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”


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

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.

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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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