Category: Translational

Research and Professional Development

Research and Professional Development 5 - What Is Implementation Science and Why Is It Relevant to You?

Saturday, November 18
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Sapphire Ballroom E & F, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Implementation
Presentation Type: Research and Professional Development
Level of Familiarity: Basic to Moderate

This workshop will provide an overview of the field of implementation science and practice, and demonstrate its role in improving the quality of behavioral health care by effectively integrating evidence-based behavioral and cognitive therapies into community settings. It is primarily intended for clinicians, administrators, researchers, and treatment developers who are new to the field of implementation science. Participants will be introduced to the types of questions, theories, methods, and designs that guide the field. This will be illustrated by several case examples based upon the presenters' work and the extant literature. Specifically, case examples will focus on implementing measurement feedback systems in school mental health settings, implementing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in community settings, and implementing measurement-based care for depression. The presenters will also draw upon the implementation challenges and opportunities faced by participants. By the end of the workshop, participants will: (a) understand the rationale for implementation science and practice, and be well-acquainted with its terminology; (b) be exposed to the types of theories and conceptual frameworks that inform the field; (c) learn about multilevel barriers to the delivery of evidence-based practices; (d) be knowledgeable about the range of implementation strategies available, the evidence base that guides their use, and how multifaceted, multilevel implementation strategies can be applied to overcome implementation barriers; and (e) understand how to conceptualize and measure implementation constructs and outcomes to inform improvement efforts. Participants will also be given resources for further reading as well as a list of opportunities for self-study and formal training.

Earn 1.5 continuing education credits

Learning Objectives:

Recommended Reading: Bauer, M. S., Damschroder, L., Hagedorn, H., Smith, J., & Kilbourne, A. M. (2015). An introduction to implementation science for the non-specialist. BMC Psychology, 3(32), 1–12.
Nilsen, P. (2015). Making sense of implementation theories, models and frameworks. Implementation Science, 10(53), 1–13.
Proctor, E. K., Silmere, H., Raghavan, R., Hovmand, P., Aarons, G. A., Bunger, A., … Hensley, M. (2011). Outcomes for implementation research: Conceptual distinctions, measurement challenges, and research agenda. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 38(2), 65–76.

Byron J. Powell

Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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Rinad Beidas

Assistant Professor
University of Pennsylvania


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Cara C. Lewis

Associate Scientific Investigator
Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute


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