2018 Plenary Speakers & Workshop Presenters

2020 Conference information will be announced soon.

Susan Michie, PhD (University College London)

Professor of Health Psychology at University College London (UCL) and Director of its Centre for Behaviour Change (CBC) and of the Health Psychology Research Group. She leads the Human Behaviour-Change Project, holds an NIHR Senior Investigator’s award, is Associate Editor of Annals of Behavioral Medicine and Fellow of SBM, AcBehMedRes, AcMedSci, AcadSocSci, EHPS and BPS.

Robert Kaplan, PhD (Stanford University)

Regenstrief Distinguished Fellow at Purdue University, Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, and Director of Research at the Stanford School of Medicine Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC). He also 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. 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 has served as co-chair of the Social Behavioral and Economics Sciences subcommittee (of Committee of Science) of the US National Science and Technology Council, within the United States Executive Office of the President.

Jeremy Grimshaw, MD, PhD (University of Ottawa)

Senior Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and Full Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Department of Medicine. He is also Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Health Knowledge Transfer and Uptake, Co-Chair of the Steering Group for the Campbell Collaboration, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Member of the Centre for Implementation Research.

Linda Collins, PhD (Pennsylvania State University)

Director of Pennsylvania State University’s The Methodology Center, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and Professor in the Department of Statistics.

Robert West, PhD (University College London)

Professor of Health Psychology at University College London, and Director of Tobacco Studies for the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Unit in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London.

Lynda Powell, PhD (Rush University)

Charles J. and Margaret Roberts Professor of Preventive Medicine, Medicine (Cardiology), Behavioral Sciences, and Pharmacology, and chairperson of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She has been a past principal investigator of five major randomized behavioral trials and has served as a standing member of the NHLBI Clinical Trials Study Section. She is currently the principal investigator of the Chicago site of the NHLBI-sponsored Obesity-Related Behavioral Intervention Trials (ORBIT) network. She is a founding faculty member in the NIH/OBSSR-sponsored Summer Institute for Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions. She is currently in the process of writing the first book on the strategy of behavioral randomized clinical trial methodology.

Bonnie Spring, MD (Northwestern University)

Professor of Preventive Medicine, Psychology, and Psychiatry at Northwestern University and Director of the Center for Behavior and Health of its Institute for Public Health and Medicine. She serves on the American Psychological Association’s Advisory Steering Committee to Develop Clinical Treatment Guidelines, chairs the American Heart Association’s Health Behavior Change Committee, and author of NIH-funded on-line learning modules on evidence-based practice (ebbp.org). She is also founding editor and editor-in-chief of Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research.

Ken Freedland, PhD (Washington University)

Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Washington University School of Medicine and co-investigator and clinical supervisor for the multicenter Enhancing Recovery in Coronary Heart Disease (ENRICHD), a co-investigator and assessment core leader for the multicenter CODIACS Vanguard trial, and a co-investigator and clinical supervisor for the multicenter INSPIRE trial of stress management for lung transplant candidates. He is also a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) and an ACT-certified cognitive therapy trainer, an instructor in clinical trial methodology on the faculty of the National Institutes of Health annual Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioural Clinical Trials.

Paul Montgomery, PhD (University of Birmingham, UK)

Professor of Social Intervention at the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, and lead on the development of the CONSORT-SPI, a reporting guideline for randomised trials of complex psychological and social interventions. He maintains a clinical social work practice and specialises in Brief Intervention and Cognitive Behavioural techniques.

Linda Carlson, PhD (University of Calgary)

Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology, Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions Health Scholar, Full Professor in Psychosocial Oncology in the Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology. She is also the Director of Research and works as a Clinical Psychologist at the Department of Psychosocial Resources at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, and is a fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Mind and Life Institute.

David Buckeridge, PhD (McGill University)

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University where he holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Chair in e-Health Interventions. He is also a Medical Consultant to the Montreal Public Health Department and the Quebec Public Health Institute.

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

Professor of Health Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway and recipient of the Health Research Board (HRB, Ireland) Research Leadership Award (2014-2019) to establish and direct the Health Behaviour Change Research Group (HBCRG).

Kim Lavoie, PhD (University du Québec à Montréal)

Co-Director of the Montréal Behavioural Medicine Centre, co-lead of the International Behavioural Trials Network (IBTN) and former Director of the Chronic Disease Research Division at Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal. She is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology and Chair of Behavioral Medicine at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is also Chair of Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine at the Canadian Psychological Association and an active member of the CHEP recommendation panel (Adherence Subcommittee). She currently holds a Quebec Health Research (FRQS) Senior Investigator Award.

Grégory Ninot, PhD (Université de Montpellier)

Professor at the University of Montpellier, France, Director of the CEPS Platform, dedicated to improving the methodology of behavioral trials, and co-lead of the International Behavioural Trials Network.

Susan Czajkowski, PhD (National Cancer Institute)

Chief of the Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and previously project officer for the Enhancing Recovery in Coronary Heart Disease (ENRICHD) Patients Study and lead project officer for the NIH-funded Obesity-Related Behavioral Intervention Trials (ORBIT) network. She is also a fellow in the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and recently served as President of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.

