Proceedings from IBTN 2016

The 1st annual IBTN International Conference was held May 19 to 21, 2016 in Montreal.

The event allowed the community to hear from a series of outstanding speakers, partake in a full day of plenary sessions, and participate in a series of interactive workshops from leaders in the field.  Find here a recap of the resources shared during the 2016 event.


  • Trial Development
  • Methodological Considerations for Behavioural Trials (Part 1)
    • Using the Orbit Model for Trial Development | Susan Czajkowski, PhD (USA) View the presentation
    • The Perils of Attention Controls in Behavioral Intervention Research | Ken Freedland, PhD (USA) View the presentation
  • Methodological Considerations for Behavioural Trials (Part 2)
    • Trial Fidelity and Quality Control Strategies | Jean Bourbeau, MD (Canada) View the presentation
    • Unintended Influences of Participant Engagement in Behavioural RCTs | Peter Kaufmann, PhD (USA) [Presentation not yet available]
  • Reporting and Knowledge Transfer
    • Grading the Quality of Behavioral Trials: A New Measure | Paul Montgomery, PhD (UK) View the presentation
    • The Power of the Media in Health Messaging | Tim Caulfield, PhD (Canada) [Presentation not available]



Optimization of Behavioral Interventions Using the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST)
Linda Collins, PhD (Penn State University)
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Why won’t they listen? Evidence-based interventions to improve treatment adherence
Tavis Campbell, PhD (University of Calgary) and Codie Rouleau, PhD Candidate (University of Calgary)
Continuing education activity recognized by the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ Recognition # RE01688-16)
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Smoking cessation interventions in clinical practice 2016: Contemporary issues and challenges
Bob Reid, PhD (University of Ottawa Heart Institute)
Continuing education activity recognized by the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ Recognition # RE01686-16)
[Presentation not available]

Démystification de l’hypnose clinique et son utilisation avec la TCC
Ghassan El-Baalbaki, PhD (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Continuing education activity recognized by the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ Recognition # RE01685-16)
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Estimating the effect size and target eligibility criteria in behavioral clinical trials
Peter Kaufmann, PhD (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) and Kenneth Freedland, PhD (Washington University)
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Motivational Communication to improve lifestyle counselling in patients with chronic disease
Kim Lavoie, PhD (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Continuing education activity recognized by the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ Recognition # RE01683-16)
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How to land your dream job: Career development tips for students and trainees
Nicola Paine, PhD (Concordia University) and Amanda Rossi, PhD (McGill University)
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La communication motivationnelle pour améliorer les habitudes de vie chez les patients ayant des maladies chroniques
Catherine Laurin, PhD (Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal)
Continuing education activity recognized by the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ Recognition # RE01684-16)
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Cessation tabagique auprès de populations à haut risque
Joseph Erban, Smoking Cessation Counsellor (Jewish General Hospital)
Continuing education activity recognized by the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ Recognition # RE01687-16)
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Social Media and the Rise of Bad Health Information: Tweets, Posts, and Problems

Held at Concordia University’s BMO Amphitheatre (John Molson Building 1450, Guy St. Room MB 1.210) and hosted by Charlie Fidelman, Health Reporter, Montreal Gazette

Invited Speakers

  • Dr. Joe Schwarcz (McGill University) Director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society and host of “The Dr. Joe Show” on CJAD Montreal
  • Dr. David Secko (Concordia University) Concordia University Associate Professor and Leader of the Concordia Science Journalism Project
  • Dr. Simon Bacon (Concordia University) Concordia University Professor, Co-Director of the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre and Director of the Centre de réadaptation Jean-Jacques-Gauthier at Hôpital Sacré-Cœur de Montréal.


La prise en charge de votre maladie chronique : Que pouvez-vous faire pour changer votre vie?

Held at Université du Québec à Montréal Campus (Adrien-Pinard Pavilion Amphitheatre, 100, Sherbrooke St. West, Room SU-1550)

Invited Speakers

  • Dr. Jean Bourbeau (Pneumologist, Université McGill) Director of the MUHC McConnell Centre for Innovative Medicine
  • Dr. Paul Poirier (Cardiologist, Université Laval), Chair of the Committee on Obesity of the American Heart Association’s Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism Council



All abstracts are published in the Health and Fitness Journal of Canada (volume 9, number 2, 2016).

