2022 Speakers & Presenters

Last updated: May 13, 2022

Elena Altieri, MBA, M.DirCOM (Behavioural Insights, World Health Organization)

Opening Plenary Speaker

Elena has over twenty years of experience working on behaviour change for several international organizations, in many countries across all regions. She worked on a wide range of social and health issues such as natural disasters prevention, people trafficking, social inclusion, hearing and safe listening, unintentional injury prevention and road safety. She has applied social and behavioural change theory and techniques to policy making, programme design/implementation, strategic communications, and capacity building. Most recently she created the Behavioural Insights unit at the World Health Organization which she currently leads; the unit is responsible for mainstreaming the use of behavioral science in the work of the organization and of its partners. Prior to joining WHO in 2011, Elena specialized in socio-economic development in Latin America. She has a Master Degree in Direction of Communications with a focus on marketing from the UAB in Barcelona, Spain and an MBA in International Health Management from the Swiss Tropical Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerland.

Simon Bacon, PhD, FTOS, FCCS, FABMR (Concordia University)

IBTN Co-Lead, Conference Co-Host, and Session Chair – Systems Approaches for Behavioural Interventions


Dr. Simon Bacon, co-Director of the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre, CIHR SPOR Chair in Innovative, Patient-Oriented, Behavioural Clinical Trials, and FRQS Co-Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Digital Health for Health Behaviour Change, has had extensive training in the delivery of behavioural randomised controlled trials and has been a PI and co-I on 14 different studies involving behavioural interventions, including exercise, weight management, stress management, and motivational interviewing. In addition, he has several years in generating national recommendations through his work with the Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP: he has been a member of the last 5 recommendation panels), where he is currently the chair of the lifestyles sub-committee. Finally, Dr. Bacon has organised several knowledge translation events, including Café Scientifiques, where he has brought a number of different stakeholders together to discuss key topics and issues, for example, trying to create a common dialogue between researchers and the media to improve health innovation reporting.

Molly Byrne, PhD (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Session Co-Chair – IBTN Summer School Alumni Presentations
Workshop Co-Lead – Generating and Translating Behavioural Evidence in the Time of the Covid-19

Molly Byrne is a Professor of Health Psychology at the School of Psychology in NUI Galway where she directs the Health Behaviour Change Research Group (HBCRG). This Group is a national hub and internationally-recognised centre of excellence in the application of behavioural science to health behavioural intervention development, evaluation and implementation. Molly’s research aims to improve population health by working with key stakeholders to develop and promote an evidence-based behavioural science approach to health behaviour change interventions. She is particularly interested in chronic disease prevention and management, and directs the Collaborative Doctoral Programme in Chronic Disease Prevention (CDP-CDP). Molly is interested in exploring and developing novel methodologies for behavioural trials to advance science and increase the impact of research. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Behavioural Trials Network, and has been a member of the IBTN Summer School faculty since 2018. Molly is an Honorary Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society and Associate Editor of Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Lucie Byrne-Davis, PhD (University of Manchester)

Workshop Co-Lead – Culturally Competent Interventions

Lucie Byrne-Davis is a Health Psychologist and Professor in the University of Manchester, UK, where she is the lead for behavioural and social sciences for undergraduate medicine. Lucie’s research and practice aims to enhance health worker practice through the application of behavioural science. An advocate for coproduction, she has influenced the practice of over 20 healthcare organisations, including international NGOs and UK Governmental bodies, by increasing their use of behavioural science, whilst co-researching the efficacy and feasibility of the methods. Committed to supporting health psychology practice in low-resource settings, she co-founded and directs The Change Exchange: a hub for volunteering, consultancy and research in behavioural science and health worker practice. The Change Exchange has worked in countries including Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania, Mozambique, India, and Nepal. Lucie co-developed the Cards for Change, a tool to encourage health educators to use behaviour change techniques and open access elearning about behavioural science and health worker practice, which has been used in over 90 countries across 5 continents.

