*Schedule at-a-Glance

separator1SPR 2020 Virtual Conference Now Underway!

An email with access codes to the SPR 2020 virtual conference site was sent to all registrants on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 10:15 am, Eastern. If you registered for the virtual conference and did not receive the access email, please email info@preventionresearch.org.


SPR 28 Annual Meeting, Virtual Conference and Ancillary Events

Why Context Matters: Towards a Place-Based Prevention Science

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PRELIMINARY Calendar of Events

All times Eastern

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Virtual Open House, Hosted by SPR Membership Communications Committee

3-Day Virtual Conference, Live Presentations

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

9:15 am – 10:15 am

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Welcome:  Guillermo (“Willy”) Prado, SPR President

Plenary Session I – Understanding Neighborhood Effects Through Geography, Architecture, and Addiction Science)
Chair: Michael Mason, University of Tennessee
Presenters: David Epstein, NIDA Intramural Research Program; Mei-Po Kwan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Joanna Lombard, University of Miami

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
SPR International Committee, Invited Symposium
Chair: Hanno Petras, PhD, American Institutes for Research
Presenters: Bosco Rowland, PhD, Deakin University; Simon Murphy, PhD, DECIPHer, Cardiff University; Rhiannon Evans, PhD, DECIPHer, Cardiff University; Ulrike Bollmann, PhD, Institute for Work and Health, German Social Accident Insurance

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Annual SPR Sloboda and Bukoski Cup
5 team competition

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

9:15 am – 10:15 am

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Plenary Session II – Place-Based Prevention
Chair: Elizabeth Ginexi, NIH, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
Presenters: Bridget Freishler, The Ohio State University; Megan Sandel, Boston University; Charles Branas, Columbia University

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Invited Symposium I – Addressing the Needs of Neighborhoods and Communities of Concentrated Disadvantage: A Research and Policy Agenda
Chair: Ron Prinz, University of South Carolina
Presenters: Anthony Biglan, Oregon Research Institute; Tamar Mendelson, Johns Hopkins University

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
SPR Early Career Preventionists Network (ECPN), Invited Symposium – Using existing data for research: strategies for secondary data analysis

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

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

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
SPR Diversity Network Committee, Invited Symposium – Place-Based Approaches for Health Equity Among Members of Marginalized Groups: Weighing Reach, Adoption, Effectiveness, and Scalability

Presenters: Micere Keels, University of Chicago; Liliane Cambraia Windsor, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Russell E. Glasgow, University of Colorado, School of Medicine

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm

Thursday, July 23, 2020

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Plenary Session III – Increasing Health Equity and Strengthening Resilience
Chair: Aleta Meyer, U.S. DHHS, Administration for Children and Families
Presenters: Melissa Walls, Johns Hopkins University; Robert M. Kaplan, Stanford University; Joanna Lee Williams, University of Virginia

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Presidential Address
Introduction: Guillermo (“Willy”) Prado, SPR President
Presenter: Mary Woolley, President, Research!America

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Invited Symposium II – Interventions to Decrease Health Disparities
Chair: Tanya Agurs-Collins, NIH, National Cancer Institute
Presenters: C. Debra Furr-Holden, Michigan State University; Kelli Komro, Emory University; Alison Gustafson, University of Kentucky

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
SPR Service Appreciation, Fellows and Awards Presentations

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Tuesday, July 21 – Thursday, July 23, 2020

ON-DEMAND (Asynchronous) Presentations: Organized Paper Symposia, Individual Paper Presentations, and Individual Poster Presentations will be released during the 3-Day Virtual Conference.

*Please note:  June 1, all presenting authors of accepted abstracts (Organized Paper Symposia, Individual Paper Presentations, Individual Poster Presentations 20 x 20 Presentations, Technology Demonstrations, and Organized Poster Forums) should have received an email notification with an invitation to present your abstract(s).  The following was included” what is expected, how to submit your presentation, and the deadline.  Your presentation is optional.

Virtual Ancillary Events

Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings (Click here for schedules)

Future Virtual Ancillary Events

International Networking Forum

Pre-conference Workshops (selected)


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