Behavior Change Grand Rounds

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Collaborating to Disseminate Worksite Health and Well-being Research

Jessica Grossmeier, PhD, MPH Mary Imboden, PhD

Date: August 30, 2018

Time: 1 p.m. ET

This webinar will provide SBM members with information about The Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) and its activities, as a way to identify opportunities for SBM members to disseminate their research and share expertise. Opportunities include contributing to articles in peer-reviewed journals, presenting research on HERO webinars, and promoting their research in HERO member newsletters. The webinar will also provide an overview of the HERO Scorecard and discuss its potential use as a research tool.

As Vice President, Research at HERO, Jessica Grossmeier oversees the direction and execution of the HERO research agenda. This includes providing research expertise and consultation to HERO study committees, serving as HERO's research liaison to external contractors and study collaborators, and serving as Principal Investigator for HERO-sponsored research studies. Dr. Grossmeier regularly publishes her research and commentaries in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presents at numerous national industry conferences. She is co-editor of The Art of Health Promotion in the American Journal of Health Promotion and has served in academic research and teaching roles at the University of Minnesota and the University of Phoenix.

Mary Imboden is HERO’s membership manager and research associate. As the membership manager, she is the point of contact for all HERO members. Mary’s research associate role engages her in HERO research committees and HERO-sponsored research projects. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, teaching courses in their Health Lifestyle Practitioner Program. Mary received her PhD in Human Bioenergetics from Ball State University with a primary focus in Clinical Exercise Physiology. She has been fortunate to author and co-author several peer-reviewed publications in this area, as well as present her research findings at the national level including the AHA, ACSM, and AACVPR conferences. She is an advocate for exercise as medicine, and to stay healthy and fit Mary runs and has most recently ventured into trail running since her move to Portland, Oregon.

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Michael Businelle, PhD



Using Smartphones to Identify and Intervene Upon Mechanisms of Behavior Change

Date: September 6, 2018

Time: 1 p.m. ET

Dr. Businelle will discuss his work using Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) data to estimate imminent risk of smoking lapse and intervene in real time with Just-in-Time Adaptive Interventions (JITAI). He will also provide an overview of the versatile Insight mHealth Platform, which facilitates the development of advanced mobile apps that aim to prevent cancer and other chronic diseases (i.e., mental, physical), supplement treatments, and improve quality of life. The intended audience includes researchers at all career levels (e.g., pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, faculty) who are interested in using smartphones as data collection and/or intervention tools.

Dr. Michael Businelle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and a member of the Stephenson Cancer Center (SCC). Over the past 17 years his research has focused on testing novel treatments and reducing health disparities in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. Dr. Businelle earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2007 and completed a 2.5 year, NCI funded, postdoctoral fellowship in Cancer Prevention Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2009. His postdoctoral training was primarily focused on using ecological momentary assessment (EMA) techniques and advanced statistical methods (e.g., structural equation modeling) to test conceptual models of the mechanisms through which socioeconomic disadvantage influences smoking cessation. Since 2011, he has been the PI on 11 intervention studies that have been funded by the NIH, ACS, and internal funds and he has over 100 peer reviewed publications in the areas of smoking cessation, health disparities, and mHealth.

Dr. Businelle was recruited to the OUHSC in October 2015 to develop and direct the SCC Mobile Health (mHealth) Shared Resource. The mHealth resource is staffed by 4 programmers, a program manager, and a research technician. In the past 2 years, his team has developed the Insight mHealth platform. The Insight platform enables researchers to rapidly create mobile applications that can utilize ecological momentary assessments (EMA) and sensor data (i.e., activity monitor, mobile carbon monoxide monitor, e-cigarette device) to identify environmental, cognitive, affective, physiological, and behavioral antecedents of cancer risk behaviors (e.g., smoking, heavy alcohol use, poor diet / inactivity / obesity, etc.) and deliver context-specific adaptive interventions in real time. The mHealth resource currently supports over 20 smartphone based studies (9 NIH funded; 2 of these studies are collecting data outside the US – Cambodia, and Scotland).

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Megan Shen, PhD  

Transition from Postdoctoral Fellowship to Junior Faculty

Date: September 20, 2018

Time: 1 p.m. ET

This webinar will discuss tips and techniques applicable to transitioning from a postdoctoral fellow to a junior faculty member, including how to lead a team, project management, time management, and grant management. The intended audience for this webinar would be those who are currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship, those on the job market, and recently hired junior faculty members.

Megan Shen, PhD is formally trained as a social and experimental psychologist, with specialized training in patient-provider communication. Dr. Shen is currently Assistant Professor of Psychology in Medicine at the Center for Research on End-of-Life Care at Weill Cornell Medicine. Broadly, her research focuses on understanding and improving provider-patient communication within oncology and critical care settings. Specifically, Dr. Shen’s research has examined how aspects such as culture, religion, stigma, and other social psychological concepts influence communication and decision-making regarding end-of-life care. Some of her current research focuses on developing social psychological and communication-based interventions designed to improve engagement in advance care planning (ACP) and end-of-life care communication and care outcomes among minority patients, including African American and Latino cancer patients. As a recent recipient of a K07 award, Dr. Shen aims to build her research in intervention development to improve engagement in ACP and end-of-life communication and care outcomes among Latino advanced cancer patients. Dr. Shen’s research aims to improve end-of-life care outcomes and reduce health disparities among underserved minority populations through the development and dissemination of social psychological interventions.

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