Month: November 2016

InCHIP Lecture and Workshop 12/1: Kari Kugler, PhD

Please join us for our next event in the Fall 2016 InCHIP Lecture Series!

“Expanding the Tool Box: Using the Multiphase Optimization Strategy to Build Effective and Efficient Interventions”

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Kari Kugler, PhD
The Pennsylvania State University
Thursday, December 1, 2016
12:30 – 1:30pm

About the Speaker
Dr. Kugler is a Research Associate at the Methodology Center at Penn State. Trained as a behavioral epidemiologist, her work focuses on the design and analysis of multi-component, multi-level interventions targeting a wide range of health behaviors among various populations and contexts. She collaborates with Dr. Linda Collins on building highly effective and efficient behavioral interventions and currently has a project using an iterative approach to building an effective STI preventive intervention among college students.

Lecture Abstract
The goal of behavioral interventions is to change behaviors that ultimately improve the public’s health. Because most behaviors are complex, behavioral interventions typically target many levels of influence (e.g., individual, peer, family, and community) and include many components (e.g., increasing knowledge, improving self-efficacy, removing barriers, etc.). Most often, these components are packaged together and evaluated using a randomized controlled trial (RCT); while an RCT is an excellent design for evaluating an intervention’s effect, it is less efficient for determining which components of an intervention are working, which is critical for optimizing an intervention. The multiphase optimization strategy (MOST), is an engineering-inspired framework for optimizing behavioral interventions. This approach helps the investigator identify which components of an intervention are worth retaining or discarding, taking into consideration the constraints of time, money, or other resources. MOST represents a powerful new tool for public health researchers; as the availability of resources diminishes, an optimization approach to intervention design will help create more potent and efficient interventions that move intervention science forward faster toward improving the overall public health impact.

Co-Sponsored By:
UConn Allied Health Sciences
UConn Center for Environmental Health and Health Promotion
UConn Center for Public Health and Health Policy
UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
UConn Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
UConn Department of Communication
UConn Department of Human Development and Family Studies
UConn Global Affairs
UConn Neag School of Education
UConn Occupational and Environmental Medicine
UConn Office of Public Engagement
UConn School of Business
UConn School of Medicine

Location
The lecture will take place in Video Conference Room 204 on the second floor of the Ryan Building at 2006 Hillside Road at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. For directions and maps, see directions to InCHIP. Accessibility: elevator available in the building lobby on the ground floor.

To attend this lecture, please RSVP by clicking this link: Lecture RSVP. When you RSVP, you can also request to meet with Dr. Kugler in an individual meeting on Thursday, December 1st from 9:30 to 11:30 am. You may also RSVP to attend her workshop held after the lecture on the 1st floor, in conference room 14, from 1:45 to 2:45 pm.

Workshop is entitled: “Selecting an experimental design based on the resource management principle”

Workshop Description
This workshop will build on the introductory lecture on MOST by providing greater detail about how to select an appropriate experimental design during the optimization phase of MOST. Particular attention will be given to the factorial experiment and the effects that are estimated.

Web Stream
You can view this lecture streamed live or afterwards at the InCHIP Lecture Series Website.

Any questions, please email: lectureseries@chip.uconn.edu.
About the InCHIP Lecture Series
The InCHIP Lecture Series provides an invaluable forum for researchers – at InCHIP, throughout the UConn community and beyond – to learn about new work in development by leading figures in health behavior change. The InCHIP Lecture Series also provides a venue for researchers to share late-breaking findings and identify emerging trends in health behavior research. For the current semester schedule, visit InCHIP 2016 – 2017 Lecture Series.

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InCHIP Lecture 11/17/16 Richard Brown, PhD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

“Physician-Patient Communication Research in the Oncology Health Care Setting”

 

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Richard F. Brown, PhD

Virginia Commonwealth University

Thursday, November 17, 2016

12:30 – 1:30pm

 

About the Speaker

Dr. Richard Brown Ph.D is an Associate Professor (Tenured) in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy in the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He is a full member of the Massey Cancer Center (MCC) and is the Chair of the Cancer Prevention and Control subcommittee of the MCC Protocol Review and Monitoring System. Dr. Brown is Co-Director of the Clinical Trial Communication Support Core at MCC.  Prior to joining VCU Dr. Brown’s early work was conducted in the Medical Psychology Research Unit (MPRU) in the School of Medicine at the University of Sydney where he commenced as a Research Assistant in 1995. During his eight years at the MPRU he completed both a Master’s degree and Ph.D, and left the unit in 2003 as Deputy Director. He then moved to the United States to take up a Postdoctoral R25 fellowship at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) as a visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioethics. In 2005, after two years at CWRU he accepted a position as an Assistant Attending Behavioral Scientist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center with a conjoint academic appointment at Weill Cornell Medical College to develop a communication skills training (Comskil) laboratory to target oncologists and oncology fellows and residents. Dr. Brown’s goal to further develop his research agenda in patient focused interventions led him to take his position at VCU in 2009.  Dr. Brown’s research has been designed to aid cancer patients and oncologists to communicate more effectively. His research largely centers on developing, implementing, and evaluating communication interventions using the oncologist-patient consultation as the unit of analysis. His research agenda has involved dual paths that have focused on understanding communication from both the patients’ and oncologists’ perspectives. Dr. Brown’s patient-focused work has included developing and testing patient interventions, such as Question Prompt Lists, to help cancer patients be more active communicators during their consultations. His oncologist-focused work has involved the development, implementation, and evaluation of training to support sustained uptake of communication skills. Over the past several years he has developed a specialized research focus exploring cancer clinical trial communication. In 2015, Dr. Brown was awarded a four-year Research Scholar grant from the American Cancer Society to study the impact of Tailored Health Communication on African American Cancer patients decision’s about joining a cancer clinical trial.  Dr. Brown was recently promoted to Associate Professor, see here.

