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Taking Science to the Trenches:  Dissemination and Implementation Research in Collaborative Family Healthcare
Tuesday, August 19 at 1:00 PM EST

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Too little of our traditional science often fails to make a meaningful impact in the real world.  The emerging field of Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Science tries to remedy that by bringing research to the trenches.  If you are an administrator or clinician who wants to conduct program evaluation in a way that has impact beyond your own clinic, or if you are an academic who wants to make your findings impact the “endpoint,” this webinar is for you!

Drs. Jodi Polaha and Tina Studts recently attended the Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH), sponsored by NIH, OBSSR, NCI, NIMH, the US Department of Veterans affairs, and Washington University in St. Louis. Their presentation will provide an overview of the cutting edge field of (D&I) research in the context of collaborative family healthcare. In addition, they will share insights about the methods and approaches used in D&I research, the current momentum and opportunities in D&I research, ad resources available from TIDIRH.


1.  Discuss the problems with our current research paradigm in getting evidence to the endpoint.

2.  Discuss the characteristics of dissemination and implementation research.

3.  Describe examples of D & I consistent studies.

4.  List examples of specific models and measures used in this new research strategy.


Our Speakers:

 Dr. Jodi Polaha is aa pediatric psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at East Tennessee State University.  She is a "pracademic" with as much of her 15 year career devoted to training students in integrated practice as to its scientific study.  She is credited with developing more than 15 integrated pediatric training sites, has personally trained over one hundred psychology graduate students, interns, and post docs, and has received over $900,000 in external funding for training and serivce related projects.  This "boots on the ground" exposure is essential to her research program, which is focused on translating evidence based treatments to rural pediatric primary care.  Her research portfolio includes past NIH funding and specialized training in dissemination and implementation science.


Dr. Christina Studts is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health.  Her training is in social work, public health, and biostatistics.  she has obtained additional intensive methodological training through NIH-sponsored institutes in the design and conduct of randomized clinical trials for behavioral interventions and in the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions in health.  Dr. Studts is also a licensed clincal social worker with extensive practice experience in community mental health, primary care, and school settings.  Her clinical experience and research training converge on a specific translational research focus:  the delivery of evidence-based health promotion interventions in underserved populations.  Within this context, she has a strong interest in the early identification and prevention of disruptive behavior disorders in preschool-aged children

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