Talea Cornelius, PhD, MSW (Columbia University Irving Medical Center)

Session Speaker – Methods for Bridging Behavioural Theory and Intervention Design

Talea Cornelius is a health psychologist and Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Her research situates mental health and health behaviours within a social context. In particular, she explores how an acute medical event, such as an acute coronary syndrome or a stroke, impacts patients and partners alike, and how partners can both facilitate and undermine patient well-being. Dr. Cornelius is also exploring novel applications of dyadic analysis to gain insight into interdependent, individual-level processes.

Susan Czajkowski, PhD (US National Cancer Institute)

Session Co-Chair – IBTN Summer School Alumni Presentations
Workshop Co-Lead – Developing a Behavioural Treatment to Improve Physical Health – The ORBIT Model

Dr. Susan Czajkowski is Chief of the Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB), Behavioral Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute (NCI). She is an expert on psychosocial and behavioral risk factors for disease, including the development and testing of interventions for behavioral risk factors such as obesity, physical inactivity, adverse diets, and non-adherence to medical regimens. Other interests include research on the roles of social support and depression in disease risk and recovery and the assessment of health-related quality of life and psychosocial functioning in patients with chronic diseases. Prior to joining the NCI, Dr. Czajkowski was a Program Director at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, where she managed research initiatives testing interventions to improve adherence to lifestyle and medical therapies in patient populations, including in minority patients and the medically underserved, and was Project Officer for the Enhancing Recovery in Coronary Heart Disease (ENRICHD) Patients Study, a large, multicenter randomized clinical trial to evaluate the effects of treating depression and low social support on survival and recurrent events in myocardial infarction patients. Dr. Czajkowski was also the lead Project Officer for the Obesity Related Behavioral Intervention Trials (ORBIT) Consortium, a cooperative agreement program supporting seven research sites across the U.S. with the goal of translating findings from basic research on human behavior into more effective interventions to alter obesity-related health behaviors (e.g., diet, physical activity). As part of the ORBIT consortium, Dr. Czajkowski led the development of the ORBIT model for designing and testing behavioral treatments for chronic diseases. Dr. Czajkowski is a Fellow in the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and served as President of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research (2014 – 2015).

Anda Dragomir, PhD (Concordia University)

Workshop Co-Lead – Communication motivationnelle : l’art de mener une consultation fructueuse

Anda is a clinical psychologist and post-doctoral fellow at Concordia University. Her research focuses on behaviour-change counselling training to improve physicians’ efficacy in addressing lifestyle changes with patients suffering from chronic diseases, which she leads in partnership with the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre. She has received extensive training in psychophysiology and behavioural trial design and development, and was invited to present her work at international conferences in the form of symposiums and workshops. She works as a clinician with adult populations as well as with individuals suffering from chronic pain and other chronic medical conditions.

Guillaume Fontaine, PhD (Ottawa Hospital Research Institute)

Workshop Co-Lead – Behavioural Implementation Science Methods

Dr. Guillaume Fontaine is a CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Researcher in the Clinical Epidemiology Program of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa in Canada. He is also a member of the Ottawa Hospital’s Centre for Implementation Research (CIR) and Psychology and Health Research Group (PaHRG). His research draws on behavioural and implementation sciences, with a particular focus on disease prevention and health promotion in equity-deserving populations, digital health and the evaluation of Knowledge Translation and Implementation (KTI) strategies through systematic reviews and experimental designs. Recently, he has become passionate about how advanced approaches from implementation science can be used to contribute to hepatitis C elimination in Canada.

Jill Francis, PhD (University of Melbourne)

Session Speaker – Innovations in Implementation Science Methods and Practice

Jill Francis is Professor of Implementation Science at the School of Health Sciences, University of Melbourne (Australia), Professor of Health Services Research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Care Centre (Australia), and an honorary affiliate with the Centre for Implementation Research, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (Canada); formerly Professor of Health Services Research at City University of London (UK; 2012-2019) and Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland). Jill is known for advancing theoretical and methodological developments in the field of behavioural implementation science in a wide range of clinical contexts.

