Dr. Karl Hamner, Ph.D.
Dr. Karl Hamner, Ph.D.

Dr. Karl Hamner, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Evaluation & School Improvement The College of Education

The University of Alabama
PO Box 870240
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0358

PH: 205-348-0129
EM: khamner@ua.edu

Dr. Hamner currently serves the Director of the Office of Evaluation Research and School Improvement for The University of Alabama College of Education. He also serves on the UA Council for Community-Based Partnerships and is Co-Chair of the West Alabama Veteran Action Board. Dr. Hamner has been an education, social science and health researcher, program development and evaluation consultant, and training specialist for federal, state, county and community-based agencies. He has extensive experience in research and program evaluation, as well as conducting professional development workshops and trainings on a wide range of topics, including over 50 grant writing workshops. Throughout his career, he has written or directed the development of numerous successful grant proposals for both small and very large grants. He has received funding from federal, state and local agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Veteran Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration, Housing and Urban Development, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration; as well as a wide array of private and corporate foundations, including The California Endowment, The David & Lucille Packard Foundation, The Mott Foundation, and The Alcoa Foundation. His Ph.D. in Sociology is from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Education
 1993 Ph.D. Sociology University of California, Los Angeles
 1989 M.A. Sociology University of California, Los Angeles
 1986 B.A. Sociology University of California, Los Angeles


Professional Positions
 2017 - Present Clinical Associate Professor, Director The Office of Evaluation and School Improvement,
 The University of Alabama College of Education
 2010 - 2017 Assistant Dean of Scholarly Affairs The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing & Assistant Dean for Research,
 The University of Alabama School Of Social Work
 2007 - 2010 Director of Scholarly Affairs The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing
 1999 - 2011 President KMH Consulting, Inc.
 2000 - 2004 Contract Instructor University of California, Los Angeles
 2003 Contract Instructor University of Southern California
 1997 - 1999 Director, Evaluation Research Sociometrics Corporation
 1993 - 1997 Research Associate Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, Vanderbilt University
 1993 - 1996 Post-Doctoral Fellow, National Institute of Mental Health Post-Doctoral Training Program in Children’s Mental Health Services Center for Mental Health Policy, Vanderbilt University

 

Areas of Expertise
Program Design and Evaluation; Program and Policy Evaluation; Evaluation Capacity Building; School Improvement; Community-based Youth Development and Health Promotion; Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Development and Evaluation; Qualitative and Quantitative Methodology; Applied Health and Social Service Research;
Inter-group Attitudes and Conflict; Children’s Mental Health Services; HIV/AIDS Prevention; Military to Civilian Transitions; Social Identity Theory.
Teaching
 2011 Instructor, Research Methods for Social Work Practice, University of Alabama (SW 576- 001)
 2003 Instructor, Health Promotion Program Design and Evaluation, University of Southern California
 2000 - 2004 Instructor, Interpersonal Conflict, Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
 2000 - 2004 Instructor, Sociological Research Methods & Interpersonal Conflict, Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

 

Recent Community Service
 2016 – Present  CO-CHAIR, West Alabama Veteran Action Board
 2016 – 2018 CO-CHAIR, Education Committee of the Alabama Veterans Network (AlaVetNet)
 2013 – 2016 MEMBER, Alabama Veterans Network (AlaVetNet)
 2009 – 2017  VICE-PRESIDENT, Holt Community Partnership (HCP)
 2012 – 2017 VICE-CHAIR, Health Action Partnership of Walker County (HAP-WC)
 2010 – 2013 CO-FOUNDER AND MEMBER, Walker Area Transformational Coalition for Health (WATCH)
2007 – 2010 MEMBER AND SECRETARY, Capstone Rural Health Center (CRHC) Board of Directors

 

