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Optimization of Behavioral and Biobehavioral Interventions

Chair: Thelma Mielenz, PhD
Co-Chair: David Cavallo, PhD
Junior Co-Chair: Sara St. George, PhD
Conference Chair: Angela Pfammatter, PhD
Communications Chair: Ahnalee Brincks, PhD
Student Liaison: Sara Hoffman
Advisory Board: Linda Collins, PhD and Kari Kugler, PhD

Description/Mission Statement

The Optimization of Behavioral and Biobehavioral Interventions SIG provides opportunities for behavioral scientists and methodologists to network and discuss formal optimization of behavioral and biobehavioral interventions. Optimizing a behavioral  or biobehavioral intervention means engineering the intervention to meet specific and clearly operationalized criteria for effectiveness, efficiency, scalability, and sustainability. Innovative methodological approaches for formal optimization of behavioral and biobehavioral interventions are emerging from statistics, engineering, behavioral science, and computer science. The purposes of the SIG are to (1) foster networking and discussion on the topic of optimization of behavioral interventions; (2) facilitate application of methods for optimization of behavioral and biobehavioral interventions; (3) foster expansion and improvement of methodology for intervention optimization; and (4) encourage and help the scientific public, for example those who review grant proposals, to become more familiar with intervention optimization methods.