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Announcing HISTP’s 2011 Fall Seminar Series

HISTP is proud to announce the 2011 Fall Seminar Series!

The Global Epidemics of HIV among Men who have Sex with Men (MSM): Changing Prevention Approaches

Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH
Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Director, Johns Hopkins Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program
Director, Johns Hopkins Center
for Public Health & Human Rights Senior Scientific Liaison, HIV Vaccine Trials Network
Associate Director, Center for Global Health

The past few years have brought several important and landmark breakthroughs in both biomedical and behavioral approaches to preventing transmission of HIV, with notable advances for men who have sex with men (MSM). Dr. Beyrer will present up-to-date research findings on the global epidemiology and innovations in prevention of HIV among MSM as well as implications for the next generation of HIV prevention.

Date: Friday, October 7th, 2011
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Columbia School of Social Work, Room 1109

The Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) for Engineering Better Behavioral Interventions

Linda Collins, PhD
Director, The Methodology Center
Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Professor, Statistics
Pennsylvania State University

Behavioral interventions are typically developed and evaluated using a treatment package approach, in which the intervention is assembled a priori and evaluated by means of a two-group randomized controlled trial (RCT). In this talk an alternative framework for building and evaluating behavioral interventions will be suggested. This new framework, called the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST), is a principled approach to intervention optimization that has been inspired by ideas from engineering.

Date: Friday, November 18th, 2011
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Columbia School of Social Work, Room 1109

Assessing Causal Mediation of the RRR Intervention on Sexual Risk Behavior among Recently Released Female Prisoners

Donna Coffman, PhD
Research Associate
The Methodology Center
Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Coffman will describe new methods for drawing causal inferences about mediation processes. These methods will be used to estimate the effect of an intervention for reducing risky relationships on condom use as mediated by risky relationship thoughts and attitudes using the CJ-DATS data.

Date: Friday, December 2nd, 2011
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Columbia School of Social Work, Room 1109

Getting SMART about Adapting Interventions

Susan Murphy, PhD
Professor of Statistics and Psychiatry
Research Professor, Institute for Social Research
University of Michigan

The effective treatment and management of many behavioral and health disorders often requires individualized, sequential decision making, in which the intervention is dynamically adapted over time based on an individual’s changing course. Adaptive interventions operationalize individualized, sequential, decision making via a sequence of decision rules that specify whether, how, for whom, and when to alter the intensity, type, or delivery of psychosocial, behavioral, and/or pharmacological treatments. In this talk, Dr. Murphy will discuss how a novel, experimental design-sequential multiple assignment randomized trials (SMART) can be used in the development and optimization of adaptive interventions.

Date: Friday, December 16th, 2011
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Columbia School of Social Work, Room 1109

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