Ken Freedland, PhD (Washington University)

Workshop Lead – Developing a Behavioural Treatment to Improve Physical Health – The ORBIT Model

Dr. Kenneth Freedland, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is an expert in the behavioural treatment of depression and related problems in patients with heart disease and other chronic illnesses. He has been the principal investigator, a co-investigator, or a DSMB member on multiple trials and has served on both the single-site and multicentre clinical trial review committees for the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. He has also served on the faculty of the annual NIH Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioural Clinical Trials since 2007 and has been the Program Director of the Summer Institute since 2020. He is the author of multiple articles and book chapters on behavioural trial methodology. His methodological interests include the selection and design of comparators for behavioural trials, the role and design of pilot studies in behavioural intervention research, and methods for making and tracking progress towards better health outcomes.

Jeremy Grimshaw, MD, PhD (Ottawa Hospital Research Institute)

Session Discussant – Innovations in Implementation Science Methods and Practice

Dr. Jeremy Grimshaw received a MBChB from the University of Edinburgh and trained as a general practitioner prior to undertaking a PhD in health services research at the University of Aberdeen. He moved to Canada in 2002. His research focuses on the evaluation of interventions to disseminate and implement evidence-based practice. Dr. Grimshaw is a Senior Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, a Full Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Health Knowledge Transfer and Uptake. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada and a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal College of Edinburgh. He has been awarded the CIHR Knowledge Translation award twice and is the 2018 CIHR Barer-Flood career achievement award for Health Services and Policy Research.

Kate Guastaferro, PhD (Pennsylvania State University)

Workshop Lead – Optimization of Behavioral Interventions: An Introduction to the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST)

Dr. Kate Guastaferro is an assistant research professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. Kate has a doctorate and masters of public health with a focus on prevention science. She completed a T32 postdoctoral fellowship in the Prevention and Methodology Training program at Penn State. Her advanced training centered substantively upon the prevention of child sexual abuse and methodologically on innovative methods for the optimization, evaluation, and dissemination of interventions (e.g., the multiphase optimization strategy [MOST]) with high public health impact. As a prevention scientist working at the cutting edge of prevention and intervention science, Dr. Guastaferro’s program of research is devoted to the development, optimization, and evaluation of effective, efficient, economical, and scalable interventions with a specific focus on the prevention of child maltreatment.

Nelli Hankonen, PhD (Tampere University)

Session Speaker – Methods for Bridging Behavioural Theory and Intervention Design

Nelli Hankonen, PhD, is a Professor of Social Psychology at Tampere University, Finland. She is broadly interested in behaviour change science, motivation, self-regulation, and motivational interaction. She has led multi-method intervention research projects in various areas, including physical activity promotion, work motivation, and motivational interaction skill education. Recent additional interest has been the use of behavioural science in public policy. One of her long-term interests has been the active, agentic role of the intervention participant in the behaviour change process.

Joanne Hart, BSc(Hons) MSC PhD CPsychol AFBPsS PFHEA FAcSS FEHPS (University of Manchester)

Session Chair – Designing Culturally Competent Interventions
Workshop Co-Lead – Culturally Competent Interventions

Jo Hart is a Health Psychologist and Professor of Health Professional Education based at the University of Manchester, UK where she is Head of the Division of Medical Education. She studies and implements interventions focused on education and training of healthcare professionals. Jo is health professional education lead for The Change Exchange (www.mcrimpsci.org ), in which health psychologists volunteer to work with health partnerships between UK and low income country healthcare organisations. She works with Health Education England and the UK Health Security Agency, influencing the use of behavioural science in education and training. She is a Past Chair of the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology and is interested in the development of health psychology in the UK and globally.

