ECPN Events

The ECPN will hold the following events at the SPR 23rd Annual Meeting.


ECPN LUNCHEON: The Science and Art of Negotiation

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

ECPN LUNCH (Registration required)

Welcome and Introductions: Jessica Duncan Cance, PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Organizers and Co-chairs: Nadine Finnigan-Carr, PhD, University of Marylandand Sarah Lindstrom Johnson, PhD, Johns Hopkins University


Jeb King, PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Mach Meas, PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Kerry Green, PhD, University of Maryland

Daniel Shaw, PhD, University of Pittsburg

Negotiation is a stressful, but necessary aspect of any job. This session is designed to provide early career preventionists the negotiation skills needed to support the development of an independent career. Interactive activities will focus on framing negotiation as a leadership skill, identifying obstacles to successful negotiation, and practicing specific negotiation techniques. Common areas of negotiation including initial job offers and promotions, manuscript credit attribution, and division of responsibilities will be discussed.

11:15-11:30 Participants pick-up lunch and select a table based on negotiation topics.

11:30-11:40 Welcome and Introductions: participants will be asked to write down questions they have about negotiation to be presented to panelists

Interactive Activities

11:55-12:05     Introduction of key ideas (Jeb King)

12:05-12:20     Role play of negotiation (Jeb King and Mach Meas)

12:20-12:50    Table activity based on scenarios

12:50-1:00       Direct question and answer with panelists


ECPN SESSION I:Effective Knowledge Transfer and Translation Strategies for Early Career Prevention Scientists

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015

Time: 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Organizers and Co-chairs: Courtney N. Baker, PhD, Tulane Universityand Brittany Rhoades Cooper, PhD, Washington State University


Stephen Leff, PhD, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Fred Wulczyn, PhD, Chapin Hall, University of Chicago

Brian Bumbarger, Pennsylvania State University

Craig PoVey, MSW, Utah Department of Human Services

Knowledge transfer and knowledge translation (KT) are terms used to describe a process by which research knowledge is clearly and concisely synthesized and disseminated to key non-academic stakeholders. The ultimate goal of KT strategies is to widely disseminate and apply knowledge gained from research to real-world public health problems. There are many reasons why both early and more advanced prevention scientists are engaged in KT activities. For example:

1)      Funding agencies increasingly require that research projects include a KT plan;

2)      Community partners (e.g., schools, hospitals, community organizations) may ask that participants benefit from our research by accessing our results;

3)      Translation and dissemination of research knowledge is an integral part of applied prevention science; and

4)      Dissemination and implementation science is a growing and dynamic field that can inform and be informed by KT efforts.

This session will explore both traditional and innovative KT strategies to help the audience identify those that are most appropriate for their specific KT goals. The panel of speakers represent varied perspectives and areas of expertise (academic, policy, and community), and will share with us the KT strategies that have been most effective in their work.


ECPN SESSION II: Alternative Funding Mechanisms Under the Affordable Care Act

Date: Friday, May 29, 2015

Time: 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Organizers and Co-chairs: Amanda Sisselman, PhD , Empire State College and Gracelyn Cruden, MA, Northwestern University


Elizabeth Stuart, PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Carrie Klabunde, PhD, ODP liaison to USPSTF

Deena Chisholm, PhD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Sarah M. Steverman, PhD, Catholic University of America

The Affordable Care Act offers new and unique opportunities for implementing preventive services and thus conducting prevention and implementation research. This session will provide an overview for research funding opportunities during this period of health reform, including formal grant application processes, such as through Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), or through partnerships with broader funded groups that do not typically conduct research, such as Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) grant recipients and community partners. Further, we will include representatives from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a group of scientists and practitioners charged with evaluating the evidence for preventive services and determining which services should be considered sufficiently effective to warrant reimbursement under Medicaid and private insurance schedules.



Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015

Time: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Chair: Jessica Duncan Cance, PhD, University of Texas at Austin



The ECPN Student Poster Contest was initiated in 2009 to encourage student attendance and participation in the annual meeting, increase student visibility at the conference, attract new student members to SPR and ECPN, and encourage existing student members to become full members upon graduation. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to enter. The posters will be displayed during the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening SPR poster sessions, and winners will be announced on Thursday at the awards presentation. The top 3 poster winners will receive a $250 travel award plus a free 1-year SPR membership. Honorable mention poster authors will receive a 1-year SPR membership. SPR memberships will be awarded for the next year (2016).  Judging criteria included innovation, importance of the research topic to the field, quality, use of advanced methods, and contribution to prevention science.  We are very excited that the ECPN Student Poster Contest continues to be an annual event. 



We all love the session breaks for the coffee and treats, but now there is another reason: the ECPN Table (located in the registration area).  Drop by to meet other early career prevention scientists, pick up information about ECPN conference sessions and other upcoming training events, and pick up your ECPN name badge ribbon.  Also, take a look at our jobs board and feel free to share information about open postings with your colleagues. We look forward to seeing you there!  Make sure you enter our raffle for the chance to win a one-year free membership.



Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015

Time: 6:45 am – 7:45 am

Meet in the hotel lobby and join us for a run or walk along the National Mall. All are invited!