ECPN Events

ECPN LUNCHEON: Starting and managing a research portfolio

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Time: 11:55 – 1:00 pm

ECPN LUNCH (registration required)

Welcome and Introductions:  Sarah Lindstrom Johnson, PhD, Arizona State University


  • Jessika Bottiani, University of Virginia
  • MeLisa Creamer, Center for Disease Control
  • Elise Pas, Johns Hopkins University


  • Dorothy Espelage, University of Florida
  • Raven Weaver, Washington State University
  • Catherine Bradshaw, University of Virginia
  • Carl Sumi, SRI International
  • Keryn Pasch, University of Texas at Austin


Early career researchers are often faced with considerable uncertainty when it comes to the tasks of successfully and efficiently launching and managing their research portfolio. This session will focus on helping early career prevention scientists to navigate the development and launching of a research agenda. For example, how do you plan strategically for research opportunities that reflect a cohesive research mission? How do you move your own research ideas forward to establish yourself as an independent scientist? From there, how do you build teams around your research mission with consideration of building infrastructure and the capacity of team members to meet your research goals?


11:55-12:00 Pick up lunch and select a table

12:00-12:15 Introduction

12:15-12:45 Table discussions

12:45-1:00 Closure activity

ECPN SESSION I: Getting started with “Big Data”

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm


  • Jessica Cance
  • Emily Hennessy
  • Youngjo Im


  • Antonio Morgan-Lopez, RTI International
  • Emily Tanner-Smith, University of Oregon
  • Hye-Chung Kum, Texas A & M  University
  • Colin G. Walsh, Vanderbilt University


“Big Data” provides numerous opportunities to answer critical questions that would otherwise be impossible. However, there are many unknowns about how to collect and analyze big data. How do you find the data you want? How do you navigate data sharing agreements? How do you know if you have the software and hardware needed to analyze and report findings? This session will focus on challenges and opportunities of working with big data in prevention science with an emphasis on opportunities relevant to early career researchers.

ECPN SESSION II: Research-to-Policy Translation: A Primer for Prevention Scientists

Date: Friday, May 31, 2019

Time: 8:30 – 10:00 am


  • Brittany Cooper, Washington State University
  • Melissa Cox, East Carolina University
  • Kimberly Rhoades, New York University
  • Nikola Zaharakis, Arizona State University


  • Phillip Graham, RTI International
  • Lauren Supplee, Child Trends
  • Kevin Hagerty, University of Washington


The scale and impact of our work as prevention scientists can be dramatically heightened when we engage with policymakers to advocate for evidence-informed legislation. The translation of research to policy is often a critical process in moving specific research agendas forward, and necessary for meeting our collective goals as a prevention scientist. Are you hesitant about engaging policy work simply because you don’t know where to start? Do you wonder what it means to translate your evidence-based research into advocacy and policy efforts? This session will serve as a primer for engaging in policy to translate important prevention science findings to actionable policy and legislation.