Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Course 101:
Evidence-Based Behavioral Medicine SIG Course:

Translating the Evidence into Practice: Challenges and Implementation

9:00 am - 11:45 am   

Chair: Bonnie Spring, PhD, ABPP
Co-Presenters: Joanna Buscemi, PhD, and Michael J. Coons, PhD

Evidence-based treatments delivered by an interprofessional team are the current gold standard of care in medical settings. Consistently delivering these types of interventions dramatically improves health outcomes and reduces health care costs. However, the process of evaluating the empirical evidence and implementing the best treatment given the context and available resources can present unique challenges. This pre-conference course combines didactic and interactive learning geared toward health care professionals across disciplines aimed at giving attendees a better understanding of evidence-based practice and implementation challenges. First, general instruction in the five steps of the evidence based practice process and the three data strands that it integrates will be described (e.g., best available scientific evidence, patient preferences and clinical expertise) . Second, we will introduce how systematic reviews and treatment guidelines inform evidence-based practice, including information about how to critically appraise the quality of the research. For the interactive portion, the attendees will be broken into small groups and will be given a systematic review from which to extract information regarding overall findings and practice/policy implications. Group members will then be given specific clinical “scenarios” that vary (e.g., interdisciplinary vs interprofessional; SES of population; minorities/no minorities; resources; urban/rural; diverse patient characteristics) and will be asked to follow the 3 circles taught previously to devise a treatment plan. Finally, each group will be given a series of implementation challenges to resolve. Group members will play conflicting roles in this process to solve common implementation problems.

Course 201:
Ethnic, Minority, and Multicultural Health SIG Course
Adapting Evidence-Based Interventions for Latino Medical Populations: Theoretical and Applied Considerations

9:00 am - 11:45 am   

Chair: C. Andres Bedoya, PhD
Co-Presenters: John S. Wiebe, PhD, Felipe Gonzalez Castro, PhD, MSW, Julia Lechuga, PhD

This 3-hour interactive workshop will provide an in-depth discussion on the process of culturally adapting evidence-based interventions for Latino medical populations. Presenters will discuss strategies used in adapting evidence-based prevention and treatment interventions, using examples from diverse clinical and public health settings. The workshop will address both the decision-making process and practical decision rules that can be applied along this path. This would include conceptualizing culture and context, selecting a framework and level of adaptation, identifying core intervention components, involving the target population and identifying factors that influence cultural relevance and adaptation mismatch. These issues will be addressed as relevant to Latinos, with an emphasis on practical strategies for resolving the competing imperatives of maintaining fidelity to the original intervention and adapting the intervention to meet the needs of the cultural group.

The workshop will have three phases.

Phase I- Didactic material on theory and empirically-based practice, with concrete research examples.

Phase II – Application of material through use of vignettes.

Phase III – Application of materials through intervention challenges presented by course attendees; general question and answer session.

Course 301:
Cancer SIG Course:
Mock Grant Review

9:00 am - 11:45 am   

Chair: Aimee James, PhD, MPH
Co-Presenters: Kristi D. Graves, PhD, Felicity W.K. Harper, PhD, MS, BA

The Mock Grant Review provides an in-depth look at how grants are reviewed and illustrate principles of successful grant writing. Attendees will observe a study section review actual grant proposals, learn about study section processes, receive tips about grant writing and responding to reviewer comments, and have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel. A select number of applicants (3-4) will be able to have their proposal reviewed during the seminar. Grants to be discussed are selected in a competitive manner for fit, breadth, and potential. The review panel is drawn from individuals with several years of grant reviewing experience, and will be tailored to the proposals under discussion.

Course 401:
Cancer SIG,Ethnic, Minority, and Multicultural Health SIG, International Society of Behavioral Medicine , and APA – Division 38 Course
Interventions across Cancer Care Continuum: Development, Dissemination, and the Promise of New Technology

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Chair: Michael A. Diefenbach, PhD

This pre-conference event has the overarching goal to inform attendees about the state of the science in intervention development, dissemination, and new technologies for cancer patients.  There will be three blocks of lectures by various speakers, each lasting approximately 1:45 min devoted to each of the three sub topics (i.e., intervention development, dissemination, new technology).  Block 1 will consist of an overview of theories in intervention research, intervention types (e.g., symptom management, emotional regulation, etc)  and behavioral interventions (e.g., smoking cessation, adherence, etc).  Block 2 will focus on screening promotion in diverse communities and the use of non-RCT methodology, treatment disparities in cancer care and survivorship and patient navigation among minority populations.   Block 3: will discuss web and mobile-based interventions, and their integration into  the clinic using electronic medical records.

This pre-conference event is co-sponsored by APA's Division 38 Health Psychology (Annette Stanton, PhD, President).  It is designed to be the first in a series of 3 linked events that will take place 2013 at the annual meetings of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the American Psychological Association, and 2014 during the annual meeting of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine.  It is our hope to attract members from each organization to attend these linked events and thus provide a forum for the exchange of ideas by researchers and clinicians who would normally not attend each others annual meetings.

Course 501:
Design and Conduct of Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials

12:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Chair: Peter G. Kaufmann, PhD

Randomized controlled trials are the standard objective method for evaluating efficacy and effectiveness of interventions in biomedical clinical research.   This workshop will present the principal challenges associated with the design of clinical trials involving behavioral interventions, discuss the principles underlying successful clinical trials, the critical role of control groups, and selection of informative primary outcome measures and other design characteristics.  While the session assumes only a modest level of familiarity with clinical trials, it may be of interest to individuals over a wider range of experience in clinical research.   If participants wish to have a specific clinical trials issue discussed, they are encouraged to contact the session chair in advance


  • Seven Principles of Successful Clinical Trials
    Lynda H. Powell, PhD
  • Design of Control Groups
    Kenneth E. Freedland, PhD
  • Design Options in Clinical Trials
    Peter G. Kaufmann, PhD
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