Recent Professional Service
 2016 – Present MEMBER, CIMVHR College of Peer Reviewers
 2016 – 2017 MEMBER, the School of Social Work Administrative Team
 2010 – 2017 MEMBER, the School of Social Work Executive Team
 2008 – Present CO-CHAIR, UA-VA Research Liaison Group
 2015 – 2017 MEMBER, the Council for Community-Based Partnerships Faculty Teaching and Research Support Committee
 2007 – Present MEMBER, the University of Alabama Council for Community-Based Partnerships
 2007 – 2017 MEMBER, the University of Alabama Assistant/Associate Deans of Research Committee
 2007 – 2015 MEMBER, Capstone College of Nursing Administrative Support Team
 2007 – 2015  MEMBER, Capstone College of Nursing Organizational Performance and Strategic Planning Committee
 2013 – 2015  CO-CHAIR, Deans and Directors for Research Special Interest Group, the Society for Social Work Research
 2014 – 2015 MEMBER, SACS Public/Community Service Compliance Certification Committee
 2014 – 2015 MEMBER, the University of Alabama Carnegie Classification for Curricular and Community Engagement Renewal Team
 2011 – 2012 MEMBER, the University of Alabama Carnegie Classification for Curricular and Community Engagement Team
 2010 – 2014 CHAIR, Capstone College of Nursing Organizational Performance and Strategic Planning Committee
 2010 – 2014 MEMBER, Deans and Directors for Research Special Interest Group, the Society for Social Work Research
 2008 – 2012 MEMBER, the University of Alabama Technology Research Advisory Committee

 

Professional Memberships
  • American Evaluation Association
Honors
 2015 Certificate of Appreciation, Department of Veterans Affairs
 2015 Award of Recognition for contribution to the renewal of the University of Alabama’s Carnegie Classification for Curricular and Community Engagement
 2013 Distinguished Achievement in Engagement Scholarship- Faculty/Staff; University of Alabama Center for Community-Based Partnerships
 2010 Excellence in Community Health Center Board Leadership; Alabama Primary Care Association
 2010 Outstanding Community Partner-Initiated Engagement Effort (jointly awarded to Paul Kennedy, President, the Walker Area Community Foundation); University of Alabama Center for Community-Based Partnerships
 1992 City of West Hollywood Dissertation Award

 

