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: Byron Powell, PhD, LCSW
The SIRC president plans the next conference, represents SIRC, calls meetings, oversees initiatives and coordinates the other officers. Byron Powell is an Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Mental Health Services Research at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Byron’s research focuses on efforts to improve the quality of behavioral health and social services. His scholarship has focused on barriers and facilitators to implementing evidence-based practices; designing, tailoring, and assessing the effectiveness of implementation strategies; and advancing implementation research methods.
Past-President: Sara J. Landes, PhD
The past president advises the president. Sara Landes is currently an associate professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the Center for Implementation Research and the Associate Director of the Behavioral Health QUERI and a clinical psychologist in the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. 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.
Founder and Past-President: Kate Comtois, PhD, MPH
The past president advises the president. Kate Comtois is a full 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. She is the founder of SIRC and was PI of the NIMH conference grant from which SIRC began.
Secretary: Alicia Bunger, PhD
The secretary schedules meetings, takes minutes, tracks tasks, monitors the website and firstname.lastname@example.org email. Dr. Alicia Bunger is an associate professor at the College of Social Work at Ohio State University. Dr. Bunger investigates strategies for promoting coordinated, high-quality care among human service organizations. Currently, her work focuses on implementing interventions that depend on collaboration across behavioral health and other social service systems.
Membership Chair: Cameo Stanick, PhD
The membership chair oversees membership, collects dues, and conducts initiatives to increase membership of under-represented groups. 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 led 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.
Treasurer: Andria Pierson, MEd
The treasurer manages the budget and accounts and forecasts funds for future conferences and initiatives. Andria is Program Manager for the Military Suicide Research Consortium Dissemination & Implementation Core and Training Manager for the Center for Suicide Prevention and Recovery (CSPaR) at the University of Washington. Her background is in continuing education program management and curriculum development for scientific, public sector, and international student programs.
Conference Chair: Elizabeth H. Connors, PhD
The conference chair leads development of the conference vision with the President and organizes the biennial conference. Elizabeth Connors is an Assistant Professor at Yale University, in the Division of Prevention and Community Research and in the Child Study Center. Elizabeth is a clinical-community psychologist and her research focuses on effective strategies to implement evidence-based mental health prevention, early intervention and treatment practices in school and community settings.
Chair of Practitioner Network of Expertise: Sapana Patel, PhD
The SIRC Practitioner Network of Expertise is comprised of experts on the principles and process of EBP implementation – that which occurs outside of research environments – including policy makers, administrators, intermediaries, and providers. Dr. Patel is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology and the Director of Strategic Planning and Curriculum Development at the Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) at Columbia Psychiatry and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. In her role at the CPI, a large state-funded intermediary organization, she oversees activities that require diverse stakeholder engagement including patients, families, providers and payers to deliver training and implementation support (e.g. organizational) for the NY state behavioral health workforce and to develop resources for individuals with mental illness and their families. Dr. Patel’s research focuses on adaptation of EBPs in large scale implementation, implementation strategies for workforce development, and implementation of mHealth technologies in public sector settings.
Technology Chair: Phil Fizur, PsyD
The technology chair oversees and programs the website and related online initiatives. Phil Fizur is a licensed clinical psychologist at Cooper University Health Care where he primarily focuses on implementation of evidenced based treatments for psychological factors associated with increased resource utilization.
Social Chair: Lisa Saldana, PhD
The social chair organizes and coordinates SIRC social events during the SIRC conference including dinners, fun runs, and other activities. In addition, the social chair organizes events for SIRC members to gather across the year and while attending other conferences. Dr. Lisa Saldana, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist at Oregon Social Learning Center in Eugene Oregon. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology and has a research emphasis on implementation science and intervention development for children and families involved in public serving systems. Dr. Saldana has developed strategies and standardized assessment tools to facilitate understanding of implementation processes and milestones, and the resources needed to achieve them. She has developed interventions for both child welfare workforce and treatment providers, targeting the use of evidence-based practice throughout all aspects of service delivery.
