Course 101: Theories and Techniques of Behaviour Change Interventions SIG and Diabetes SIG Course: “Using Theory in Implementation Science”

9:00 am – 5:00 pm    

Full/Associate/Emeritus Members: $131;  Student/Trainees or Transitional Members: $85; Non-Members: $185
Beverages to be included

Chairs: Laura Damschroder, MS, MPH, VA Center for Clinical Management Research; Professor Susan Michie, BA, MPhil, DPhil, University College of London
Presenters: Caroline R. Richardson, MD, Ann Arbor VA Medical Center, University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine; Jennifer K. Carroll, MD, MPH, University of Rochester Medical Center; Rob Petrella, PhD, Western University

Voices calling for more relevant, rapid, and responsive research are increasing in volume and urgency. An increasing number of research funding agencies are calling for innovative, impactful, and theory-based research in dissemination, implementation, and sustainability.  This course will provide breadth and depth of information about novel approaches in applying theory to improve study impact and translatability while, at the same time, building the evidence-base for effective implementation strategies and techniques. The morning session will start off with a practical example of a real world implementation problem, specifically implementation barriers in diabetes prevention programs.   That will be followed by framing and linking multiple strands of implementation theory. Then participants will hear about and engage in active discussions and hands-on applications throughout the day about approaches and methods to apply theory at the individual and organizational levels of change.  Familiarity with implementation research principles is encouraged but not required.

Please bring a device (e.g., laptop) that will allow you to download electronic materials for this course. They will be posted on the Diabetes SIG page online: by Friday April 11th. We will also provide copies on USB drives onsite from which materials can be copied to your device.

Course 201: Cancer SIG Course: “Mock Grant Review”

9:00 am – 11:45 am  

Full/Associate/Emeritus Members: $91; Student/Trainees or Transitional Members: $61; Non-Members: $106
Beverages to be included

Chair: Aimee S. James, PhD, MPH, Washington University in St. Louis

For this session, we will solicit grant proposals. Several (usually about 4) proposals will be selected to be reviewed during the session. Experienced study section reviewers will review the grant application during the sessions. Applicants are invited to attend to hear the reviews and ask questions, and to get experience reviewing each others’ applications. Other attendees observe the study section process, hear the language of grant reviews, and have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel. Through the process, reviewers address characteristics of success proposals, and common flaws encountered. The session concludes with opportunity for questions and answers from the panel.

Course 301: Integrated Primary Care SIG Course: "Boot Camp for Building Integrated Primary Care Behavioral Health Training Programs”

9:00 am – 11:45 am  

Full/Associate/Emeritus Members: $91; Student/Trainees or Transitional Members: $61; Non-Members: $106
Beverages to be included

Chair: Mark E. Vogel, PhD, Genesys Regional Medical Center
Co-Presenter: Nancy Ruddy, PhD

This pre-conference course will provide practical tools for those programs considering developing a training experience for behavioral health clinicians working in primary care.  The "boot camp" will provide learner with practical and efficient tools to move from concept to implementation.

Many primary care settings are ideal settings for trainings programs for psychologists and other healthcare professionals to learn integrated care.  In fact, a recent survey, documented that faculty in Family Medicine residency programs are interested in starting behavioral training programs but don’t feel equipped to do so.  Opportunities exist in developing training programs at all levels of the training sequence (practicum, internship, and post-doctoral).

The “drill” instructors will demonstrate how such programs might be funded and supported, administration structure options, supervision issues, and the legal issues involved.  Additionally, quality assurance mechanisms would be highlighted.  Opportunities to be mentored by others who have developed these types of programs would be presented.

This pre-conference event is co-sponsored by the Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Council (CCHPTP) along with the Integrated Primary Care SIG.

Course 401: “Design and Conduct of Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials”

9:00 am – 11:45 am 

Full/Associate/Emeritus Members: $114; Student/Trainees or Transitional Members: $84; Non-Members: $129
Breakfast to be included

Chair: Peter G. Kaufmann, PhD, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Co-Presenters: Lynda H. Powell, PhD, Rush University Medical Center; Kenneth E. Freedland, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine

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.