Publications
  • Albright, D. L., McCormick, W. H., Carroll, T. D., Currier, J. M., Thomas, K. H., Hamner, K., Slagel, B. A., Womack, B., Simms, B. M., & Deiss, J. (2017)
    Barriers and resources for veterans’ post-military transitioning in South Alabama: A qualitative analysis. Traumatology.
  • Hendricks Thomas, K., Albright, D., Shields, M., Kaufman, E., Michaud, C., Plummer Taylor, S., Hamner, K. (2016). Predictors of depression diagnoses
    and symptoms in United States female veterans: Results from a national survey and implications for programming. Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health
  • Thomas, K.H., Taylor, S.P., Hamner, K., Glazer, J. Kaufman, E. (2015). Multi-site Programming Offered to Promote Resilience in Military Veterans: A
    Process Evaluation of the Just Roll With It Bootcamps. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 13 (2), 15-24.
  •  Davis, L. L., Kertesz, S. G., Mahaney-Price, A. F., Martin, M. Y., Tabb, K. D., Pettey, K. M., McNeal, S. F., Granstaff, U. S., Hamner, K. M., Powell, M. P.,
    Hilgeman, M. M., Snow, A. L., Stanton, M., Litaker, M., Mary T. Hawn, M. T., (2011). Alabama Veterans Rural Health Initiative: A Preliminary Evaluation of
    Unmet Health Care Needs. Journal of Rural Social Sciences. 26 (3), 14–31
  • Hamner, K. M., Kennedy, P. W. & Wolfe, T. A. (2008). Forming a rural health partnership. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 1(1), 85-86.
  • Robin, L., & Hamner, K. M. (2000). Bisexuality: Identities and community. In V. A. Wall &  N. J. Evans (Eds.) Toward acceptance: Sexual orientation issues on campus (pp. 245-259). Lanham, MD: University Press of America, Inc.
  • Bickman, L., & Hamner, K. M. (1998). Evaluating a Holocaust Museum. Evaluation Review, 22 (4), 435-446
  • Bickman, L., Salzer, S., Lambert, E. W., Saunders, R., Summerfelt, W. T., Heflinger, C. A., & Hamner, K. M. (1998). Rejoinder to Mordock’s critique of the Fort Bragg Evaluation Project: The sample is generalizable and the outcomes are clear. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 29 (1), pp. 77-91.
  • Hamner, K. M., & Bryant, D. (1997). Does client severity predict case management activity? Evaluation and Program Planning, 20 (3), 259-267.
  • Hamner, K. M., Lambert, E. W., & Bickman, L. (1997). Children’s mental health in a  continuum of care: Clinical outcomes at 18 months for the Fort Bragg Demonstration. Journal of Mental Health Administration, 24 (4), 664-670.
  • Boyd, E. A., Berk, R. A., & Hamner, K. M. (1996) Motivated by hatred or prejudice: Categorization of hate-motivated crimes in two police divisions. Law and Society Review, 30, 819-850
  • Heflinger, C. A., Nixon, C. T., & Hamner, K. M. (1996). Handling confidentiality and  disclosure in the evaluation of client outcomes in managed mental health services for children and adolescents.  Evaluation and Program Planning, 19, 175-182.
Book Chapters
  1. Hamner, K. M. (1992). Gay bashing: A Social Identity analysis of violence against lesbians and gay men. In G. M. Herek & K. T. Berrill (Eds.) Hate crimes: Confronting violence against lesbians and gay men, pp. 179-190. Newbury Park, CA: Sage
  2. Berk, R. A., Boyd, E. A., & Hamner, K. M. (1992). Thinking more clearly about hate motivated crimes. In G. M. Herek & K. T. Berrill (Eds.) Hate crimes: Confronting violence against lesbians and gay men, pp. 123-143. Newbury Park, CA: Sage
Other Publications
  1. Feinstein, N., Card, J. J., Shields, J. P., Benner, T., & Hamner, K. M. (2001). Case Studies in Effective HIV Prevention: 18 Behavioral Prevention Programs Selected for the HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Archive. Los Altos, CA: Sociometrics Corporation.
Select Refereed Presentations
  • Thomas, K.H., Albright, D.L., Hamner, K., & Shields, M.M. (Jan 2017) Predictors of depression diagnoses and symptoms in female veterans: Results from a national survey and implications for programming. Annual Conference for the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA (poster presentation).

  • Hamner, K.M. (2016). “From In-Group to Out-Group MCT and Optimal Distinctiveness.” Panel presentation in “Theory, Veteran Identity and Well-Being in Military-Civilian Transition: What do we know and what can we do?” Working Group 5, Leads: Dr. Jim Thompson, Medical Advisor, Research Directorate, Veterans Affairs Canada & Wendy Lockhart, Senior Policy Officer, Research Directorate, Veterans Affairs Canada; Forum 2016, the 7th Annual Canadian Military and Veteran Health Forum. Vancouver, Canada.

  • Albright, D. L., Currier, J. & Hamner, K.M. (2016) “Post-Service Identity: The Role of Moral Injury on the Military to Civilian Transition.” Oral presentation; Forum 2016, the 7th Annual Canadian Military and Veteran Health Forum. Vancouver, Canada.

  • Hamner, K.M, Albright, D.L., Thomas, K., Pryce, J., Davis, L. (2015). “Leading by Convening: Advancing Transition Research via a Translational Summit.” Oral presentation; The 6th Annual Canadian Military and Veteran Health Forum. Quebec City, Canada.

  • Albright, D. L., & Hamner, K.M. (2015). Beyond “thank you for your service”: Improving community context for MCT. Military to Civilian Transition Summit, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

  • Huebner, R. & Hamner, K.M. (2014). “Putting the “I” Back in Team: IPE Strategies for Students, Faculty, and Rural Social Work Practice.” Oral presentation p; 39th Annual National Institute for Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas. Silver City, New Mexico, July 2014.

