Gregory A. Aarons

Gregory A. Aarons, Ph.D. is a clinical and organizational psychologist, Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego, Professor in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, Director or the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC), and Co-Director or the Center for Organizational Research on Implementation and Leadership (CORIL).  His research, funded by the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and Centers for Disease Control focuses on identifying and improving system, organizational, and individual factors that support successful implementation and sustainment of evidence-based practices and quality of care in health and public sector allied health care settings. With colleagues, he developed the Exploration, Preparation, Implementation, Sustainment (EPIS) implementation framework that guides the implementation of evidence-based practices in public sector allied health systems. He developed the Evidence-Based Practice Attitude Scale (EBPAS) and with colleagues has developed measures of implementation leadership, implementation climate, and implementation citizenship behavior. Dr. Aarons’ work focuses organizational change management for implementation that includes improving leadership, organizational context, supports, and processes while concurrently training supervisors to become effective leaders to support evidence-based practice implementation and sustainment. His work also identifies system and policy context and their interactions with organizational context in evidence-based practice sustainment across multiple service systems. Other lines of inquiry involve understanding and improving implementation of evidence-based HIV preventive interventions in low- and middle-income countries.






Hilda Bastian

Hilda Bastian was a long-time consumer advocate in Australia, whose career turned to analyzing evidence, communicating about it, and working to make it more accessible. Along the way, she also spent time analyzing evidence about communication. Ms Bastian now works at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the U.S., at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the National Library of Medicine (NLM). She is chief editor of PubMed Health and PubMed Commons, PubMed-related projects on clinical effectiveness information and post-publication evaluation.

She arrived at the NIH in 2011 after 7 years in Germany helping establish IQWiG, a national technology assessment agency. She was the head of its Department of Health Information, responsible for analyzing and disseminating research-based, bilingual information to the German public. Before that, during the 1990s and 2000s, Ms Bastian was active locally, nationally, and internationally in health consumer groups, including time as the Chairperson of the national coalition, the Consumers’ Health Forum of Australia, of which she is an honorary lifetime member. She helped to establish the Cochrane Collaboration, founding and leading its Consumer Network for over a decade. She was the first Coordinating Editor of Cochrane’s Consumer and Communication Review Group.

Ms Bastian is an enthusiastic Wikipedian, academic editor of PLOS Medicine, and member of PLOS One’s human research ethics advisory group. She cartoons and blogs about clinical epidemiology, evidence, and uncertainties.

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Gary G. Bennett, Ph.D., M.A.

Gary G. Bennett is the Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Global Health and Medicine at Duke University. He directs the Duke Global Digital Health Science Center and the Duke Obesity Prevention Program.  Dr. Bennett is President-Elect of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Dr. Bennett’s research program designs, tests, and disseminates digital obesity treatments for medically vulnerable populations, often in the primary care setting.  Dr. Bennett developed the interactive obesity treatment approach (iOTA), which is currently being evaluated in several trials, both domestically and abroad. He has published more than 125 scientific papers in the past decade and his research has been continuously supported by the National Institutes of Health. 

Bennett has served on numerous NIH panels, editorial boards, guidelines committees, and advises several health care, and health technology organizations.  additionally, he co-founded two digital health startups: Crimson Health Solutions (acquired by Health Dialog in 2007) and Scale Down. Prior to joining Duke in 2009, Dr. Bennett served on the faculties of the Harvard School of Public Health and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Bennett earned a bachelor's degree at Morehouse College, a PhD in clinical health psychology at Duke University, and completed postdoctoral studies in social epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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David Chambers, D.Phil.

Dr. David Chambers is Deputy Director for Implementation Science (IS) of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, where he manages a team focused on building and advancing the field of Implementation Science via funding opportunities, training mechanisms, dissemination platforms, and enhancing partnerships and networks to integrate scientific evidence, practice, and policy.  From 2008 through the fall of 2014, Dr. Chambers served as Chief of the Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology Branch (SRCEB) of the Division of Services and Intervention Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  He arrived at NIMH in 2001, brought to the Institute to run the Dissemination and Implementation Research Program within SRCEB, where he continues to manage a portfolio of grants that study the integration of scientific findings and effective clinical practices in mental health within real-world service settings.  