 

Co-Sponsored By:

 UConn Allied Health Sciences

UConn Center for Environmental Health and Health Promotion

UConn Center for Public Health and Health Policy

UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

UConn Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science

UConn Department of Communication

UConn Department of Human Development and Family Studies

UConn Global Affairs

UConn Neag School of Education

UConn Occupational and Environmental Medicine

UConn Office of Public Engagement

UConn School of Business

UConn School of Medicine

The Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Location

The lecture will take place in Video Conference Room 204 on the second floor of the Ryan Building at 2006 Hillside Road at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.  For directions and maps, see directions to InCHIP.  Accessibility: elevator available in the building lobby on the ground floor.

 

To attend this lecture, please RSVP by clicking this link: Lecture RSVP.  When you RSVP, you can also request to meet with Dr.  Brown in an individual meeting on Thursday, November 17th from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. 

 

Web Stream

You can view this talk streamed live or afterwards at the InCHIP Lecture Series Website.

 

Any questions, please email:  lectureseries@chip.uconn.edu.

About the InCHIP Lecture Series

The InCHIP Lecture Series provides an invaluable forum for researchers – at InCHIP, throughout the UConn community and beyond – to learn about new work in development by leading figures in health behavior change. The InCHIP Lecture Series also provides a venue for researchers to share late-breaking findings and identify emerging trends in health behavior research. For the current semester schedule, visit InCHIP 2016 – 2017 Lecture Series.

 

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11/10/16 InCHIP Lecture Chris Dunkel Schetter: “Maternal Stress and Anxiety Before Birth: Consequences and Mechanisms”

Please join us for our next event in the Fall 2016 InCHIP Lecture Series!

“Maternal Stress and Anxiety Before Birth: Consequences and Mechanisms”

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Chris Dunkel Schetter, PhD UCLA

Thursday, November 10, 2016

12:30 – 1:30pm

About the Speaker

Chris Dunkel Schetter is a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Vice Chancellor of Faculty Development at UCLA. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University and postdoctoral training at UC Berkeley. She is the Director of a long-standing NIMH training program for pre and postdoctoral scholars in Biobehavioral Issues in Mental and Physical Health, and was the founding Chair of Health Psychology. Her broad research expertise is in stress, coping and social support in a variety of health and mental health contexts. Her primary program of research is on stress processes in pregnancy. In this work, Prof. Dunkel Schetter and collaborators examine various aspects of prenatal maternal stress and affect (depression, anxiety) and their contributions to preterm birth (PTB) and low birthweight, as well as infant and child developmental outcomes. This program of research involves prospective longitudinal studies of thousands of pregnant women of diverse ethnicities and socioeconomic status (SES) including low-income and Latina and African American women, with emphasis on race/ethnicity, culture and health disparities. She was CoPrincipal Investigator for an NICHD-funded research network (Community Child Health Network; CCHN) that applied community collaborative research methods to study SES and ethnic/racial disparities in maternal and child health in five sites across the country, focusing on mothers and fathers during the two years after a birth and maternal allostatic load. A follow-up study examines interpregnancy intervals (preconception processes) as predictors of later birth and child outcomes.  In the past five years, her group has also contributed to research on postpartum depression. She is collaborating now in a study of inflammatory mechanisms linking affective disorders to birth and child outcomes, and in translating her work into interventions to reduce PTB and LBW and perinatal and postpartum distress.  

Co-Sponsored By: 

UConn Allied Health Sciences

UConn Center for Environmental Health and Health Promotion

UConn Center for Public Health and Health Policy

UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

UConn Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science

UConn Department of Communication

UConn Department of Economics

UConn Department of Human Development and Family Studies

UConn Global Affairs

UConn Neag School of Education

UConn Occupational and Environmental Medicine

UConn Office of Public Engagement

UConn School of Business

UConn School of Medicine

UConn School of Social Work

UConn Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Location

The lecture will take place in Video Conference Room 204 on the second floor of the Ryan Building at 2006 Hillside Road at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.  For directions and maps, see directions to InCHIP.  Accessibility: elevator available in the building lobby on the ground floor.

To attend this lecture, please RSVP by clicking this link: Lecture RSVP.  When you RSVP, you can also request to meet with Dr.  Dunkel Schetter in an individual meeting on Thursday, November 10th from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. 

Web Stream

You can view this talk streamed live or afterwards at the InCHIP Lecture Series Website.

Any questions, please email:  lectureseries@chip.uconn.edu.

About the InCHIP Lecture Series

The InCHIP Lecture Series provides an invaluable forum for researchers – at InCHIP, throughout the UConn community and beyond – to learn about new work in development by leading figures in health behavior change. The InCHIP Lecture Series also provides a venue for researchers to share late-breaking findings and identify emerging trends in health behavior research. For the current semester schedule, visit InCHIP 2016 – 2017 Lecture Series.

Rudd Center Director Marlene Schwartz, PhD: Women’s Wellness Honoree at Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame

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Rudd Center Director and Human Development and Family Studies Professor Marlene Schwartz is being honored this evening by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame as a Women’s Wellness Honoree for her work in food and nutrition policy and in particular her focus on child health and wellbeing.

We want to extend congratulations to Marlene for this recognition and for all her fantastic work in child health!

The ceremony will take at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford from 6-9PM. Click here for more information about the event and Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.