*ECPN Events

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

ECPN SESSION: Using existing data for research: strategies for secondary data analysis

Panel: Kerry Green, University of Maryland, College Park, Rashelle Musci, Johns Hopkins University, and Amy Goldstein, NIH, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Moderator: MeLisa Creamer, NIH, National Institute on Drug Abuse


It is necessary to publish frequently early in our careers but publishing solely on self-collected data is often unrealistic during the early career period. We are thus reliant on other’s data that is either private or public. Secondary data analysis requires a new knowledge and skillset regarding how to access existing data and how to design projects to capitalize on existing data. A crucial question is how to obtain funding for secondary data analysis. This session will focus primarily on funding opportunities for secondary data analysis and what makes grant applications for secondary data analysis competitive. This session will also review the benefits and drawbacks of publishing on extant data, describe concrete strategies related to finding national datasets and entering into data sharing agreements, and working with collaborators on projects requiring shared access to data. We will include a panel of speakers who have experience in obtaining funding related to secondary data analysis, data harmonization, as well as a current program officer with a portfolio of secondary analysis grants.

Registration for this event is included in the 3-day virtual conference registration.

Dr. Kerry Green

Dr. Kerry Green is professor, Behavioral and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park. As a prevention scientist, Dr. Green’s work has concentrated on improving the health and well-being of disadvantaged populations.  Specifically, her research has focused on identifying the causes of negative outcomes over the life course among urban African Americans.  Dr. Green’s work is concentrated in two areas: (1) long-term consequences of substance use and (2) the interrelationship of substance use, violence, and mental health over the life course.  Much of her work has been with the Woodlawn Study, a community cohort study that began in 1965 as a school-based intervention program and includes data spanning 45 years of the cohort’s lives.  Dr. Green coordinated the midlife follow-up in 2002-03, and has published extensively on this data with funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Aging, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.  Critical aspects of her work involve identifying the prevention implications of findings and applying methodological advances, such as propensity score matching, to complex public health questions.


Dr. Amy Goldstein

Dr. Amy Goldstein is Branch Chief, Prevention Research Branch, NIH, National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Amy Goldstein joined the Prevention Research Branch in October 2018.  She came to NIDA from the MedStar Health Research Institute, where she was the Scientific Director for Behavioral Health Research. Prior to MedStar, Dr.Goldstein spent a decade at the National Institute of Mental Health as the Chief of the Preventive Intervention Research Program and the NIMH Associate Director for Prevention. During her time at NIMH Amy held leadership roles in several signature projects for the Institute, including the NIMH Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) Project.  Dr. Goldstein also played key roles in national suicide prevention projects, including the Emergency Department Safety Assessment and Follow Up Evaluation Study (ED-SAFE) and the Emergency Department Screen for Teens At-Risk for Suicide Study (ED-STARS). Dr. Goldstein led the Prevention Research Consortium at NIMH and represented the Institute on several NIH and HHS prevention related committees and workgroups. Dr. Goldstein received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and her MA and PhD in Clinical Child Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. She completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and began her career as a Senior Instructor in Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve.

Dr. MeLisa Creamer

Dr. MeLisa Creamer is a Health Science Administrator in the Epidemiology Research Branch. Her program area includes tobacco use in marginalized populations, social media, and general epidemiology research of tobacco and substance use. Dr. Creamer also is a member of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study team, which is an ongoing longitudinal cohort study on tobacco use behavior, attitudes and beliefs, and tobacco-related health outcomes, conducted as a collaboration between NIDA and the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Prior to joining NIDA, Dr. Creamer was an ORISE Fellow in the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she focused on surveillance of tobacco products among youth and adults. She specifically worked on the National Youth Tobacco Survey team, and contributed to the 2020 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking Cessation. Prior to joining NIDA, Dr. Creamer was also an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Austin and co-investigator on the Texas Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science on Youth and Young Adults. There she focused on transitions and trajectories of tobacco use among youth and young adults, including an emphasis on cognitive and affective factors related to tobacco use. She has authored peer-reviewed articles on tobacco use, and served as one of the Senior Scientific Editors of the 2016 Surgeon General’s Report on E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults. Dr. Creamer earned her B.A. in Sociology from American University, and her M.P.H and Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Austin.


NEW for 2020!


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

9:15am – 10:45am EDT and 5:45-7:15pm EDT 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

9:15am – 10:45am EDT and  5:45-7:15pm EDT.

Participate in one or more of our daily Mindful Writing Group Sessions led by our very own ECPN members. Sessions will be held before and after daily virtual conference events and are designed to provide dedicated time to writing for all who wish to participate. Sessions will begin and end with a brief mindfulness activity and will include goal setting and an hour of silent writing time. A Zoom link will be sent  to all those who register. Please log-in 5-10 minutes early, sessions will begin on time. Contact Tara Bautista (tara.bautista@asu.edu) or Amanda Sisselman (AMANDA.SISSELMAN@lehman.cuny.edu) for more information.

Registration is required for all events; all events are FREE!



Thursday, July 23, 2020, 5:00 pm  – 6:00 pm

In lieu of our annual face-to-face Networking Social, we will host a Virtual Social Event via Microsoft Teams. Take a break after the conference, and join us in this informal opportunity to connect with old colleagues, meet new contacts and relax from the comfort of your own environment! A link to Microsoft Teams will be sent to all those who register for the event. Contact Ashwini Tiwari (atiwari@augusta.edu) for more information. All are welcome to attend!

Registration is required for all events; all events are FREE!


11th ANNUAL ECPN STUDENT POSTER CONTEST- to be held during the SPR Virtual Conference

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 asynchronous posters will be available on-demand during the SPR Virtual Conference, the poster winners will receive a $250 honorarium 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 (2021).  Judging criteria include 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.

Registration for this event is included in the 3-day virtual conference registration.



Practice social distancing and participate in an individual or group fun run/walk/physical activity during the conference! Support SPR’s virtual Fun Run/Walk this year by posting a picture during your physical activity to our social media using #WeAreSPR. We encourage everyone to wear masks outdoors and share posts on both indoor and outdoor activities with your friends, family, and furry companions! Please post anytime.  Contact Rachel Culbreth for more information (RCulbreth@gsu.edu; Instagram: @RachelCulbreth; Twitter: @RachelCulbreth; Facebook: Rachel Culbreth).