The Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) is a society dedicated to facilitating communication and collaboration between implementation research teams, researchers, and community providers. SIRC aims to bring together researchers and stakeholders committed to the rigorous evaluation of implementation of evidence based psychosocial interventions.
President: Cara C. Lewis, PhD
The SIRC president plans the next conference, represents SIRC, calls meetings, oversees initiatives and coordinates the other officers. Cara Lewis is an assistant professor at Indiana University. She is an established implementation researcher with two NIMH-funded R01s focused on leveraging measurement to improve mental health services in community-based settings.
Past-President: Kate Comtois, PhD, MPH
The past president advises the president. Kate Comtois is associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She is an EBP Champion as she directs a clinic in which she has been implementing EBPs as well as an Intermediary – providing training and consultation on Dialectical Behavior Therapy implementation.
Secretary: Jill Locke, PhD
The secretary schedules meetings, takes minutes, tracks tasks, monitors the website and firstname.lastname@example.org email. Jill Locke, PhD, is a research assistant professor in the UW Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. Her research interests are in implementing and sustaining evidence-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder in school settings.
Membership Chair: Sara J. Landes, PhD
The membership chair oversees membership, collects dues, and conducts initiatives to increase membership of under-represented groups. Sara Landes is currently a psychologist at the VA’s National Center for PTSD and an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the Center for Implementation Research. Her research interests are in implementing evidence-based psychotherapies in large health care systems such as the VA, with a focus on treatments for suicide.
Treasurer: Andria Pierson, MEd
The treasurer manages the budget and accounts and forecasts funds for future conferences and initiatives. Andria Pierson is currently the SIRC Conference Coordinator at the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her background is in continuing education program management and curriculum development for executive level and international student programs.
Communications Chair: Aaron Lyon, PhD
The communications chair organizes and coordinates SIRC marketing, social networking, liaising with related initiatives and outreach to stakeholders as well as the content of SIRC webpages. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and Co-Director of the School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center. His research interests include (1) the identification and implementation of low-cost, high-yield practices – such as the use of routine outcome monitoring / measurement-based care – to reduce the gap between typical and optimal practice in low-resource service contexts, and (2) development and adaptation of health-information technologies for use by community-based practitioners.
The program chair co-leads development of the conference vision with the President and organizes the biennial conference. Cameo Stanick, PhD, is Vice President of Clinical Practice, Training, and Research and Evaluation at Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services in Los Angeles. With Drs. Cara Lewis, Bryan Weiner, and Byron Powell, Dr. Stanick leads the NIMH-funded R01 for the Instrument Review Project. Her research and clinical work focuses on dissemination and implementation of EBPs in community- and school-based mental health settings, with specific emphasis on childhood trauma.
EBP Champion Task Force Chair: Doyanne Darnell, PhD
The EBP Champion Task Force chair leads an effort to increase EBP Champion involvement and ensure that SIRC’s efforts advance the tenets of relevance, efficiency, and collaboration. She is an acting assistant professor at the University of Washington, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. Her research focuses on the development and implementation of evidence-based screening and intervention with trauma populations to address alcohol use problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, and related behavioral health comorbidities.
Technology Chair: Phil Fizur, MA
The technology chair oversees and programs the website and related online initiatives. Phil Fizur is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at La Salle University. He is currently on internship at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in the department of psychiatry.
Chair of New Investigator Network of Expertise: Ajeng Puspitasari, PhD
The chair of the new investigator network of expertise (NoE) leads this division of the NoE to provide support and guidance to those who are New Investigator NoE members. Ajeng is a post-doctoral fellow at Indiana University. Ajeng received her doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her primary research interests focus on examining strategies to improve the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based psychological treatment in developed and developing countries.
Student Officers: Brigid Marriott, BSc & Rebecca Lengnick-Hall, MSSW & MPaff
The student representatives lead the Student mentoring program and provide support to the SIRC officers as needed to maximize SIRC conferences and initiatives.
Brigid Marriott is a second year clinical graduate student in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri. She has experience with implementing EBPs, specifically CBT and measurement based care in community-based settings, with a focus on tailored methods and social psychology informed implementation interventions.
Rebecca Lengnick-Hall is a doctoral student in the social work program at the University of Southern California. She is interested in understanding how practitioners perceive, adapt, and sustain EBPs.
Student Secretary Officers: Lindsay Frederick, BSc & Jordan Thayer, MA
The Student Secretary Officer assists the secretary by taking minutes, managing emails, and organizing meetings. Lindsay Frederick is a Research Coordinator with Dr. Jill Locke in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington. Lindsay’s research interests include improving the implementation of evidence-based practices in community settings. Specifically, she is interested in addressing barriers to healthcare education, implementation, and access.
Student Membership Officer: April Highlander
The Student Membership Officer assists the Membership Chair with membership communications and conducting membership outreach in the service of reaching membership targets. April Highlander is a fourth year undergraduate in the Department of Psychology at West Virginia University. Her research interests include the implementation and dissemination of EBP’s for children and adolescents as well as cultural considerations in EBP’s.
The Student Communications Officer assists the Communications Chair with representing SIRC in the social media landscape, as well as the website and mailing list. Carrie Jackson is a second year doctoral student in the Clinical Child Psychology program at West Virginia University. She has primary interests in the implementation of trauma-focused EBPs in community and school settings, with an emphasis on how provider- and organizational-level characteristics influence implementation.
Student Program Chair: Madeline Larson, BA
The Program Student Officer aids in the development of the biennial conference with the Program Chair and manages the student program committee. Madeline is a first year doctoral student in the school psychology program at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include improving the delivery of school-based metal health services for students and educators by focusing on individual-level and organizational factors that enhance the implementation and sustainability of EBPs in school settings. Madeline is also interested in the development and utilization of innovative health technologies and
information systems to improve the delivery of mental health services in educational settings.
History and Inspiration
Some years ago, Evidence-Based Psychosocial Interventions (EBPIs) were unusual. Most clinicians provided eclectic treatment that had never been evaluated empirically. Over the past 50 years, many treatments have been tested and evidence-based treatments evolved. In the process, rigorous methodologies developed for evaluating the process and outcomes of EBPIs.
Historically, there was little interest in the community to use EBPIs. Over the past two decades, collaboration with clinicians and policymakers has increased support for EBPIs. Now community providers need to learn and use EBPIs. Researchers, universities, and training organizations have begun consulting on and researching how to meet this demand.
It is time for training and implementation strategies to be held to the same empirical standard as the interventions themselves. Otherwise, the implementation of EBPIs can not be sustained.
Fortunately, implementation research teams are taking on this challenge. They have developed creative and cutting edge ideas to successfully train and implement EBPIs, as well as new methodological approaches to evaluate the results. Little has been published and often these teams aren’t aware of each others’ progress. This lack of dialogue is leading to unnecessary repetition of work and the absence of common methods, measures, and standards for implementation research.
The goal of Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) is to facilitate communication and collaboration among implementation research teams, researchers and community providers. Our goal is successful models of EBPI implementation, but efficient but rigorous methodologies to evaluate the process and outcomes of further implementation innovation.
In addition to the conferences, we have created a community of stakeholders interested in implementation research, the SIRC Network of Expertise. We are also developing this website to disseminate important publications, presentations, instruments, etc.