From 2006 to the fall of 2014, Dr. Chambers also served as Associate Director for Dissemination and Implementation Research, leading NIH initiatives around the coordination of dissemination and implementation research in health, including a set of research announcements across 15 of the NIH Institutes and Centers, annual scientific conferences, and a summer training institute.  Prior to his arrival at NIH, Dr. Chambers worked as a member of a research team at Oxford University where he studied national efforts to implement evidence-based practice within healthcare systems.  He publishes on strategic research directions in implementation science and serves as a plenary speaker at numerous scientific conferences. He received his A.B. degree (with Honors) in Economics from Brown University in 1997 and a M.Sc. and D.Phil. degree in Management Studies (Organisational Behaviour) in 1998 and 2001, respectively, from Oxford University (UK).





Don Goldman, M.D.

Don Goldmann, M.D., Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), works both internally and externally to deepen IHI’s profile, credibility, and influence in health care and health promotion. An essential part of his work is to harvest expertise, knowledge, and innovation from the field while forging relationships with key allies, partners, professional and academic societies, and membership organizations to further IHI’s strategic aims and reach. As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Goldmann supports IHI’s content leads in identifying innovative approaches, cutting-edge developments, and expert faculty in areas of strategic focus, using his external relationships to identify important or emerging gaps in IHI content, particularly with regard to innovations and evidence-based interventions that emerge from academia. As Chief Scientific Officer, his primary goal is to strengthen ties between IHI and the health services research and academic communities. In this capacity, he works with IHI colleagues, especially the Results and Evaluation Team, to ensure the rigor of IHI’s results-oriented work, and to disseminate these results in presentations at national meetings and peer-reviewed publications. To this end, Dr. Goldmann develops and nurtures alliances and relationships with translational, pragmatic researchers and organizations nationally and globally. He also serves as senior lead for the IHI Fellowship Program, and he continues to train and mentor emerging investigators at Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is exploring new ways to teach and learn, and is lead faculty for the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) developed in collaboration with HarvardX and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He serves on the Boards of Academy Health and the America’s Essential Hospitals Institute, and is a member of the AHRQ National Advisory Council.






Robert Kaplan, Ph.D.

Robert M. Kaplan has served as Chief Science Officer at the US Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Associate Director of the National Institutes of Health, where he led the behavioral and social sciences programs.  He is also a Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Health Services and Medicine at UCLA, where he led the UCLA/RAND AHRQ health services training program and the UCLA/RAND CDC Prevention Research Center. He was Chair of the Department of Health Services from 2004 to 2009.  From 1997 to 2004 he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, at the University of California, San Diego. He is a past President of several organizations, including the American Psychological Association Division of Health Psychology, Section J of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Pacific), the International Society for Quality of Life Research, the Society for Behavioral Medicine, and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. Kaplan is a former Editor-in-Chief of Health Psychology and of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.  His 20 books and over 500 articles or chapters have been cited more than 30,000 times and the ISI includes him in the listing of the most cited authors in his field (defined as above the 99.5th percentile). Kaplan is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine).  Dr. Kaplan is currently Regenstrief Distinguished Fellow at Purdue University and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, where he servers as Director of Research at Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC).

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Amy M. Kilbourne, Ph.D., M.D.

Amy Kilbourne, Ph.D., M.D., is Director of the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) national program, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. She also directs the Michigan Community Partnership for Integrated Care, which is focused on implementing and evaluating programs to improve physical and behavioral health services for Michigan residents across the age span. Dr. Kilbourne is a national expert in implementation science, notably the development and testing of quality improvement strategies to improve uptake of evidence-based practices using cluster randomized adaptive designs. She has also been widely recognized for her development of integrated treatment models for depression and bipolar disorders (Life Goals), cardiovascular risk reduction in mood disorders, implementation of health care analytics in routine care, and evidence-based health policy. Her research has led to several national quality improvement initiatives and policies across large healthcare systems, including a VA national population management program for persons with schizophrenia or bipolar disorders, a health disparities research roadmap, and a psychosocial intervention toolkit to improve physical and behavioral health outcomes for persons with mood disorders. Dr. Kilbourne received her bachelors of arts at the University of California at Berkeley (double major in molecular biology and rhetoric), and her masters in epidemiology and PhD in health policy and administration from the University of California Los Angeles.

