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Kelly Young-Wolff, PhD, MPH

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Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
2000 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 891-3570 (phone)
kelly.c.young-wolff@kp.org
Kaiser Permanente Researcher Profiles


Kelly C. Young-Wolff, PhD, MPH, is a licensed clinical psychologist and research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Young-Wolff received her BA in psychology and anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MPH and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California. She completed her NIDA-funded predoctoral fellowship at Yale University in the Department of Psychiatry and her NHLBI-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford Prevention Research Center in the Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Young-Wolff’s research interests include investigating how stress and trauma, genetic factors, and health-related policies shape disparities in the onset and course of drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco use, and psychiatric disorders. She is also interested in conducting research to inform the development of effective behavioral interventions for complex patients with multiple, co-occurring psychiatric and addictive disorders.

Current Position(s):

  • Research Scientist I, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Section Affiliations:

Primary Research Interests:

  • Disparities in the onset and course of drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco use, and psychiatric disorders
  • Behavioral interventions for individuals with multiple, co-occurring psychiatric and addictive disorders

    Identifying Risk Factors for Prenatal Substance and Polysubstance Use

    The overarching goal of this K01 study is to identify recent trends in prenatal substance use and develop data-driven, evidence-based, generalizable predictive models to identify women at greatest risk for continued substance use in pregnancy. Specifically, we aim to: 1) Comprehensively establish trends in prenatal substance and polysubstance use (2009-2017); 2) Develop predictive statistical models of clinical and demographic characteristics to identify women at greatest risk for continuing to use substances during pregnancy; and 3) Conduct qualitative interviews with women who quit vs. persisted in substance use during pregnancy.
    Investigator: Young-Wolff, Kelly
    Funder: National Institute on Drug Abuse

    Feasibility of Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) in a Prenatal Population

    This study examines the feasibility and acceptability of adopting ACEs screening in two Kaiser Permanente Northern California women’s health clinics. Results of this patient- and clinician-focused study will inform the viability of implementing ACEs screening as part of usual prenatal care and can be used to develop improved screening protocols.
    Investigator: Young-Wolff, Kelly
    Funder: Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Research Grant

    Impact of Health Reform on Smoking and Treatment Utilization

    The overall objective of this study is to examine how the implementation of landmark health care legislation has impacted the population of smokers in a private health care delivery system, their treatment utilization, and their smoking cessation outcomes over time. New insured smokers through Medicaid expansion and CA exchanges are likely to be a vulnerable group, with a higher prevalence of comorbidities, and unique barriers to utilization of tobacco treatment. The study is designed to test whether newly insured patients have a higher percentage of comorbidities and differential use of tobacco cessation counseling. Further, the study will test whether variation in benefit plan and coverage among post-ACA new member smokers differentially impacts tobacco cessation counseling utilization and smoking cessation outcomes longitudinally.
    Investigator: Young-Wolff, Kelly
    Funder: Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program

    Implementation and Effectiveness of a Perioperative Smoking Cessation Program

    This study assesses the implementation and effectiveness of a perioperative smoking cessation intervention integrated into usual care for patients who smoke who are scheduled for elective surgery. Results will inform the feasibility of a real-world intervention in day-to-day practice that could be easily implemented in most perioperative settings.
    Investigator: Young-Wolff, Kelly
    Funder: Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Research Grant

    Association of the Affordable Care Act With Smoking and Tobacco Treatment Utilization Among Adults Newly Enrolled in Health Care

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Klebaner D; Campbell CI; Weisner C; Satre DD; Adams AS
    PubMed abstract

    Smoking Status and Opioid Related Problems and Concerns among Men and Women on Chronic Opioid Therapy

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Klebaner D; Weisner C; Von Korff M; Campbell CI
    PubMed abstract

    Transforming the Health Care Response to Intimate Partner Violence: Addressing "Wicked Problems"

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Kotz K; McCaw B
    PubMed abstract

    Smoking Trends Among Adults With Behavioral Health Conditions in Integrated Health Care: A Retrospective Cohort Study

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Kline-Simon AH; Das S; Mordecai DJ; Miller-Rosales C; Weisner C
    PubMed abstract

    Disparities in the Receipt of Tobacco Treatment Counseling within the US Context of the Affordable Care Act and Meaningful Use Implementation

    Author(s): Tan ASL; Young-Wolff KC; Carter-Harris L; Salloum RG; Banerjee SC
    PubMed abstract

    Intimate Partner Violence, Smoking, and Pregnancy: What Can We Do to Help?