Eric Hekler, PhD (University of California, San Diego)

Session Speaker – Systems Approaches for Behavioural Interventions

Eric Hekler, PhD, is Director of the Center for Wireless & Population Health Systems (CWPHS), a center of excellence for digital health within the Qualcomm Institute and Associate Professor in Public Health and the Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He works on methods for optimizing behavioral interventions and helping people help themselves.

Erin Hennessy, PhD (Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University)

Session Speaker – Systems Approaches for Behavioural Interventions

Erin Hennessy is Associate Director of ChildObesity180 and Assistant Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Medical School at Tufts University. Dr. Hennessy is an action-oriented scientist whose work addresses modifiable risk factors across levels of influence including the individual, interpersonal, organizational, community and public policy. She currently leads an active research portfolio including an $8.5 million award to test and evaluate the use of telehealth innovations in delivery of USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Dr. Hennessy was previously a Senior Behavioral Scientist at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health where she directed the FLASHE Study (Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health and Eating Study), one of the largest national studies to understand cancer preventive health behaviors among parent-child dyads. During her tenure at NIH, Dr. Hennessy received numerous awards for her research and leadership excellence. Dr. Hennessy has significant cross-sector experience ranging from industry to government to academia and uses this perspective to inform her work at ChildObesity180 and Tufts. Dr. Hennessy earned a PhD in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition and MS in Nutrition Communication from the Friedman School; an MPH from Tufts University School of Medicine; and a BS in Biology and certificate in Community Health from Tufts University.

Noah Ivers, MD, CCFP, PhD (Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation – University of Toronto)

Session Speaker – Innovations in Implementation Science Methods and Practice

Noah Ivers is a family physician at Women’s College Hospital, scientist at Women’s College Research Institute, and innovation fellow at the Women’s College Institute for Health System Solutions. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He holds a Canada Research Chair in the Implementation of Evidence Based Practice. Noah’s research focuses on the use of data to drive evidence-based, patient-centred improvements in healthcare. He has conducted multiple pragmatic randomized trials, systematic reviews, and qualitative work on health services and quality improvement interventions.

Ashraf Kagee, PhD (Stellenbosch University)

Session Speaker – Designing Culturally Competent Interventions
Workshop Co-Lead – Culturally Competent Interventions

Ashraf Kagee is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Stellenbosch University, co-Director of the Alan Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health, and a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He completed fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, and sabbaticals at Freie Universität Berlin and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Professor Kagee’s research has focused on common mental disorders among persons living with HIV, psychological and structural factors influencing adherence to antiretroviral therapy, and common mental disorders in various populations. He is a member of the editorial boards of Social Science and Medicine: Mental Health; Psychology, Health and Medicine; and the Journal of Health Psychology. Ashraf is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture in Cape Town and does capacity building work at the Gaza Community Mental Health Centre in Palestine. He also serves on the Western Cape Covid-19 Vaccine Committee in South Africa.

Ian Kronish, MD, MPH (Columbia University Irving Medical Center)

Session Chair – Methods for Bridging Behavioural Theory and Intervention Design

Dr. Ian Kronish is a general internist and Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). He is Associate Director of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health and Co-Director of the Hypertension Center at CUIMC. Dr. Kronish’s research has shown why those at greatest risk for recurrent cardiovascular events are least likely to adhere to prescribed regimens, and how patients’ distress about past and future cardiovascular events undermines health behaviors. He also directs the NIA-funded Columbia Roybal Center for Fearless Behavior Change. This Center fosters the development of interventions that improve mental health, adherence to recommended health behaviors, and cardiovascular outcomes in patients that have experienced serious medical events such as heart attack and stroke. He has expertise in medication adherence, and has advanced methodologies for adherence measurement. He has been the PI of multiple federally-funded randomized clinical trials. He also has experience in implementation science research, and applies these methods to increase the uptake of evidence-based hypertension guidelines.

