic Study."
    Sponsoring Organization: National Institute of Alcohol, Abuse, and Alcoholism grant #R01-AA08067.
    Date: 1988 - 1991
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.
    "Drinking Patterns and Consequences: A Tri-Ethnic Study."
    Sponsoring Organization: National Institute of Alcohol, Abuse, and Alcoholism grant #R01-AA06723.
    Date: 1987 - 1991
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.
    "Heavy Drinking and Alcohol-Related Problems among Anglo, Mexican-American, and Black Males."
    Sponsoring Organization: Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
    Date: 1985 - 1986
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.
    "Racial/Ethnic Differences in Drinking Patterns and Problems."
    Sponsoring Organization: Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation
    Date: 1985 - 1986
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.
    . "Ethnicity and the Psychosocial Impact of Unemployment."
    Sponsoring Organization: NIH/National Institute of Mental Health grant #R01-MH39519.
    Date: 1985 - 1986
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.
    "Medical Problems and Life Events as Risk Factors in Depression. "
    Sponsoring Organization: NIH/National Institute of Mental Health grant #R01-MH 36821.
    Date: 1982 - 1984
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.
    "Urban-Rural Differences in Psychiatric Impairment."
    Sponsoring Organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture grant #8005-2 RD16.
    Date: 1979 - 1980
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.
    "A Study of the Health Needs of Rural Blacks in Tennessee."
    Sponsoring Organization: U.S. Department of Argriculture Grant #801-15-13D.
    Date: 1978 - 1980
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.
    "Depression in Rural Communities: Establishing CES-D Cutting Points."
    Sponsoring Organization: NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
    Date: 1977 - 1979
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.
    "An Epidemiologic Study of the Need for Mental Health Services in Rural Counties in Tennessee. "
    Sponsoring Organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture grant #616-15-31
    Date: 1976 - 1978
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Neff, J. A.