Seminar/Event Detail

2012 NIH Summer Institute on Social and Behavioral Intervention Research

Date/Time: 09 July 2012, 5 days
Speaker: Various
Speaker Affiliation: Various
Venue: Columbia University School of Social Work, 1255 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027
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Description: The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and sponsoring NIH Institutes and Centers are pleased to announce the 2012 NIH Summer Institute on Social and Behavioral Intervention Research.

Application Deadline:
11:59 PM Eastern, Friday, April 27, 2012

Institute website:

July 9-13, 2012

Columbia University School of Social Work
1255 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Course Objectives:
The NIH Summer Institute will address essential conceptual, methodological, and practical issues involved in planning and carrying out research on the impact of behavioral and social interventions on health outcomes, health behavior, and treatment. Such interventions are relevant to NIH public health goals of preventing morbidity and mortality and promoting health and well-being for persons with medical and behavioral disorders and conditions.

The Institute is intended for junior investigators who have COMPLETED THEIR DOCTORATE and who plan to develop NIH grant applications for research in this area. Faculty (mentors) will include established investigators from relevant fields.

Major Topics:

  • Overview of conceptualizing, designing, and testing behavioral/social interventions

  • Use of empirical evidence, theory and clinical practice in formulating study aims and hypotheses

  • Designing, testing and adapting behavioral and social interventions for diverse populations

  • Finding the appropriate mechanism (i.e., R03, R21, R34, or R01) to support the research

  • Measurement-selecting measures, assessing validity and reliability; measurement models and conceptual models

  • Planning the data analysis - statistical power, mixed effects linear model, latent mixture model, moderator/mediator models, and related issues

  • Critical issues in implementing the study: eligibility, recruitment, enrollment, intervention fidelity, intervention and assessment adherence, and the organizational structure

  • Participants will be requested to prepare draft outlines of different sections of the proposal (i.e., aims, significance, innovation, approach and analysis) for a NIH grant application during the training. These drafts will be critiqued in small group sessions followed by a debriefing with the entire group. The small groups will be guided by a faculty mentor. The debriefing sessions will entail presenting a summary report of the small group meetings and a list of questions, issues and concerns that emerge from the small groups.

In May 2003, the National Institutes of Health developed the first trans-institute plan for social work research. This document, dubbed the NIH Plan for Social Work Research, made a series of recommendations to further enhance this area of research in the extramural program. One of the proposed initiatives was for NIH to conduct a Summer Institute on Social Work Research. This initiative would focus in 2004 on qualitative and mixed research methods and in 2005 on behavioral and social intervention researchâ??these methodologies are frequently mentioned research infrastructure and training needs in this field.

Specifically, the NIH plan proposed to:

Develop and implement an NIH Summer Institute on Social Work Research offering new researchers intensive exposure to issues and challenges in the field of social work research. The program of the Summer Institute would include lectures, seminars, and small group discussions in research design relative to social work as it relates to health, discussion sessions on methodological
approaches and interventions, and consultation on the development of research interests and advice on preparing and submitting research grant applications to the NIH.

Allen Zweben, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research
Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work

John Brekke, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Research and Professor
University of Southern California School of Social Work

Patrick R. Clifford, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research and Professor
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Public Health

Nabila El-Bassel, D.S.W.
Director, Social Intervention Group (SIG)
Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work

Daniel Herman, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Scholarship and Research
Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College

Ann Marie White, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Rochester Medical Center, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Katie Witkiewitz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Scientist
University of New Mexico, Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA)

Additional faculty to be named.

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