Older Adult CareOne in every eight Americans is aged 65 years or older and, by 2030, it is expected to be one in five.

As the number of older Americans increases, healthcare providers and researchers must understand and address the needs of this growing population.

A new, three-day training at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON), the Summer Research Institute on Developing Behavioral Interventions, does just that. At the Institute, researchers will create and test novel interventions—efforts to change patient behavior, improve self-management, and promote better health and quality of life—that can eventually be implemented in diverse healthcare environments for older adults. The program, offered by the JHUSON Center for Innovative Care in Aging, is June 14-16, 2012 in Baltimore, MD.

“The program is designed for researchers and health professionals from any discipline who seek to create and test an intervention to help older adults, their family members, or communities live healthier lives,” says Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging.  She notes that junior faculty, post-doctoral students, researchers, or investigators with limited experience in health-related behavioral intervention research will benefit most from participating.

Participants will learn from intervention experts through lectures, small group consultation, and one-on-one collaboration.

Day One:    Overview of the stages and strategies of intervention development—from idea to intervention protocol.
Day Two:    Maximizing the impact of an intervention trial through measurement, recruitment, and retention of participants.
Day Three: Participants will learn strategies and the challenges of intervention development and implementation.

The Institute’s intervention experts include:

  • Betty Black, PhD, EdS, MeD, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy Management, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Sara Czaja, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Scientific Director, Center on Aging; Director, Center on Research and Education for Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE), University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Joseph Gallo, PhD, MD, Professor, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, Professor, Department of Health Systems and Outcomes; Director, Center for Innovative Care in Aging, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing; Professor, Department of Psychiatry,  Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Douglas Granger, PhD, Professor, Department of Acute and Chronic Care; Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • Nancy Hodgson, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Department of Acute and Chronic Care, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • Miyong Kim, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Systems and Outcomes; Director, Center for Cardiovascular Health in Vulnerable Populations, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • Sharon Kozachik, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Department of Acute and Chronic Care, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • Laura Pizzi, PharmD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Thomas Jefferson University Jefferson School of Pharmacy
  • Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNO, FAAN, FAANP, Professor, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health; Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology, University of Maryland School of Nursing
  • David Roth, PhD, Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Director, Center on Aging and Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Sarah Szanton, PhD, CRNP, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Systems and Outcomes, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • Elizabeth Tanner, PhD, MS, RN, Associate Professor, Department of Community Public Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing


For more information or to register for the Summer Research Institute on Developing Behavioral Interventions, call 410-955-7539 or visit www.nursing.jhu.edu/aginginstitute.

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