Glenn Laverack, PhD (University of Trento)

Session Discussant – Designing Culturally Competent Interventions

Dr. Laverack is an international leader in health promotion and empowerment with a distinguished career for 35 years as an academic and as an independent adviser with the UN, government and international development agencies in over 50 countries. He has formerly worked as a Coordinator (Empowerment) in neglected tropical diseases at WHO, Geneva and as a research fellow at Flinders University, Australia. His PhD, at Deakin University, Australia investigated the accommodation of community empowerment in public health in Fiji. Dr Laverack is presently a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Trento, Italy and an Adjunct Professor at the United Arab Emirates University. He has a wide range of professional publications as well as 24 books in several languages including Chinese, Arabic and Italian. His significant range of experience in cross-cultural settings helps to facilitate a broad insight at both the practical and theoretical levels.

Kim Lavoie, PhD, FCPA, FABMR (Université du Québec à Montréal)

IBTN Co-Lead and Conference Co-Host

Dr. Kim Lavoie is co-Director of the MBMC, holds the Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Medicine, and is a researcher in the Chronic Disease Research Division at Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal. She is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at UQAM and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at University of Montreal. She is internationally recognized for her research on the impact of psychological and behavioural factors on the development and progression of cardiovascular and lung diseases, and the impact of behavioral interventions, e.g., motivational communication, exercise, and behavioural weight loss, on key health behaviours and outcomes in chronic lung disease. She is also the Chair of the Canadian Network for Health Behaviour Change and Promotion (CAN-Change) and an active member of the CHEP recommendation panel (Adherence Subcommittee). Finally, she is an internationally recognized expert in motivational communication; over 15,000 health professionals across Canada, the US, Europe (France, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, Estonia, the UK), India and Australia/New Zealand have attended her professional training workshops. She currently holds multiple grants in the area of motivational communication training and efficacy for behaviour change in chronic disease. Dr. Lavoie is a founding member of the IBTN.

Mariantonia Lemos, PhD (Universidad EAFIT)

Presenter – IBTN Summer School Alumni Showcase

Dr. Lemos is a professor in the department of psychology and coordinator of the Behavioral Studies Masters program at Universidad EAFIT in Medellín, Colombia. She is a psychologist and psychotherapist whose work has been focused on the impact of emotions in the prognosis of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Sean Locke, PhD (Brock University)

Presenter – IBTN Summer School Alumni Showcase

Dr. Sean Locke is an Assistant Professor at Brock University in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. He received his PhD from the University of Saskatchewan in the area of exercise psychology and a postdoctoral fellowship at UBC in the areas of diabetes prevention and community health. Dr. Locke runs the REFRAME (REFraming Rehabilitation Adherence, Motivation and Exercise) lab, which focuses on developing interventions to modify health-related cognitions and behaviours to help individuals prevent or manage complex chronic conditions. Dr. Locke has conducted behavioural research for individuals with multiple sclerosis, cardiac rehabilitation, chronic pain, and prediabetes.

Jenny Mc Sharry, PhD (National University of Ireland, Galway)

IBTN New Investigator Awardee

Dr Jenny Mc Sharry is a chartered Health Psychologist and Past Chair of the Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Health Psychology. She is a lecturer in the School of Psychology at NUI Galway and leads on psychology teaching to the disciplines of Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy. She is the previous Director of the MSc in Health Psychology and Co-Director of the PhD in Health Psychology Practice at NUI Galway. Jenny is the Assistant Director of the Health Behaviour Change Research Group, an international centre of excellence in health behaviour change research methods and training. Jenny leads a programme of research that takes a systematic approach to behaviour change to address healthcare challenges and has successfully attracted more than €7 million in research funding to NUI Galway as Principal Investigator or Co-Applicant. Jenny has particular expertise in evidence synthesis and implementation science approaches and was a previous Evidence Synthesis Ireland Fellow.