Matthew W. Kreuter, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Matthew W. Kreuter, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the Kahn Family Professor of Public Health and Associate Dean for Public Health at The Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.  He is founder of the Brown School’s Health Communication Research Laboratory (HCRL), a widely known and highly acclaimed Center now in its 18th year of continuous funding. Under Dr. Kreuter’s leadership, the HCRL was selected as one of five National Cancer Institute Centers of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research. His research seeks to identify and apply communication-based strategies to eliminate health disparities. In particular, Dr. Kreuter and HCRL colleagues study ways to increase the reach and effectiveness of health information to low-income and minority populations, and use information and technology to connect members of these groups to needed health services. Dr. Kreuter served for six years on the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, and in 2014 was named by Thompson Reuters as one of the most influential scientists in the world, ranking in the top 1% in his field based on the number of highly cited papers from 2002-2012. He received his Ph.D. and M.P.H. in Health Behavior and Health Education from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.





Susan Michie, D.Phil. 

Susan Michie is Professor of Health Psychology at University College London (UCL), UK. She studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, followed by Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, London University and a DPhil in Developmental Psychology. She is a chartered clinical and health psychologist, and elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the US Society of Behavioral Medicine, the US Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, the European Health Psychology Society and the British Psychological Society.

Professor Michie is Director of the Centre for Behaviour Change and of the Health Psychology Research Group at UCL. She leads an extensive programme of research developing the science of behaviour change interventions and applying that science to intervention development and evaluation. Areas of application focus on prevention of ill health and implementation of evidence-based practice. Methodological projects include the Wellcome Trust-funded Human Behaviour-Change Project and the MRC- funded Theory and Techniques project






Gila Neta, Ph.D., M.P.P.

Gila Neta, Ph.D., M.P.P. is a program director for Implementation Science in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Neta co-leads the NIH Dissemination & Implementation Research in Health working group, a trans-NIH initiative providing leadership and vision for implementation science across the NIH. Dr. Neta’s programmatic and research interests within implementation science include training, portfolio analysis, the use of PRECIS criteria in evaluating pragmatic trials, shared decision making and cancer screening, de-implementation, and the use of standardized measurement and evaluation. She also serves on the Education Committee for the American College of Epidemiology where she leads efforts to train epidemiologists in implementation science. From 2009 to 2013, she conducted epidemiologic research within the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute, focusing on the potential unintended health effects of radiologic medical technologies and other exposures to ionizing radiation. Dr. Neta received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her M.P.P in Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley.





Roy Rosin, M.B.A.

Roy Rosin is Chief Innovation Officer at Penn Medicine, working to rapidly design, test and implement high impact health care delivery practices. He is also Associate Director, Robert Wood Johnson Scholars Program and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

Previously, Roy served as the first vice president of innovation for Intuit, a leading software company best known for Quicken and TurboTax. In this role, he led changes in how Intuit managed new business creation, allowing teams to experiment quickly at low cost. Roy built innovation programs that dramatically increased entrepreneurial activity. After five years of Intuit’s new approach, the company delivered shareholder returns 33x those of the S&P 500. Intuit now consistently appears on Forbes' list of the most innovative companies in the world.

Prior to his innovation leadership position, Roy was General Manager for Intuit’s consumer division. His team achieved record profitability and product leadership while growing Quicken’s user base to 14 million consumers. Roy received his MBA from Stanford and graduated with honors from Harvard College.




Lisa Saldana, Ph.D.

Lisa Saldana has a doctorate in clinical psychology with a research and clinical emphasis in child welfare populations and evidence-based practice. She focuses on the development, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based practices. Her current work is funded by NIMH, NIDA, and ACYF. Lisa is the primary developer of the Stages of Implementation Completion (SIC) and Cost of Implementing New Strategies (COINS) implementation tools. Recently, she helped to develop the R3 supervisor implementation strategy focused on infusing evidence-based strategies into every day interactions between families involved in the child welfare system and and their caseworkers and supervisors. Currently, Lisa also is conducting an efficacy evaluation of the FAIR model, an integrative treatment for parental substance abuse and child neglect. Lisa has been co-I on a number of additional federally-funded implementation trials, and clinical effectiveness trials, including the NIDA-funded Translational Drug Abuse Prevention Center at OSLC.




Catherine Sarkisian, M.D., M.S.H.S. 