  • Hamner, K.M., Kennedy, P., Jones, F., Judd, A. & Johnson, G. (2012) “Sustaining Community- Academic Partnerships for Health.” Panel Presentation; National Outreach Scholarship Conference. Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

  • Wilson, E., Dixon. C., Thomas, A., Watkins, J., Houser, R., Hamner, K.M., Shaw, C.L., & Reamy, R., (2012). “From the Ground Up: The Evolution of a Partnership.” Panel Presentation; National Outreach Scholarship Conference. Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

  • Hamner, K.M., Kennedy, P., Goetz, D. & Wells, H.M. (2010). “Reciprocal Community-Academic Partnerships for Health: Lessons from WATCH 2010.” Panel presentation; Gulf-South Summit on Service Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education; Athens, Georgia.

  • Hamner, K.M. (2010). “Innovation to promote nursing research.” Oral presentation; The Research Leaders Network, American Association of Colleges of Nursing Graduate Education Conference; Captiva Island, Florida.

  • Snow, A.L., Allen, R., Richmond, D. & Hamner, K.M. (2010). “Linking research and practice in long- term care.” Panel presentation, Improving the Quality of Long-Term Care: A Statewide Summit; Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

  • Hamner, K.M., Dunkin, J., Witt, B.S., Hankins, J., & Majors, S. (2008). “Nurses responding to rural health needs: Meeting the needs of the future through community-academic partnerships.” Chair, Panel presentation, , Ninth Annual Rural Health Conference; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; September 2008.

  • Hamner, K.M., Patton, M.Q., Saxe, L., Scriven, S. & Bickman, L. (1998). “Increasing the utilization of evaluation findings to transform society: What is the role of the evaluator?” Chair, Panel presentation, with Michael Quinn Patton, Leonard Saxe, Michael Scriven, and Leonard Bickman, American Evaluation Association annual meeting, November 1998.

  • Hamner, K.M. (1998). “Confronting common problems in evaluation research: The power of the sociological perspective.” Paper presentation, Annual Pacific Sociological Association meeting, April 1998.
Ongoing Research & Contract Support
Funder/TitleAmountRoleDate
 Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation; Operation Deep Dive Subcontract $1,552,773 Lead PI  2017-2021
 State of Alabama Department of Education, School Improvement Grants – Evaluation  $1,310,801 Evaluator  2017-2021
 National Science Foundation; Building a Pathway for CS Principles Teachers:
 A Two-course Sequence for Secondary Education Mathematics Pre-service Teachers
 $299,903 PI  
 University of Alabama at Birmingham; Jefferson County Juvenile Drug Court Assessment $35,000 Evaluator 2017-2018
 Gadsden City Schools; 21st Century Learning Centers $14,500 Evaluator 2017-2018

 