Oonagh Meade, PhD (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Presenter – IBTN Summer School Alumni ShowcaseDr. Oonagh Meade is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Health Behaviour Change Research Group and an Honorary Research Lecturer at the School of Psychology at NUI Galway, Ireland. Oonagh’s research interests lie in health psychology, particularly the prevention and management of long-term health conditions and the development and evaluation of behavioural interventions. Oonagh is a Patient and Public Involvement Catalyst at NUI Galway where she works to support staff and students to embed patient and public involvement in research. Oonagh is lead postdoctoral researcher on the ‘Making MECC Work’ project, which is a Health Research Board funded project focused on optimising the implementation of the ‘Making Every Contact Count’ brief behavioural intervention programme in the Irish healthcare system.

Susan Michie, FMedSci, FAcSS, FBA (University College London, UK)

Session Discussant – Methods for Bridging Behavioural Theory and Intervention Design
Workshop Co-Lead – Generating and Translating Behavioural Evidence in the Time of the Covid-19
IBTN Career Investigator Awardee

Professor Michie’s research focuses on human behaviour change in relation to health and the environment: how to understand it theoretically and apply theory and evidence to intervention and policy development, evaluation and implementation. Her research, collaborating with disciplines such as information science, environmental science, computer science and medicine, covers population, organisational and individual level interventions. Examples include the Human Behaviour-Change Project and Complex Systems for Sustainability and Health. She is an investigator on15 research projects, including three addressing behaviour and the Covid-19 pandemic. She has published over 550 journal articles and several books, including the Behaviour Change Wheel: A Guide to Designing Interventions. She serves as an expert advisor on the UK’s Covid-19Scientific Pandemic Insights Group on Behavioural Science (part of SAGE), the Lancet’s Covid-19 Commission and a member of the UK’s Independent SAGE. She serves on WHO’s Behavioural Insights and Sciences Technical Advisory Group, is Chair of the UK Food Standard Agency’s Advisory Committee for Social Sciences, is part of NIHR’s Behavioural Science Policy Research Unit, led UCL’s membership of NIHR’s School of Public Health Research and chaired the Academy of Social Science’s ‘Health of People’ project.

Iveta Nagyova, PhD (Pavol Jozef Safarik University)

Opening Plenary Moderator

Dr. Iveta Nagyova is the Head of the Department of Social and Behavioural Medicine at Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia (UPJS; sbm.upjs.sk). She is also the President of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA; eupha.org) and a member of the European Advisory Committee on Health Research (EACHR) at WHO/Europe. She graduated in Clinical Psychology at UPJS, obtained her PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Groningen (RuG), the Netherlands, and received a postgraduate training at the University of Oxford within the Oxford International Primary Care Research Leadership Programme. Her research interests are in biobehavioural and psychosocial innovations in chronic condition prevention and management, non-pharmacological interventions, behaviour change, improvements in functional status and quality of life in patients with a chronic disease and their implications for integrated care. She is involved in academic publishing, supervision of clinical and academic PhD students at both UPJS and RuG, and knowledge translation. Apart from her international activities, she also serves as an advisor to the WHO Country Office in the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Ministry of Health in the field of chronic diseases, integrated care, behavioural insights, and public health.

Chris Noone, PhD (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Presenter – IBTN Summer School Alumni Showcase

Dr. Chris Noone is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology at NUI Galway, Ireland. His research focuses on behaviour in relation to health, with a special interest in health within the LGBT+ community. Chris is a committee member for the European Health Psychology Society Open Science Special Interest Group and a research associate with Evidence Synthesis Ireland and Cochrane Ireland.