Catherine Sarkisian MD, MSHS is a Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Division of Geriatrics and Staff Physician at the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System. She is Director of the Los Angeles Community Academic Partnership for Research in Aging (L.A. CAPRA), an NIH-funded partnership between UCLA and The City and County of Los Angeles Area Agencies on Aging to support research on sustainable programs to improve quality of life of under-resourced seniors. Recently she has been especially interested in reducing low value care, and is Principal Investigator on an American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation-funded project to implement a Choosing Wisely™ intervention at L.A. County Department of Health Services, the largest safety net healthcare system in the nation.  She is Director of the NIH/NIA-funded Resource Center for Minority Aging Research/Center for Healthcare Improvement of Minority Elders (RCMAR/CHIME) Community Liaison Core and Co-Leader of the UCLA CTSI Special Populations Program. She received her A.B. degree (with Honors) in Philosophy from Princeton University, her M.D. from University of California San Francisco, and an MSHS in Health Services from the UCLA School of Public Health. 


Randy Schwartz, M.S.P.H

Randy Schwartz, M.S.P.H., is senior vice president, Health Systems – Cancer Control for the American Cancer Society. He has over thirty years’ experience in health promotion/disease prevention in state health department and voluntary health organizations with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention and control, cancer control, and community-based health promotion.  He has served in this role at ACS since March 2015.  In this position, he is responsible for providing leadership in the development, execution and evaluation of organizational strategy for cancer control/public health systems policy and practice initiatives, including state-based systems, hospital systems, primary care systems and other community based systems. 

Prior to this, he served as vice president for health systems for the ACS, New England Division (2000-2015), implementing the division's program of work for cancer prevention, cancer detection, and Quality of life/patient support to reduce the burden of cancer on the communities and citizens in the six states of New England. Before this work at ACS, he was director of the Division of Community and Family Health of the Maine Bureau of Health (now Maine CDC), where he worked for 17 years, 15 of which were in a senior position as a Division Director. In that role, he directed all chronic disease prevention and control and health promotion programs (including cancer control, cvd prevention, tobacco prevention and control and community health promotion), as well as the maternal and child health and public health nursing programs. In these positions he has directed the implementation and evaluation of health promotion/disease prevention interventions (with a concentration in cancer prevention and control/tobacco control) in multiple settings including community, worksite, health care and public policy.

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Lisa Simpson, M.B., B.Ch., M.P.H., FAAP 

Lisa Simpson, M.B., B.Ch., M.P.H., FAAP, is president and CEO of AcademyHealth. A nationally recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician, Dr. Simpson’s research has focused on improving the performance of the health care system and includes studies of the quality and safety of care, the role of health information technology in improving the quality of care, and health care disparities. Before joining AcademyHealth, Dr. Simpson was director of the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and professor of pediatrics in the Division of Health Policy and Clinical Effectiveness, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati. She served as the deputy director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) from 1996 to 2002. Dr. Simpson earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) and a master’s degree in public health at the University of Hawaii. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health services research and health policy at the University of California, San Francisco.




Sharon E. Straus, Ph.D. 

Dr. Straus is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation and Quality of Care and more than $30 million in peer reviewed research grants as a principal investigator. She has more than 300 publications, and has supervised  over 25 graduate students from different disciplines including clinical epidemiology, health informatics and human factors engineering. She is co-PI of KT Canada, a CIHR and CFI funded national, Clinical Research Initiative, PI of KT Canada’s CIHR-funded Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research and PI of a network meta-analysis team grant for the Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network. She is Division Director of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Toronto and Director of the KT Program at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s. She has authored three books. Evidence-based medicine: How to practice and teach it is in its fourth edition, and has been published in nine languages; Knowledge Translation in health care, is now in its second edition; and the first edition of mentorship in academic medicine.





Shannon Wiltsey Stirman, Ph.D. 

Shannon Wiltsey Stirman is a Clinical Psychologist and Implementation Scientist in the Dissemination and Training Division of the National Center for PTSD, and an Assistant Professor at Stanford University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her research focuses on training and consultation in evidence-based mental health interventions, the development of scalable and valid measures of fidelity and adaptation, and the identification of strategies to support the sustainability of evidence-based practices in service settings. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Canadian Institute for Health Research.