Chair of New Investigator Network of Expertise: Joanna Moulin, PhD
The chair of the new investigator network of expertise (NoE) lead this division of the NoE to provide support and guidance to those who are New Investigator NoE members. Joanna Moulin is a lecturer at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. A pharmacist by profession, she now focuses on implementation research across a range of diverse clinical and community settings, and has an interest in measurement development and testing.
Chair of Established Investigator Network of Expertise: Shannon Wiltsey Stirman, PhD
The chair of the established investigator network of expertise (NoE) lead this division of the NoE to provide support and guidance to those who are Established Investigator NoE members. Shannon Wiltsey Stirman graduated from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed an internship at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, and returned to Philadelphia for postdoctoral training, where she received an NIMH-funded K99/R00 award to study implementation and sustainability of CBT in a partnership between Penn and the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and disability Services to implement cognitive therapy across the city’s network of providers. In 2009, Dr. Stirman joined the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the VA National Center for PTSD and the Department of Psychiatry at Boston University. She was a Fellow of the NIMH and VA-funded Implementation Research Institute, and later served as an expert faculty member. In 2015, Dr. Stirman transitioned to the Dissemination and Training Division of the National Center for PTSD and joined the Stanford faculty in 2016. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Canadian Institute for Health Research.
Student Representative Officers: Stephanie Yu & Margaret Crane
The student representatives lead the Student NoE mentorship program, develop resources to meet student needs, and provide support to the SIRC officers as needed to maximize SIRC conferences and initiatives. Stephanie Yu is a second-year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at UCLA, working with Dr. Anna Lau. She is passionate about disseminating and implementing evidence-based practices (EBPs) to reduce mental health disparities for underserved, diverse populations. Specifically, she is interested in 1) understanding how adaptations can increase fit of EBPs to the complex contexts and diverse patients served in community settings, 2) addressing disparities in minority mental health care access, such as via stigma interventions and school-based approaches, and 3) cultivating community-university partnerships to enhance EBP sustainment.
Margaret Crane is a third year clinical psychology graduate student working with Dr. Philip Kendall at Temple University. She graduated from Harvard University in 2014 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Global Health and Health Policy, and she completed her post-baccalaureate research with Professor Matthew Sanders at The University of Queensland in Australia researching the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program. Margaret is interested in mental health literacy and examining strategies to increase pull demand of evidence-based programs.
Student Secretary Officer: Callie Walsh-Bailey
The Student Secretary Officer assists the secretary by taking minutes, managing emails, and organizing meetings. Callie is a Research Specialist at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute and a first year doctoral student in Public Health Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Callie is interested in bringing a health equity lens to implementation science and improving chronic illness care, especially for individuals whose conditions may be exacerbated by social, economic, and behavioral needs.
Student Membership Officer: Madeline Larson
The Student Membership Officer assists the Membership Chair with membership communications and conducting membership outreach in the service of reaching membership targets. Madeline is a third year doctoral student in the school psychology program at the University of Minnesota. Overall, her work focuses on promoting youth and family access to high-quality behavioral health services via the implementation of evidence-based treatments (EBT) in community-based and non-specialty settings, such as schools and primary care centers. To achieve this work, Madeline’s research centers on: (1) community-academic partnerships, intermediaries, and embedded research; (2) identification of determinants and design of implementation strategies that enhance successful uptake and delivery of EBT; as well as (3) identification and pragmatic measurement of mechanisms by which implementation strategies work to more precisely match strategies to barriers that impede successful uptake and delivery of EBT.
Student Communications Officer: Vivian Byeon
The Student Communications Officer assists the Communications Chair with representing SIRC in the social media landscape, as well as the website and mailing list. Vivian Byeon is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where her advisor is Dr. Anna Lau. She is interested in improving the adoption and sustainment of evidence-based practices in community mental health settings domestically and globally, specifically through the development of organizational and system-level implementation strategies.
Student Conference Chair: Meagan Pilar
The Student Conference Chair aids in the development of the biennial conference with the Program Chair and manages the student program committee. Meagan is a second year doctoral student in the Public Health Sciences program at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests include the implementation of evidence-based mental health interventions, as well as investigating factors that improve policy implementation.
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.