Jeemon Panniyammakal, PhD (Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, India)

IBTN Lower and Middle-Income Country (LMIC) Investigator Awardee

Dr. Jeemon Panniyammakal (Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) in Trivandrum) is also a DBT-Wellcome Trust India Alliance, Senior Clinical Fellow. Dr. Jeemon obtained a Ph.D. in medical cardiology from the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK with a Wellcome Trust fellowship. Subsequently, he received career development fellowship from Wellcome Trust and Intermediate fellowship from Wellcome-DBT India Alliance. He is also trained in multiple international Universities including the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (UK), and Emory University (USA).

Dr. Jeemon has almost two decades of research experience at the national level in India and developed a focus on cardiovascular disease epidemiology. He was involved in several landmark epidemiological studies (e.g., The Sentinel surveillance study in Indian Industrial population, Heart Failure Registry), clinical trials (e.g., The ADVANCE study), complex public health intervention studies (e.g., Worksite programme for CVD risk reduction) and quality improvement initiatives (e.g., quality improvement initiatives in acute coronary syndrome management).Dr. Jeemon has published extensively in leading medical/epidemiology journals with over 130 publications (h-index: 71). His publications have been cited in more than 63,000 manuscripts. Currently Jeemon holds major research grants from the Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance, NHLBI (USA), NHMRC (Australia), Medical Research Council (UK), World Diabetes Federation, and Indian Council of Medical Research.

Dr. Jeemon’s current focus is on heart failure and multi-morbidity. He is currently involved in major implementation and scale-up research in hypertension and diabetes control in India, primary care research in management of multimorbidity, and collaborative care models in management of heart failure in Indian settings. He is also involved several heart failure registries in India including the National Heart Failure Registry of India, the Kerala Heart Failure Registry and the Trivandrum Heart Failure registry. Dr. Jeemon has been awarded the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in Medical Sciences (2021).

Andrea Patey, PhD (University of Ottawa)

Workshop Co-Lead – Behavioural Implementation Science Methods

Dr. Andrea Patey is a Senior Clinical Research Associate within the Centre for Implementation Research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada. She holds a PhD in Health Psychology from City, University of London, UK. Her field of interests include implementation research and health psychology, specifically the application of psychological theory and methods to explain and change health professional behaviours across a range of clinical settings. Dr. Patey’s interest in behaviour change focuses around whether implementation and de-implementation differ and if interventions to target each should also differ. The broad objectives of her research are to promote the use of theory and systematic methods in the development and evaluation of complex behaviour change interventions to improve the delivery of evidence-based healthcare.

Lynda Powell, PhD (Rush University)

Workshop Co-Lead – Developing a Behavioural Treatment to Improve Physical Health – The ORBIT Model

Dr. Powell is the Charles J. and Margaret Roberts Professor of Preventive Medicine, Medicine, Behavioral Sciences, and Pharmacology, and is Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She is internationally recognized as an expert in the design and conduct of behavioral randomized clinical trials. She has been a past Principal Investigator of five major randomized behavioral trials, the Principal Investigator of an NHLBI-sponsored P50 center aimed at developing and testing multi-level behavioral treatments to reduce cardiopulmonary disparities, and the Principal Investigator of the Chicago site of the NHLBI-sponsored Obesity-Related Behavioral Intervention Trials (ORBIT) network. She is currently the Principal Investigator of a $10.7 million multi-site behavioral clinical trial aimed at determining whether a lifestyle intervention can promote a sustained two-year remission of the metabolic syndrome. She has been invited to present on behavioral trial methodology at the annual meetings of the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, American Psychosomatic Society, the Society for Behavioral Medicine, the Society for Clinical Trials, and the International Society for Behavioral Medicine and was a Fellow at the Stanford Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences (2015-2016). She is co-developer of the ORBIT model for behavioral intervention development, and along with her co-authors, Ken Freedland and Peter Kaufmann, she published a book on the unique challenges posed by clinical trials involving behavioral interventions entitled “Behavioral Clinical Trials for Chronic Diseases. Scientific Foundations” (Springer, 2021).

