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Network faithful should consider marking down August 19 - 21, 2013 for the Global Implementation Conference. The Global Implementation Conference 2013 provides an opportunity for those engaged in supporting, promoting, or evaluating quality implementation in all health, human service, and education systems to gather to further the field of implementation science. Participants will present research, share best practices, and promote effective policies that support implementation research and practice.

Held in the vibrant setting of Washington, DC, the GIC 2013 presents an opportunity to learn, share, network, and socialize with others who are passionate about implementation science, practice, and policy. This is your opportunity for some thoughtful and insightful dialogue with colleagues from around the globe.

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Keynote speakers at GIC 2013:

Tony Bates, MD Headstrong—The National Centre for Youth Mental Health

Tony BatesDr. Bates is the founding director of Headstrong—The National Centre for Youth Mental Health, in Ireland. Headstrong was founded in 2006 as a non-profit organization committed to supporting and changing how Ireland thinks about young people’s mental health. Dr. Bates has 30 years of experience working in mental health, including serving as principal clinical psychologist at St. James Hospital in Dublin and establishing the Trinity College Dublin’s Masters in Cognitive Psychotherapy. Dr. Bates worked and trained in the US and at Oxford University alongside some of the leading international innovators in mental health. Since 2006, Dr. Bates and Headstrong have been immersed in designing, evaluating, and refining a large-scale initiative to improve mental health outcomes for young people called Jigsaw. Dr. Bates’ presentation at GIC 2013 will tell the story of Jigsaw and illustrate how implementation efficacy is a function of the complex interplay between fidelity to a structured approach, on the one hand, and improvisation, opportunism, and flexibility on the other.

Richard Spoth, PhD Iowa State University

Richard SpothDr. Spoth is the F. Wendell Miller Senior Prevention Scientist and the director of the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State University. He provides oversight for an interrelated set of projects addressing a range of research questions on prevention program engagement, program effectiveness, culturally-competent programming, and dissemination of evidence-based programs via community-university partnerships. Among his NIH-funded projects, Dr. Spoth received a MERIT award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for a large-scale study evaluating combined family- and school-based interventions. Dr. Spoth has served on numerous federally-sponsored expert and technical review panels addressing issues in prevention research and research-practice integration. He has been invited to testify and brief Congress and to represent the prevention field in panels sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. With this work, Dr. Spoth received the Prevention Science Award from the Society for Prevention Research for “outstanding contributions to advancing the field of prevention science.”

Dean L. Fixsen, PhD National Implementation Research Network

Dean FixsenDr. Fixsen is a senior scientist at FPG Child Development Institute, co-director of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN), and co-director of the State Implementation and Scale up of Evidence-based Practices (SISEP) Center. Dr. Fixsen is an implementation research consultant on six NIH RO1 grants and serves on several national advisory boards. He has spent his career developing and implementing evidence-based programs, initiating and managing change processes in provider organizations and service delivery systems, and working with others to improve the lives of children, families, and adults. Over the past five decades, Dr. Fixsen has co-authored over 100 publications, including the highly regarded monograph, Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature. He has served on numerous editorial boards and has served as an advisor to federal, state, and local governments.

Sonja K. Schoenwald, PhD Medical University of South Carolina

Sonja SchoenwaldDr. Schoenwald is professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina and was the first associate director of the Family Services Research Center there from 1994 – 2004. Dr. Schoenwald pioneered research on the transportability and implementation of Multisystemic Therapy (MST). She is an investigator in two NIMH-funded centers focused on the implementation of effective psychosocial interventions for children and families at the interfaces of the mental health, child welfare, and education systems. She is also an investigator in two foundation-funded initiatives on the development and testing of novel ways to integrate and implement evidence-based treatments. Dr. Schoenwald has co-authored four books and numerous peer-reviewed research articles, invited chapters, and monographs. She collaborates with researchers from diverse disciplines, policymakers, practitioners, consumer advocates, and children and families in research to advance the science and practice of the implementation of effective treatments and services.

Jennifer Schroeder, PhD The Implementation Group

Jennifer SchroederDr. Schroeder is an independent consultant and evaluator focusing on evidence-based practice, implementation science, systems evaluation, and the integration of health, mental health, education, and juvenile justice systems in improving outcomes for children and families. She is currently conducting a statewide evaluation of the Incredible Years program in Colorado and the implementation of multiple EBPs for juvenile justice referred youth in Boulder County. Dr. Schroeder has served as a senior research associate at the Spark Policy Institute in Denver, Colorado, and as associate director at the Connecticut Center for Effective Practice of the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, where she worked to improve the statewide mobile-crisis services system for children and youth and conducted a statewide evaluation of in-home services for juvenile-justice referred youth.

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