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; McCaw B; Avalos LA
    PubMed abstract

    Do you vape? Leveraging electronic health records to assess clinician documentation of electronic nicotine delivery system use among adolescents and adults

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Klebaner D; Folck B; Carter-Harris L; Salloum RG; Prochaska JJ; Fogelberg R; Tan ASL
    PubMed abstract

    Alcohol, Marijuana, and Opioid Use Disorders: 5-Year Patterns and Characteristics of Emergency Department Encounters

    Author(s): Bahorik AL; Satre DD; Kline-Simon AH; Weisner CM; Young-Wolff KC; Campbell CI
    PubMed abstract

    Buprenorphine Treatment and Patient Use of Health Services after the Affordable Care Act in an Integrated Health Care System

    Author(s): Campbell CI; Parthasarathy S; Young-Wolff KC; Satre DD
    PubMed abstract

    Smoke-Free Laws and Hazardous Drinking: A Cross-Sectional Study among U.S. Adults

    Author(s): Jiang N; Gonzalez M; Ling PM; Young-Wolff KC; Glantz SA
    PubMed abstract

    Smoking, Mental Illness, and Public Health

    Author(s): Prochaska JJ; Das S; Young-Wolff KC
    PubMed abstract

    Association of the Affordable Care Act With Smoking and Tobacco Treatment Utilization Among Adults Newly Enrolled in Health Care

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Klebaner D; Campbell CI; Weisner C; Satre DD; Adams AS
    PubMed abstract

    Smoking Status and Opioid Related Problems and Concerns among Men and Women on Chronic Opioid Therapy

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Klebaner D; Weisner C; Von Korff M; Campbell CI
    PubMed abstract

    Transforming the Health Care Response to Intimate Partner Violence: Addressing "Wicked Problems"

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Kotz K; McCaw B
    PubMed abstract

    Use of Electronic Cigarettes Among Cancer Survivors in the U.S

    Author(s): Salloum RG; Getz KR; Tan AS; Carter-Harris L; Young-Wolff KC; George TJ; Shenkman EA
    PubMed abstract

    Patient-provider discussions about lung cancer screening pre- and post-guidelines: Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS)

    Author(s): Carter-Harris L; Tan AS; Salloum RG; Young-Wolff KC
    PubMed abstract

    Potential Unintended Consequences of Electronic Cigarette Use in Drinking Venues

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; McKee SA
    PubMed abstract

    Smoking Trends Among Adults With Behavioral Health Conditions in Integrated Health Care: A Retrospective Cohort Study

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Kline-Simon AH; Das S; Mordecai DJ; Miller-Rosales C; Weisner C
    PubMed abstract

    Massive open online nutrition and cooking course for improved eating behaviors and meal composition

    Author(s): Adam M; Young-Wolff KC; Konar E; Winkleby M
    PubMed abstract

    Symptom severity and readiness to quit among hospitalized smokers with mental illness

    Author(s): Anzai N; Young-Wolff KC; Prochaska JJ
    PubMed abstract

    Gender differences in a randomized controlled trial treating tobacco use among adolescents and young adults with mental health concerns

    Author(s): Prochaska JJ; Fromont SC; Ramo DE; Young-Wolff KC; Delucchi K; Brown RA; Hall SM
    PubMed abstract

    ​Correlates and prevalence of menthol cigarette use among adults with serious mental illness

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Hickman NJ ; rd; Kim R; Gali K; Prochaska JJ
    PubMed abstract

    Electronic Cigarettes in Jails: A Panacea or Public Health Problem?