Justin Presseau, PhD (Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and University of Ottawa)

Session Chair – Innovations in Implementation Science Methods and Practice

Dr. Justin Presseau is an Associate Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health and the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa in Canada, and a Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute where he leads the Psychology and Health Research Group, and is core faculty in the Centre for Implementation Research.  His research program operates at the intersection between health psychology and implementation science, spanning evidence synthesis to mixed-methods intervention development to trials and process evaluation. His work draws on behaviour change theories and methods to understand factors that promote and undermine behaviour change in healthcare and in patients and the general public. He chairs the Canadian Psychological Association’s Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine section, and is Associate Editor for the journal Implementation Science.

Rizwana Roomaney, PhD (Stellenbosch University)

Session Speaker and Workshop Lead – Designing Culturally Competent Interventions

Dr. Roomaney is a research psychologist and senior lecturer in the department of psychology at Stellenbosch University. Most of her research is conducted in the field of health psychology. She is currently working on several projects exploring health among patients with breast cancer, gynaecological cancers, endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome and has a growing interest in cyber health psychology. She is the national delegate for South Africa at the European Health Psychology Society and is leading the development of a Health Psychology Special Interest Group in the Psychological Society of South Africa. Dr. Roomaney serves on several boards and committees including the Health Research Ethics committee at Stellenbosch University.

Rebecca Segrave, PhD (Monash University BrainPark, Australia)

Presenter – IBTN Summer School Alumni Showcase

Dr. Rebecca Segrave is Deputy Director and Head of Interventions Research at Monash University’s BrainPark (Melbourne, Australia). She is also an AHPRA registered Clinical Neuropsychologist and founding convenor of the Turner Institute Behavioural Interventions and Implementation Research Group. Dr Segrave leads a multidisciplinary team of exercise physiologists, psychologists, cognitive neuroscientists, and doctoral students. Together they are working to develop lifestyle and technology-based interventions that support mental wellness, and behaviour change strategies that promote their long-term adoption. Her research program has a large focus on compulsive conditions such as addictions and obsessive compulsive disorder, and how these interventions impact the brain, decision-making and behavioural control. She has undertaken specialist training in research commercialization and translation and developed a close network of industry, health care, and philanthropic partners with whom she is working to create translation pathways that implement innovative mental health solutions into the community.

mc schraefel, phd, fbcs, ceng, cscs (University of Southampton)

Session Discussant – Systems Approaches for Behavioural Interventions
Workshop Lead – Experiment in a Box (XB)

Professor of Computer Science and Human Performance, Fellow, British Computer society (FBCS), Chartered Engineer (CEng), certified Nutritionist and Strength and Conditioning coach (CSCS), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Member, director and founder of the wellthLab for human systems interaction, and current EPSRC Established Career Fellow, Health Resilience Interactive Technologies. -m.c.’s work develops, innovates, and questions how interactive technologies and services can be co-designed and tested to support the mission to “help #makeNormalBetter 4all@scale.” m.c. also recommends pull-ups as a true path to nirvana, no matter age or ability, there’s a pull up for you (example paths). She looks forward to doing a few pull ups together with attendees prior to the panel.

Michael Sykes, PhD (Northumbria University)

Presenter – IBTN Summer School Alumni Showcase

Michael is a nurse and the Quality Improvement Lead for the English and Welsh National Audit of Diabetes. His research interests are in implementation science and the development and testing of complex interventions, with a focus on implementing enhancements to existing quality improvement interventions. His work has involved co-design and multi-methods qualitative work to describe and enhance audit and feedback. Michael attended the 2018 IBTN Summer School.

Brigitte Voisard, PhD(c) (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Workshop Co-Lead – Communication motivationnelle : l’art de mener une consultation fructueuse

Ms. Voisard is a third-year PhD/DPsy student in clinical psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal. Her thesis is related to communication between health care providers and patients. In collaboration with various stakeholders within the healthcare system, she is working on the elaboration of a training program in motivational communication for physicians.