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      1. Romina Pace, Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy in Women Signals Incident Hypertension in Partners
      2. Avril Gagnon-Chauvin, Impact of psychiatric disorders on heath and employment outcomes in patients referred for evaluation of occupational asthma
      3. May Slim, Motivational interviewing techniques improve milk and alternatives intake in healthy Canadian youth: Preliminary results at 6 months from a 2-year randomized controlled trial
      4. Anne-Sophie Brazeau, Partners share health behaviours in families with recent gestational diabetes.
      5. Kevin Duckworth, Depression Symptoms as a Predictor of Pulmonary Rehabilitation Aerobic Exercise Attendance and Compliance, and Autonomous Exercise Levels 9-Months Afterwards: A Pilot Study
      6. Biagina-Carla Farnesi, A qualitative exploration on the treatment and management of severe obesity in youth
      7. Codie R. Rouleau,The UPBeAT Study: Protocol for the evaluation of a brief motivational intervention to promote enrolment in outpatient cardiac rehabilitation
      8. Jillian A. Johnson, Adherence to a light therapy intervention for cancer-related fatigue
      9. Adina Coroiu, The effect of psycho-educational interventions on health outcomes in individuals at increased risk for melanoma: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials
      10. Nicola J Paine, Increases in expired CO2 in response to a standard panic (CO2) challenge in asthma patients with Anxiety Sensitivity and Panic Disorder
      11. Nicola J Paine, The role of cardio-metabolic risk on COPD exacerbations, in COPD patients
      12. Justin Presseau, Theory-based process evaluation alongside a cluster randomised trial of a multiple behaviour change intervention targeting primary care clinicians’ management of type 2 diabetes
      13. Justin Presseau, Assessing the fidelity of delivery of a behaviour change intervention targeting healthcare professionals within a cluster trial: an application of the Behaviour Change Techniques Taxonomy v11
      14. Vincent G. Boucher, Performance Index and Psychological Momentum during a 3000m Competition amongst University Cross-Country Runners: A Psychophysiological Perspective
      15. Ariane Jacob, The impact of a cognitive-behavioral (CBT) weight management program on weight change and depressive symptoms in asthmatic patients: A pilot study
      16. Patrick J. Murphy, Developing an intervention to promote implementation of international sexual counselling guidelines in hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation.
      17. Mélanie Béland, The efficacy of exercise as a treatment for depression in adults with non-communicable diseases (NCDs): a systematic review
      18. Anda Dragomir, Training of Health Care Professionals in Health Behavior Change Strategies: A Systematic Review
      19. Cassandre A. Julien, Is Depression associated with Sputum Inflammatory Markers and Lung Function in Asthma?
      20. Raquel Farias, Innovations in Treating COPD exacerbations: Project on Action Plans Using New Technology
      21. Adam Heenan, Self-Efficacy and Outcome Expectancies Predict Fitness in Obese Youth: The HEARTY Trial
      22. The-Loc Nguyen, Defining a Collaborative Ontology for Non-Pharmacological Interventions
      23. François Carbonnel, Quel modèle de recherche clinique pour la validation d’une intervention comportementale en santé utilisant les nouvelles technologies ?
      24. Béatrice Lognos, Approche centrée patient comme outil de repérage de vulnérabilité sociale
      25. Jeanne Michaux, Evaluer la survie dans une étude interventionnelle non médicamenteuse internationale.
      26. Sylvie Morel, Réglementation française des compléments alimentaires
      27. Sylvie Morel, Compétences des pharmaciens en France sur les compléments alimentaires à base de champignons
      28. Estelle Ninot, Short- and long-term impact of the cognitive training program in older persons with and without Mild Cognitive Impairment
      29. Lesley D. Lutes, Enduring Happiness and Continued Self-Enhancement (ENHANCE): Design and Rationale of a Randomized Clinical Trial



The 2016 conference would not have been possible without the generous support of its sponsors and partners

Gold Level Sponsor

  • Acceleration


Silver Level Sponsors

  • Janssen
  • Boehringer-Ingelheim
  • AstraZeneca
  • Concordia University
  • Université de Québec à Montréal


Conference Partners

  • CEPS Platform
  • Fondation de l’Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal
  • Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine Section of the Canadian Psychological Association
  • Montréal Behavioural Medicine Centre