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Karan LD; Prochaska JJ
    PubMed abstract

    Prevalence and correlates of electronic-cigarette use in young adults: Findings from three studies over five years

    Author(s): Ramo DE; Young-Wolff KC; Prochaska JJ
    PubMed abstract

    Drinking experience uncovers genetic influences on alcohol expectancies across adolescence

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Wang P; Tuvblad C; Baker LA; Raine A; Prescott CA
    PubMed abstract

    Validity of self-reported adult secondhand smoke exposure

    Author(s): Prochaska JJ; Grossman W; Young-Wolff KC; Benowitz NL
    PubMed abstract

    Multiple risk behavior profiles of smokers with serious mental illness and motivation for change

    Author(s): Prochaska JJ; Fromont SC; Delucchi K; Young-Wolff KC; Benowitz NL; Hall S; Bonas T; Hall SM
    PubMed abstract

    Tobacco retailer proximity and density and nicotine dependence among smokers with serious mental illness

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Henriksen L; Delucchi K; Prochaska JJ
    PubMed abstract

    PTSD symptomatology and readiness to quit smoking among women with serious mental illness

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Fromont SC; Delucchi K; Hall SE; Hall SM; Prochaska JJ
    PubMed abstract

    Are statewide restaurant and bar smoking bans associated with reduced cigarette smoking among those with mental illness?

    Author(s): Smith PH; Young-Wolff KC; Hyland A; McKee SA
    PubMed abstract

    Neuropsychological deficits in major depression reflect genetic/familial risk more than clinical history: a monozygotic discordant twin-pair study

    Author(s): Hsu KJ; Young-Wolff KC; Kendler KS; Halberstadt LJ; Prescott CA
    PubMed abstract

    Increased cigarette tax is associated with reductions in alcohol consumption in a longitudinal U.S. sample

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Kasza KA; Hyland AJ; McKee SA
    PubMed abstract

    Patterns of resource utilization and mental health symptoms among women exposed to multiple types of victimization: a latent class analysis

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Hellmuth J; Jaquier V; Swan SC; Connell C; Sullivan TP
    PubMed abstract

    Posttraumatic stress disorder symptom clusters, alcohol misuse, and women's use of intimate partner violence

    Author(s): Hellmuth JC; Jaquier V; Young-Wolff K; Sullivan TP
    PubMed abstract

    ​Longitudinal associations between smoking cessation medications and alcohol consumption among smokers in the International Tobacco Control Four Country survey

    Author(s): McKee SA; Young-Wolff KC; Harrison EL; Cummings KM; Borland R; Kahler CW; Fong GT; Hyland A
    PubMed abstract

    Smoke-free policies in drinking venues predict transitions in alcohol use disorders in a longitudinal U.S. sample

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Hyland AJ; Desai R; Sindelar J; Pilver CE; McKee SA
    PubMed abstract

    Shared genetic contributions to early-onset drinking and drinking to cope motives

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Kendler KS; Prescott CA
    PubMed abstract

    Heritability of alcohol dependence is similar in women and men

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Chereji E; Prescott CA
    PubMed abstract

    The effects of age at drinking onset and stressful life events on alcohol use in adulthood: a replication and extension using a population-based twin sample

    Author(s): Lee LO; Young-Wolff KC; Kendler KS; Prescott CA
    PubMed abstract

    The influence of gene-environment interactions on alcohol consumption and alcohol use disorders: a comprehensive review

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Enoch MA; Prescott CA
    PubMed abstract

    Heritability and longitudinal stability of schizotypal traits during adolescence

    Author(s): Ericson M; Tuvblad C; Raine A; Young-Wolff K; Baker LA
    PubMed abstract

    Accounting for the association between childhood maltreatment and alcohol-use disorders in males: a twin study

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Kendler KS; Ericson ML; Prescott CA
    PubMed abstract

    Empirically defined subtypes of alcohol dependence in an Irish family sample

    Author(s): Sintov ND; Kendler KS; Young-Wolff KC; Walsh D; Patterson DG; Prescott CA
    PubMed abstract

    Mood-related drinking motives mediate the familial association between major depression and alcohol dependence

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Kendler KS; Sintov ND; Prescott CA
    PubMed abstract