Formulating an amazing idea for a behavioral intervention is half the battle. For the much more difficult second half there is Developing Behavioral Interventions: A Summer Research Institute (June 11-13, 2014), designed to advance the skills of junior faculty, post-doctoral students, researchers, or investigators with limited experience in health-related behavioral intervention research.

Previous participants have proposed and worked on a wide range of meaningful interventions such as enhancing chronic disease management strategies in older African Americans, improving functional outcomes of older cancer patients, improving functionality in persons with dementia, and enhancing cancer screening rates among Native Americans.

Registration is now open for the Institute, offered through the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing's Center for Innovative Care in Aging, led by Laura N. Gitlin, PhD.

Registrants from within Johns Hopkins University are eligible for tuition remission. Also, fellowships for investigators in nursing are available as part of a mentorship program awarded to the Center for Innovative Care in Aging from the John A. Hartford Foundation.

Participants in the Summer Research Institute (SRI) gain hands-on, practical knowledge and skills, learning to:

  • Understand the continuum of intervention research from efficacy to implementation and sustainability
  • Identify strategies for enhancing and measuring treatment fidelity
  • Implement strategies for advancing an intervention protocol
  • Examine how to involve community and practice-based partners
  • Advance a trial design, including measurement, fidelity, and economic models
  • Write a grant proposing a randomized trial or test of an intervention

SRI is meant to foster interventions that have the potential for "real impact on real people," says Gitlin, a national expert on home- and community-based non-pharmacological interventions. For over 27 years, she and her team have developed, tested, and implemented a wide range of interventions that have addressed depressive symptoms in older African Americans, functional disabilities in frail older adults, behavioral symptoms and functional decline in persons with dementia, and family caregiver distress.

Hear last summer's participants talk about the value of SRI.

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