Karina Davidson, PhD (Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons)

Professor of Behavioral Medicine and Director of the Center for Behavioral & Cardiovascular Health. She is an expert on behavioral and psychosocial interventions for patients with cardiovascular disease and she has conducted randomized controlled trials of anger management and depression treatment for both hypertensive and post-myocardial infarction patients. She is also the Convening Chair of the Cochrane Behavioral Medicine Field, formed and chaired the Evidence-based Behavioral-Medicine Committee, and led the NIH-funded Summer Institute on Conducting Randomized Controlled Trials with Behavioral Interventions.

Elaine Toomey, PhD (Health Research Board Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement – Ireland)

Chartered physiotherapist and postdoctoral researcher with Ireland’s Health Research Board Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement initiative. Her work focused on behaviour change in childhood obesity and her research interests include knowledge translation, implementation science, and behaviour change.

Ian Kronish, MD (Columbia University Medical Centre)

Co-Director of the ColumbiaDoctors Hypertension Centre, Director of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring service ActiveBP, and Associate Professor of Medicine in Cardiology and General Medicine at Columbia University Medical Centre. His work focuses on hypertension, intervention development, and management of psychological impacts of chronic disease.

Serge Sultan, PhD (Université de Montréal)

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and director of the Quality of Life lab based at the Cancer Care Centre of CHU Sainte-Justine. His research interests include emotional distress and psychopathological repercussions of disease, the patient-caregiver relationship and clinical empathy, and psychosocial oncology, affect regulation, depression, and psychosomatics.

Simon Bacon, PhD (Concordia University)

Professor in the Department of Exercise Science at Concordia University, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Chair in Innovative, Patient-Oriented, Behavioural Clinical Trials, Co-Director of the Montréal Behavioural Medicine Centre, fellow of the Obesity Society and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, and researcher at the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et service sociaux du nord de l’île de Montréal (CIUSSS-NIM) and co-lead of the International Behavioural Trials Network.

Sandra Peláez, PhD (McGill University & Université de Montréal)

Associate professor at the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Montreal and associate researcher at St. Justine Hospital. She is also a member of McGill Qualitative Health Research Group (MQHRG), a group that provides an informal learning environment for qualitative health researchers at McGill University. Her research interests are mainly related to the understanding of both patients’ lived experiences and the role of social relationships in the fields of sport, exercise, and health psychology.

Catherine Laurin, PhD (Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal)

Psychologist in private practice and at the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal. She is interested in understanding the impact of anxiety and depression on chronic diseases like cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and she has worked in different fields of health (cardiology, gastroenterology, pneumology, and smoking cessation). She is currently participating in the development of health programs for patients and offers training for health professionals on different topics, including motivational communication.

Maureen Dobbins, PhD (McMaster University)

Associate professor in the School of Nursing at McMaster University, she holds cross appointments with the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, and the Masters of Science in eHealth program. Her research efforts seek to understand knowledge translation among public health decision makers in Canada. Since 2001, she is the Director of Health Evidence (www.healthevidence.org), a single source of high quality effectiveness evidence and one component of a comprehensive knowledge translation strategy for public health decision makers worldwide. Since 2011, Maureen is also the Scientific Director of the National Collaborating Centre Methods and Tools, one of six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health in Canada. The NCCMT provides leadership and expertise in helping public health professionals put research evidence into policy and practice.

Byron Wallace, PhD (Northeastern University)

Assistant professor in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University. He joined Brown University as research faculty in 2012. He also joins Northeastern from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was an assistant professor in the School of Information from 2014-2016. Byron’s research areas include artificial intelligence, data science, machine learning, natural language processing and information retrieval, with emphasis on applications in health informatics. Byron is a member of the applied machine learning group and the Data Science and Analytics Lab at Northeastern.

Arash Shaban-Nejad, PhD (University of Tennessee)

Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center-Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) Center for Biomedical Informatics. He received his Ph.D in computer science from Concordia University and completed his post-doctoral fellowship at McGill University. Additional training was accrued at the Harvard School of Public Health, and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. His primary research interest is knowledge representation, Semantic Web, and big data analytics, particularly ontologies and knowledge bases, description logics, category theory, social media analysis, reasoning and inferencing. He is the author or coauthor of several scientific papers and technical manuscripts, which have been appeared in various refereed international journals, conference/workshop proceedings, and book chapters.

María Fernanda Sedeño, BEng, MM, Executive Director, RESPIPLUS

María Fernanda Sedeño is a co-author of the Living Well with COPD and the Living Well with Pulmonary Fibrosis programs. These comprehensive self-management educational platforms support patients to do the necessary changes in their lifestyle to better manage their chronic disease. Maria Sedeno leads the national and international developments linked to these programs, as well as the development of related behavioral change interventions, healthcare professional training and quality assurance programs. She is the Executive Director of RESPIPLUS, a non-profit organization committed to improve healthcare professionals and patients’ education in the respiratory field, and Project Manager at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.