Bridging policy research and implementation science

Beth McGinty, PhD | April 25, 2023: Policy implementation is a key but often-ignored aspect of policy effectiveness. Public policy research typically considers the effects of having versus not having a policy on outcomes, without considering whether and how the policy was implemented – even though the effects of policies on their intended outcome depend…

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Prosocial Behaviors as a Marker of Health and Enhancer of Well-Being

Gustavo Carlo, PhD | April 18, 2023: Drawing upon a strengths-based, cultural assets perspective, I will present evidence on the growth properties of prosocial behaviors and assert the need to incorporate prosocial behaviors as a marker of health and well being. The presentation will focus on risk and protective correlates and consequences of prosocial behaviors…

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A cost-effectiveness analysis of telemedicine and mobile health interventions to support continuing care

Andrew Quanbeck, PhD | April 11, 2023: This presentation reports the cost-effectiveness analysis from a fully powered randomized clinical trial that featured a head-to-head comparison between telemedicine and digital health interventions for providing continuing care for patients with alcohol use disorder. A telemedicine intervention (telephone monitoring and counseling: TMC) and a mobile health intervention (Alcohol…

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Swimming Downstream to Catch Upstream Prevention

Lisa Saldana, PhD | March 31, 2023: FAIR (Families Actively Improving Relationships) is an evidence-based practice for parents referred to the child welfare system. Treatment addresses substance use (primarily opioids and/or methamphetamine), mental health, parenting, and ancillary needs. FAIR is community-based and relies on collaboration with service and community partners. As part of the NIH…

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Charting an Interdisciplinary Course to Advance Policy D&I and Reduce the Research to Policy Gap

Erika Crable, PhD | May 16, 2023: The ‘research to policy gap’ describes the failure to translate research findings into real-world, evidence-informed policies. This gap is dangerous to health systems and population health, but dissemination and implementation science (D&I) is poised to address this pervasive problem by designing effective strategies that promote evidence-informed policy and…

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Does evidence-based practice have any meaning for implementation science?

Brian Mittman, PhD | February 28, 2023: Full realization of the societal benefits of our work in implementation science requires high levels of successful sustainment (maintenance) and scale-up/spread of our implementation strategies and the effective practices we strive to implement. This presentation offers a series of questions we should ask, and recommendations for actions we…

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A Proposed Framework for Designing Trials Evaluating the Effectiveness and Implementation

Theresa Matson, PhD and Joseph Glass, PhD | February 21, 2023: Background: Clinicians and community health workers may wish to use digital interventions to reach more patients with unhealthy substance use, optimize costs of care, and improve outcomes. However, digital interventions have unique implementation considerations (e.g., technology infrastructure, digital literacy, monitoring and follow-up) and may…

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