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Amy R. Knowlton, ScD

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 286
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


Lighthouse Studies at Peer Point

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ScD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1997
MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1992
BA, Beloit College, 1986


My research focuses on the role of support networks and informal caregiving relationships in disadvantaged populations' health services utilization and adherence to medical regimens, and the impact on quality of life of caregivers and care recipients.  Most of my work has focused on persons with HIV/AIDS and/or substance addiction. Major interests are structural approaches to linking persons with co-occurring disorders to medical and addictions care and treatment, and promoting caregiving relationships to facilitate medical adherence and quality of life. 

Currently I am conducting an interagency collaborative study to identify substance using EMS patients and link them to care and treatment.  I am also conducting a study with colleagues at JHSOM and SON exploring continuity of informal HIV caregiving relationships, interpersonal communication with formal and informal caregivers about end of life care preferences,  and the implications for HIV palliative and end of life care.

  • social support
  • social network function
  • urban health
  • informal caregiving relationships
  • illicit and opioid drug use/addiction
  • vulnerable and African American communities
  • health disparities
  • community-based research
  • chronic pain
  • mental health and distress
  • adherence to medical regimens
  • linkage to care and treatment
  • emergency medical services utilization
  • emergency medical services alternative destination transport
  • community-based sobering and stabilization services
  • palliative and end-of-life care
  • home- and community-based management of chronic conditions
  • patient-caregiver-provider communication, engagement, healthcare decision making and mutual understanding

Recent peer-reviewed publications

  • Mitchell MM, Hansen ED, Tseng TY, Shen M, Rushton C, Smith T, Hutton N, Wolfe J, Bone L, Keruly J, Wissow L, Catanzarite Z, Knowlton AR. Correlates of Patterns of Health Values of African Americans Living With HIV/AIDS: Implications for Advance Care Planning and HIV Palliative Care. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Jul;56(1):53-62.
  • Hansen ED, Mitchell MM, Smith T, Hutton N, Keruly J, Knowlton AR. Chronic Pain, Patient-Physician Engagement, and Family Communication Associated With Drug-Using HIV Patients' Discussing Advanced Care Planning With Their Physicians. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Oct;54(4):508-513.
  • Denison JA, Mitchell MM, Maragh-Bass AC, Knowlton AR. Caregivers' Support Network Characteristics Associated with Viral Suppression among HIV Care Recipients. AIDS Behav. 2017 Dec;21(12):3599-3606.
  • Mitchell MM, Nguyen TQ, Maragh-Bass AC, Isenberg SR, Beach MC, Knowlton AR. Patient-Provider Engagement and Chronic Pain in Drug-Using, Primarily African American Persons Living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Behav. 2017 Jun;21(6):1768-1774.
  • Aboumatar H, Naqibuddin M, Chung S, Adebowale H, Bone L, Brown T, Cooper LA, Gurses AP, Knowlton A, Kurtz D, Piet L, Putcha N, Rand C, Roter D, Shattuck E, Sylvester C, Urteaga-Fuentes A, Wise R, Wolff JL, Yang T, Hibbard J, Howell E, Myers M, Shea K, Sullivan J, Syron L, Wang NY, Pronovost P; BREATHE Study Patient Family Partners Group. Better Respiratory Education and Treatment Help Empower (BREATHE) study: Methodology and baseline characteristics of a randomized controlled trial testing a transitional care program to improve patient-centered care delivery among chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Nov;62:159-167.