March 27th, 2018 | Angela Duckworth, PhD Presents: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Angela Duckworth is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the Founder and CEO of the Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. Angela studies grit and self-control, two attributes that are distinct from IQ and yet powerfully predict success and well-being. A 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Angela has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Currently, she serves as a Faculty Director for Wharton People Analytics, an initiative that helps organizations adopt the latest insights from social science research. Prior to her career in research, Angela founded a summer school for low-income children that was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study and, in 2012, celebrated its twentieth anniversary. She has also been a McKinsey management consultant and a math and science teacher in the public schools of New York City, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. Angela completed her undergraduate degree in Advanced Studies Neurobiology at Harvard, graduating magna cum laude. With the support of a Marshall Scholarship, she completed an MSc with Distinction in Neuroscience from Oxford University. She completed her PhD in Psychology as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Angela has received numerous awards for her contributions to K–12 education, including a Beyond Z Award from the KIPP Foundation. Her first book, GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, debuted May 3, 2016 as an immediate New York Times best seller.

 

Application process open for 2019 mHealth Training Institute

Applications for the 2018 mHealth Training Institute or mHTI (July 29 – August 3, 2018 at the University of California, Los Angeles) are now being accepted. Building on the success of past mHTIs, the week-long immersion program uses a blended learning environment to provide selected scholars with a core grounding in latest mHealth methodologies and develops their capacity to successfully contribute to team science. Through reflective and active learning guided by faculty mentors, scholars will apply the gained knowledge to developing transdisciplinary mHealth solutions for real-world health problems, while building an interdisciplinary learning community and a dense scientific network. read more »

 

Dr. Santosh Kumar Presents: Sensor-triggered Mobile Interventions Using Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K)

Monday, September 25th, 2017

2:00-3:00pm (EST)

Santosh Kumar, Ph.D. is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Memphis where he holds the Lilian & Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence. His research focuses on mobile health (or mHealth). He and his student have developed computational models to infer human health and behavior such as stress, conversation, smoking, craving, and cocaine use from wearable sensor data. He leads several large multidisciplinary projects in mHealth funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and IARPA. He currently leads NIH-funded national Center of Excellence on Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K) that involves over 20 scientists in computing, engineering, behavioral science, and medicine from 12 universities. MD2K has developed and released open- source software platforms (mCerebrum and Cerebral Cortex) to support discovery and validation of new digital mHealth biomarkers and sensor-triggered interventions. Santosh was named one of America’s “Ten Most Brilliant Scientists Under The Age of 38” by Popular Science in 2010. In 2015, he was named Tennessee’s “First Chair of Excellence in Computer Science”.

 

SOBC Workshop in May 2017 at the Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science in Boston

A dynamic workshop featuring the Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) was held at the Association for Psychological Science (APS) on May 25, 2017, in Boston. This pre-conference workshop was entitled “Bringing an Experimental Medicine Approach to Behavior Change Research: A Hands-On Introduction to the NIH Science of Behavior Change Program and Its Method.” The half-day event was organized by the Research Coordinating Center of SOBC with presentations and hands-on guidance provided by Dr. Donald Edmondson, the Director of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health at Columbia University Medical Center, and Dr. Jennifer Sumner, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the same institute.

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Dr. Douglas S. Mennin, PhD, Presents: Addressing the Complexity of Refractory Conditions with Mechanism-Targeted Psychosocial Intervention

Monday, May 22, 2017

2:00-3:00 pm (EST)

Traditional empirically based psychosocial treatments have been associated with considerable efficacy, especially with anxiety- and mood-related outcomes. However, sizable subgroups of individuals remain refractory to improvement. Recent advances in classification, experimental therapeutics, and precision medicine offer promise for isolating mechanisms common to many pathological conditions and developing targeted interventions, as a result. However, complex conditions with multiple overlaying dysfunctions may require multi-componential treatments to produce clinically significant and pervasive outcomes. Emotion Regulation Therapy (ERT) is an affect science based, mechanism-targeted, psychosocial intervention for chronic anxiety and mood disorders characterized by high levels of transdiagnostic negative self-referencing processes (i.e., worry, rumination, self-criticism), which are associated with poor outcome. Efficacy and preliminary mechanism data for ERT will be presented with the goal of illustrating the need for both inductive (e.g., experimental therapeutics) and deductive (i.e., honed psychosocial treatment) approaches to targeting mechanisms and improving clinical outcomes.

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Bringing an Experimental Medicine Approach to Behavior Change Research: A Hands-On Introduction to the NIH Science of Behavior Change Program and Its Method

The NIH Science Of Behavior Change (SOBC) program uses an experimental medicine approach to elucidate how behavior change works, and funders across the NIH are moving to require the use of the experimental medicine approach for mechanistic research. In this workshop, attendees will learn about SOBC and engage with the experimental medicine method in a hands-on way. (Space for this free workshop will be limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis).

Register here for the 29th APS Annual Convention in Boston, MA, May 25-28, 2017. When you register, be sure to sign up for our free workshop. If you have already registered for the convention and would like to retroactively sign up for our workshop, please email convention@psychologicalscience.org for assistance.

 

Aligning Incentives for Sharing Clinical Trial Data

Gain insights into data sharing issues from leading experts and offer your perspective through moderated online sessions and working groups.

 

OPEN AND BALANCED VIEWPOINTS
This web event assembles a number of expert speakers and panelists to represent viewpoints of those most involved in clinical trial data sharing – researchers, clinical trial patients, and funding agencies – to ensure an open and balanced dialogue.

Register here: http://events.nejm.org/create_account1.php