Completed Research & Contract Support
 Funder/Title Amount Role Date
 Alabama Department of Public Health; Alabama FITWAY Colorectal Cancer Prevention Program $193,564 Evaluator 2015-2017
 University of Alabama at Birmingham; Jefferson County Juvenile Drug Court and Family
 Drug Court Assessments
 $99,960  Evaluator  2015-2017
 Gadsden City Schools and Selma City Schools; 21st Century Learning Centers $22,000 Evaluator 2016-2017
 Community Foundation of South Alabama; South Alabama Veterans Needs Assessment $33,619 PI 2015-2016
 National Institute of Child and Human Development; Service Member to Civilian: Transitions, Mental Health. Families and Education (NIH 1 R13 HD080421-01) $25,000 PI 2014-2016
 Alabama Department of Mental Health Developmental Disabilities; Alabama Project LAUNCH $150,000 Evaluator 2014-2016
 Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs;
 Alabama Broadband Initiative Monitoring and Evaluation Framework Development
 $249,999 Senior Personnel 2012-2014
 Missouri Hospital Association; Custom Grant Writing Workshop $2,700 Instructor 2014
 Greenleaf Medical Center; Grant Proposal Writing and Development  $20,000 PI 2011
 Fitzgibbon Hospital; Grant Proposal Writing and Development  $20,000 PI 2010
 Missouri Hospital Association; Custom Grant Writing Workshop$2,700Instructor2010
 Walker Baptist Medical Center; Professional Facilitation; WATCH 2010$7,500Facilitator2009
 Alameda County Office of Education; Grant Writing Training and Professional  Development$12,853PI2008-2009
 MidMichigan Innovation Center; Grant Proposal Writing and Development$5,000PI2007
University of Maryland; Baltimore County Custom Grant Writing Workshop
$6,000Instructor2007
The California Endowment; Centinela Youth Service Bullying Prevention Program Evaluation
$25,000Evaluator2006
DeKalb County School System; DeKalb County School System’s
 Theme and Magnet School Evaluation
$5,000Evaluator2005
 The San Diego Foundation & The California Endowment; Project ESSEA Evaluation$35,000Evaluator2002-2005
 The California Endowment; The Northern California Center on Deafness Parent Links
 Program Evaluation
$24,000Evaluator2002-2004
 Roanoke Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative Evaluation$40,000Evaluator1998-2004
Tulare County, CA; Tulare Youth Services Bureau Building Bridges Program Evaluation$25,500Evaluator2001-2003
The California Endowment & Private Donor; Tariq Khamisa Foundation Violence Intervention Forum Feasibility Study$140,552PI2001-2002
The State of California & The California Endowment; People’s Choice Program Evaluation and Organizational Development$33,500Evaluator/PI2000-2002
City of Los Angeles, CA; Community Employment Project’s Welfare to Work Program Evaluation$50,000Evaluator2001
The California Endowment; Woodlake Family Resource Center Evaluation$25,000Evaluator2000-2001
The California Endowment; Project New Hope Evaluation$35,000Evaluator2000-2001
The California Endowment; The California Partnership for Children’s Plan To Lead Parent Advocacy Training Program Evaluation$25,000Evaluator2000-2001
The California Endowment; Kaweah Delta Healthcare District Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Evaluation$40,000Evaluator1999-2001
The State of California; Planned Parenthood’s Girl Talk Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Evaluation$30,000Evaluator1998-2001
Kaweah Delta Healthcare District; Hispanic Cardiovascular Health Needs Assessment$5,000PI1999
The David & Lucille Packard Foundation; Santa Clara County Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Network Evaluation$880,000Co- PI/Evaluator1999
The State of Minnesota; The System-wide Analysis of Family Planning Services in Minnesota$120,000PI1998-1999
The State of California; California Community Challenge Grant Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Evaluations1997-1999Evaluator$106,150
Department of Defense; Client Severity and Case Management Activity in Children’s Mental Health Services1996Co-PI$50,000

 

Grants Raised for Individuals & Agencies
GrantDateFunder$
 Walker Area Transformational Coalition for Health Planning Grant, Don Goetz,
 Project Director
 2009 Health Resources and Services Administration $86,000
 Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2008 The Mott Foundation $80,000
 The Icelandic Cultural Heritage Project; Jesse Byock, Ph.D., PI, UCLA 2007 The Alcoa Foundation $250,000
 Multiple Imputation for Longitudinal Data; Xiawei Yang, Ph.D., PI, UCLA 2002 National Institute of Drug Abuse $99,700
 Board and Organizational Development; People’s Choice, Inc. 2002 The California Endowment $50,000
 Transitional Housing for People Living with AIDS and Mental Illness;
 Project New Hope
 2001 Housing and Urban Development $750,000
 Supportive Services for People Living with AIDS and Mental Illness;
 Project New Hope
 2001 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
 Administration
 $450,000
 Planning and Seed Money Grant; The California Partnership for Children 2001 The Friedman Family Foundation $20,000
 Plan 2 Lead Parent Advocacy Training Program; The California Partnership
 for Children
 2001 The California Endowment $450,000

*Only grant proposals for which Dr. Hamner served as grant development lead and/or primary author or funded proposal. List does not include grant awards to the University of Alabama during Dr. Hamner’s time as a Director/Assistant Dean for Research.