Implementation Development Workshops & Pre-Conference Workshops
Thursday, September 7, 2017

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Implementation Development Workshops

The next IDW will occur in the morning of the SIRC 2017 pre-conference (September 7th). Please note, this is an invited event for members of our Network of Expertise (NoE). If you are interested in becoming a member of the NoE, please send an email to

What is an Implementation Development Workshop (IDW)?

In contrast to the conference on Friday and Saturday at which we are hearing the results of ongoing and past projects, the Implementation Development Workshop (IDW) focuses on early works-in-progress where feedback can (a) have a helpful and substantial impact on the developing project and (b) lead to a useful discussion of cutting edge issues in implementation.

For Researchers: Research projects in development may be grant proposals, dissertations, observational studies, or pilot projects. The goal is to increase the impact and innovation of the study’s aims, design, or methods.

For EBP Champions, Policy Makers, Trainers, Consultants, and other Intermediaries:  Implementation projects in development (with or without evaluation). Examples of implementation projects would include: roll-out of a new EBP in an agency or division, implementation of a measurement-based care system, planning a consultation or supervision structure as follow-up to an EBP training, quality improvement project to change EHR templates… Any project that involves doing dissemination and implementation.  The goal is to use our expertise, experience, and the empirical literature to assist the presenter with planning the most successful implementation project possible.

Presentations for the IDW are works-in-progress, where feedback can (a) have a helpful and substantial impact on the developing project or proposal and (b) lead to a useful discussion of cutting-edge issues in implementation. Presenters will have 45 minutes, of which 10-20 minutes will be to present their project (without using technology; i.e., no power point), and 20-40 minutes for feedback coordinated by a facilitator. A notetaker will record notes of the feedback so the presenter can be involved in the discussion.

For every presenter, we are hoping for 3-4 participants, so we would love to have you join us even if you don’t have a project you would like to present about. The facilitated discussion generally hits on cutting-edge issues in D&I and everyone learns a lot.

For more information as well as testimonials and research evaluation, please see the SIRC website . If you have any questions about whether you should come or whether your project makes sense to present, please email and you will be put in touch with a SIRC Core Committee member who can provide advice. We are hoping for a student-focused and military/Veteran-focused subgroups.

Pre-Conference Workshops
Workshops 1, 2, 3: 1:30pm-5:00pm, $150
Workshop 4: 1:30pm-3:00pm, $15

Workshop 1: “An Overview of Old and New Design and Analysis Methods for Causal Inference in Implementation Research

Presenter: Donna Spiegelman, Sc.D., is a Professor of Epidemiologic Methods at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. She is one of the few people in the world with a joint doctorate in Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and the first epidemiologist to receive an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award. Dr. Spiegelman’s research is motivated by problems which arise in epidemiology, nutrition, environmental health and global health, and require biostatistical solutions. Her previous work focused on methods for study design and data analysis which reduce bias in estimation and inference due to measurement error or misclassification in the exposure variable. More recently, she has focused on developing methods for implementation science, and applying them to preventive interventions to reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and the global diabetes and cardiovascular disease epidemics.

Workshop Description: Implementation science is a relatively new field of inquiry, and methods are under development. In some cases, existing methods from epidemiology, biostatistics, health economics, social and behavior science apply directly, and the challenge is to appropriately disseminate them so implementation scientists can take full advantage. In other cases, new methods are needed. As part of my NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, I am supported to work on both of these fronts. This workshop will provide an overview of methods for causal inference in implementation research. Topics to be addressed will include many of the following: the design of cluster randomized trials, stepped wedge studies, learn as you go and two stage designs, basics of causal inference including extensions allowing for dissemination of effects in networks, analysis of randomized studies, analysis of observational studies including individual vs group level vs mixed level data, control for measured confounding – standard, propensity scores, IPW, Instrumental variables, control for unmeasured confounders — before-after, interrupted time series, and regression discontinuity. In regard to the latter, suggestions from the audience will be encouraged.

Workshop 2: “Using Concept Mapping in Implementation Science and Practice: Methods, Applications, and Opportunities

Presenters: Byron J. Powell, PhD, LCSW, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and a Research Fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, where he is affiliated with the Program on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Systems and Services Research. His Research focuses on efforts to improve the quality of health, behavioral health, and social services by 1) identifying contextual barriers and facilitators to implementing evidence-based practices in routine care, 2) identifying and assessing the effectiveness of implementation strategies, and 3) developing methods for tailoring implementation strategies to address determinants of effective implementation. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation.

Gregory Aarons, PhD is a clinical and organizational psychologist, Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego and Director: Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC).  His research, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control focuses on identifying and improving system, organizational, and individual factors that support implementation and sustainment of evidence-based practices and quality of care in health care and public sector allied health care settings. Dr. Aarons’ current work focuses on developing and testing leadership and organization support strategies and training supervisors to become effective leaders to support evidence-based practice implementation and sustainment. He has over 160 peer-review publications, numerous invited presentations, and developed the Evidence-Based Practice Attitude Scale and the Implementation Leadership Scale.  He is also co-developer of the Exploration, Preparation, Implementation, Sustainment (EPIS) implementation framework.

Workshop Description: Concept mapping is a participatory, mixed methods approach to organizing the ideas of a group to form a common framework. It has been used to address a number of implementation-related objectives, including identifying barriers and facilitators, assessing fidelity, categorizing and rating implementation strategies, and identifying research priorities. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce attendees to the concept mapping methodology, provide examples of its use within the field of implementation science and practice, and to suggest opportunities through which it could be leveraged to advance the field. Attendees will be given the basic tools to use concept mapping in their work, and will obtain resources for further learning.

