NIH Methods Workshop Agenda

NIH Methods Workshop

Methods for Translational Behavioral Research (2014 NIH Workshop)

  • Specific Aims: The National Institutes of Health sponsored a cross-institute, two-day "Workshop on Innovative Study Designs and Methods for Developing, Testing and Implementing Behavioral Interventions to Improve Health" to review, evaluate, and disseminate a selection of innovative designs and analytic strategies for use in behavioral intervention studies. Experts from the behavioral, biostatistical and clinical communities reviewed the utility of new, innovative and potentially more efficient study designs and methods to develop, optimize, test and implement behavioral interventions across the translational targeting multiple behavioral risk factors (e.g., adherence, diet, physical activity, smoking). Presentations and discussions focused mainly on the development and preliminary testing of behavioral interventions on Day 1, with an emphasis on later-stages of development, including testing and implementation of interventions within clinical and community contexts, on Day 2.


Day 1 (April 2, 2014)

8:45 AM

Developing and Optimizing Behavioral Treatments to Prevent and Treat Disease

Susan Czajkowski, Ph.D., National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Day 2 (April 3, 2014)

8:15 AM

Summary of Day 1 and Introduction to Day 2


  • Bonnie Spring, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Sylvie Naar-King, Ph.D., Wayne State University
  • Kate Stoney, Ph.D., National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Key Articles

9:15 AM

Panel 5: Innovative Approaches to Improve the Reach, Delivery and Impact of Behavioral Interventions

The application of social network analysis to health behavior interventions- Douglas Luke, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

Complex systems modeling for behavioral research- Ross Hammond, Ph.D., Brookings Institution

Harnessing “small data” for personalized health promotion - Deborah Estrin, Ph.D., Cornell NYC Tech

Moderator: Patricia Mabry, Ph.D., NIH Office of Disease Prevention

Key Articles