Course 501: Technology SIG (formally Behavioral Informatics SIG) Course: Building a Better e-Intervention: “A Workshop on How to Create Usable, Enjoyable, and Effective e-Health User Experiences”

12:00 pm – 2:45 pm 

Full/Associate/Emeritus Members: $75; Student/Trainees or Transitional Members: $45; Non-Members: $95

Presenters: Eric Hekler, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ; Pedja Klasnja, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Erika Poole, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA; Tamara Peyton, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA; Julie Wright, PhD, UMass Boston, Boston, MA

Have you ever wondered why some e-Health interventions succeed at promoting behavior change, but others fail?  While increasing evidence suggests that technologies such as text messaging, websites, smartphone apps, and social networks can promote health behavior change, many times the low usability hampers the overall effectiveness of the e-Health intervention. Factors such as how well the technology integrates into a person’s life, how ease it is to interact with it, how enjoyable it is to use greatly influence an e-Health intervention’s chances of success. The discipline of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) explores novel ways to make technologies more useful AND usable in everyday life (Poole, 2013).  In this workshop, HCI experts and behavioral scientists with experience using HCI design processes and collaborating with HCI researchers will  introduce an overarching development process for improving user experience in e-Health interventions. Three core design skills will be covered: 1) rapid ethnographic-inspired requirements gathering using mobile phones; 2) sketching in small groups for idea generation; and 3) the creation of low- and medium- fidelity prototypes to hone design specifications and operationally define theoretical constructs.  This workshop is intended for behavioral scientists who have an idea for an e-Health application, or want to improve upon the design of empirically-tested e-Health intervention. No technology development or artistic skills are required.

Course 701: Cancer SIG and American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) Course: “Palliative and End of Life Care: Research and Clinical Perspectives”

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm  

Full/Associate/Emeritus Members: $127; Student/Trainees or Transitional Members: $89; Non-Members: $147
Snack to be included

12:00 pm – 12:15pm
Welcome & Introduction
Michael A. Diefenbach, PhD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY; Suzanne M. Miller, PhD, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA; and Joseph A. Greer, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, MA

12:15 pm – 1:30pm
Session 1

  • Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Cancer Patients
    William Breitbart, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
  • Psychosocial Care for the Cancer Caregiver: The State of the Science and Future Directions
    Allison Applebaum, PhD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
  • Discussant
    Lynne Padgett, PhD, National Cancer Institute, Rockville, MD

1:30 pm – 2:00pm

2:00 pm – 3:15pm
Session 2

  • Early Integration of Palliative and Oncology Care
    Joseph A. Greer, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, MA
  • Tailoring Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Patients with Advanced Cancer
    Lara N. Traeger, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Discussant
    Paul B. Jacobsen, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Session 3

  • End of Life Communication
    Marcin Chwistek, MD, FAAHPM, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
  • Hypnosis to Control the Symptoms and Side Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment: Implications for Palliative Care
    Guy H. Montgomery, PhD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
  • Practical Considerations to Implementing Hypnosis Interventions for Cancer Patients
    Guy H. Montgomery, PhD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

Course 801: Ethnic, Minority and Multicultural Health SIG Course: “Assessment Strategies and Methodologies for Research with Diverse Populations: Translations and Transcreations”

3:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Full/Associate/Emeritus Members: $75; Student/Trainees or Transitional Members: $45; Non-Members: $90

Chairs: John S. Wiebe, PhD, University of Texas at El Paso; Sabrina Ford, PhD, Michigan State University; and Cathy D. Meade, PhD, RN, FAAN, Moffitt Cancer Center
Co-Presenter: Osvaldo Morera, PhD, University of Texas at El Paso

This pre-conference workshop, sponsored by the Ethnic, Minority, and Multicultural Health SIG, calls attention the evidence base for developing, adapting and translating research instruments, interventions and materials for diverse, multilingual and multiethnic audiences. Drawing from the current literature and the extensive backgrounds of the presenters, didactic and interactive examples illustrate the application of the empirical base for developing instruments and interventions across diverse languages, literacy level and cultures. A number of methodological considerations are instruments, statistical assessment of measurement invariance, and transcreation steps that take into account culture and literacy to enhance the saliency of an intervention.