Workshop 3: “Capacity Building to Sustain Implementation of EBPs: Perspectives from the Macro, Meso, and Micro Levels”


Nancy McDonald, MA, CAC, LPC Director or Quality Management, Department of Human Services, County of Chester Pennsylvania




Helen Best, M.Ed., President, Treatment Implementation Collaborative, LLC




Ron Gengler, MS LMHC, Chief Operating Officer, Comprehensive Healthcare





Dan Fox, MSW, LICSW, CMHS, MHP, Clinical Manager, Sexual Assault and Family Trauma Center, Lutheran Community Services Northwest





Matthew Ditty, DSW, LCSW, Director and Clinical Social Worker, The Ebright Collaborative, LLC




Maria Monroe-DeVita, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the University of Washington School of Medicine



Workshop Description: This workshop is open to clinicians, researchers, and trainers alike and will feature funders, purveyors, and trainers, as well as agency administrators, supervisors, and providers all focused on how implementation of EBPs can be sustained at the agency and system levels from each of their perspectives and experiences. While some of the challenges of implementing EBPs in large systems will be presented, this workshop will aim to focus on what has worked based on the presenters’ wide range of experiences and will provide solutions to difficulties that may arise in specific practical service settings. Time will be allotted for audience participation and sharing of experiences across the various implementation levels.

Workshop 4: “Finding and Securing D&I Research Funding for Students and Post-Docs”

Presenters: Shannon Dorsey, PhD, is Associate Professor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington, with adjunct appointments in Global Health and Psychiatry. Her research is on evidence-based treatments (EBTs) for children and adolescents, with a focus on dissemination and implementation of EBTs domestically and globally. Current studies include a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of supervision, a middle-manager facilitation intervention pilot, and a RCT in Tanzania and Kenya using task-sharing, where lay counselors with little to no mental health experience deliver EBT. She is a mentor on one K award and one F31 award and is a consultant on a number of F31s and K awards. With colleagues at UW, she recently submitted a T32 application.

Bryce D. McLeod, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital and is licensed in the state of Virginia. Dr. McLeod is the author or co-author of over 60 scientific articles, book chapters, and books. His books include Child Anxiety Disorders: A Family-Based Treatment Manual for Practitioners (Norton) and Diagnostic and Behavioral Assessment in Children and Adolescents: A Clinical Guide (Guilford). He is currently an Associate Editor of Behavior Therapy and is a standing member on the NIH Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health Study Section. He has served on local, national, and international committees focused on evidence-based practice for children and adolescents. The recipient of NIMH, NIDA, and IES grant awards, his clinical and research interests include youth diagnostic and behavioral assessment, child anxiety disorders, treatment integrity research, provider training and supervision, and the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in community settings. He has served as a mentor for junior faculty on career development awards, post-docs, graduate students, and undergraduate students for national and international mentees.

Christopher Kemp, MPH, is a PhD student in the Implementation Science program of the University of Washington Department of Global Health. His primary research interests include mental health, HIV, stigma, and health systems. Christopher is supporting the scale-up of integrated primary mental health services in rural South Africa. He is researching the barriers and facilitators of nurse screening and referral for common mental disorders as part of chronic care, and will soon be funded under an NRSA predoctoral fellowship.

Kayne Mettert, BA is a post-bac currently working as a research specialist at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) in Seattle, WA. His current research focuses on measurement of implementation outcomes and constructs and the psychometric and pragmatic quality of these measures. He is funded by an NIMH awarded ‘diversity supplement’ grant that is an accessory to a parent R01 grant led by Dr. Cara Lewis. Kayne’s supplement award aims to assess methodological quality of measurement studies and evaluate the ability of measures to predict implementation outcomes.

Elena Navarro, BA is a post-baccalaureate research specialist who graduated from Indiana University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with Departmental Honors and a minor in Folklore and Ethnomusicology. She currently works on Dr. Cara Lewis’ R01 “Standardized versus Tailored Implementation of Measurement-Based Care for Depression (iMBC)” using social network analysis to examine the role of social networks on implementation of MBC. During her senior year at IU, she was awarded a 2-year diversity supplement to explore how clinicians’ social networks influence their use of MBC and examine how network interventions facilitate the use of MBC by altering existing networks.

Miriam Rafferty, DPT, PhD, is a post-doctoral fellow in Health Services and Outcomes Research at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, whose current research training focuses on implementation science. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Washington University in St. Louis, her Board Certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy while working at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), and her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has over 10 years of clinical experience providing physical therapy and researching exercise interventions for people with neurologic disorders. Within her clinical practice, she has developed both outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation programs for people across the stages of Parkinson’s disease. As a PhD student and postdoctoral fellow, she has been funded by the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Clinical and Translational Science, the Foundation for Physical Therapy, the National Parkinson Foundation, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Workshop Description: This workshop will provide information on finding and securing student funding for D&I research and will consist of a panel of both students who have successfully secured D&I research funding (i.e., NIMH F31, Diversity Supplement) as well as faculty members who have mentored students who have successfully procured D&I research funding and have also served as grant reviewers (e.g., NIMH F31/F32 study section). A brief overview of several D&I research funding mechanisms for undergraduate students, graduate students, post-bacs, and post-docs will be provided. The panelists will then discuss their experiences and provide helpful tips and information about the process. Finally, the remainder of the workshop will be open for Q&A with the panelists.