ECPN Events

ECPN “LUNCHEON”: Strategies and skills for incorporating an equity lens into prevention research

Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Time: 12:45 pm – 2:05 pm (EDT)

ECPN “LUNCH” (Free, registration required)

Welcome and Introductions:  Katrina Debnam, PhD; Assistant Professor, University of Virginia

Co-Chairs and Facilitators

  • Larissa Gaias, PhD; Assistant Professor; Department of Psychology at University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Silvia Nishioka, MA; Doctoral Candidate; Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Daniel Cooper, PhD; Postdoctoral fellow, Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University

Small-group Facilitators

  • Underlying Theories for Intervention Design
    • Deinera Exner-Cortens, PhD; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Calgary
  • Measurement
    • Jessika Bottiani, PhD; Assistant Professor of Education, Research Faculty, University of Virginia
  • Research Design
    • Nicole Tuitt; PhD; Assistant Director, Senior Instructor; CU Anschutz Medical School
  • Recruitment & Partnerships:
    • Melissa Green Parker, PhD; Health Scientist Administrator, National Institutes of Health, Office of Disease Prevention
  • Intervention Content:
    • Felipe Castro, Professor; Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation Office
    • Youngjo Im, Assistant Professor; Department of Social Work, College of Arts and Sciences, Chicago State University
  • Dissemination & Translation:
    • Max Crowley, PhD, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and Public Policy, Director of the Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative, College of Health and Human Development, Penn State University
    • Sarah Lynne, PhD; Assistant Professor, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, University of Florida
  • COVID-19
    • K. Eizabeth Kim, PhD; Assistant Professor; Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, University of Southern California


Structural forms of bias, including inequitable distributions of social determinants of health, access to and quality of health and mental health care, and educational and employment opportunities, contribute to population disparities in life course outcomes (e.g., educational attainment, economic mobility, and life satisfaction). Many prevention scientists recognize that these structural contributing factors must be addressed to promote well-being; yet, most prevention scientists have not explored how research itself has contributed to historical and current structural inequities and how the choices we make as researchers may maintain these inequities. The purpose of this session is to provide an introduction to early career scholars on skills, strategies, and resources to promote equity in future prevention science research. Scholars who currently incorporate an equity lens in their theory, research design, intervention development, evaluation, and measurement will share their experience and expertise. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss challenges and solutions across these areas, and to brainstorm how they might apply these practices to their own research. Small-group topics may include:

  • Underlying Theories for Intervention Design (e.g., critical race theory, Afro-Centric worldview, Indigenous worldviews, queer theory in addition to ‘traditional’ theories e.g., Theory of Planned Behavior, Intentions-Motivation-Behavior model – what is epistemology? Who designed? What are implications for target population?)
  • Measurement (how are you measuring equity in outcomes? Are you measuring things along the way? Bias in measurement – who was the measure designed for? Other ways to capture lived experience)
  • Research Design (research questions, types of analyses necessary to address equity/bias and preparing for them from the onset)
  • Recruitment & Partnerships (building trust, developing relationships, balancing community needs with constraints from grants/academia)
  • Intervention Content (how is an equity lens showing up in content? Who is your target population, what are target outcomes – how does this shape content? Shifting from individual skills/capacities to structural interventions?)
  • Dissemination
  • COVID-19 related disparities


12:30-12:45 pm  Introductions (join main Zoom meeting room)

12:45-12:50 pm  Breakout into Zoom breakout rooms based on topics

12:50-1:50 pm Breakout Room Discussions

1:50 -2:05 Closure activity (rejoin in main Zoom meeting room)



Title: Emerging methods for conducting non face-to-face prevention research (lessons learned from COVID-19)

Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021

Time: 3:35 pm – 4:55 pm, EST


  • Jen Doty, PhD; Assistant Professor; Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, University of Florida
  • Chanler Hilley, PhD; Postdoctoral Research Scholar; Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center at Arizona State University
  • MeLisa Creamer, PhD; Deputy Branch Chief; Epidemiology Research Branch, Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse


  • Christian Connell, PhD; Associate Professor of Human Development and Family, Associate Director, Child Maltreatment Solutions Network; Pennsylvania State University
  • Brenda Curtis, PhD; Chief, Technology and Translational Research Unit; National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Program
  • April Joy Damian, PhD, MSc, CHPM, PMP; Associate Director of the Weitzman Institute
  • Diego García Huidobro, MD; Assistant Professor; Escuela de Medicina, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
  • Krista Mehari, PhD; Assistant Professor; Department of Psychology at University of South Alabama


COVID has severely impacted whether and how face-to-face research is conducted during the pandemic and exacerbated existing health, educational, and economic inequities. The lessons learned from conducting research in this time may also change how research is conducted in the future, even post-pandemic. In particular, the lessons learned from the COVID pandemic may offer insight to make equity-focused research more inclusive and accessible. This session will focus on strategies for data collection which considers these new tools, and how these methods may be particularly useful in research with vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations, including intervention development, delivery and evaluation. Specifically geared towards ECPN members, we will examine the barriers and opportunities, resources for training, and any lessons that are likely to remain in place post-COVID.



Title: Making the transition to mid-career: A panel discussion for early career preventionists

Date: Friday, June 4, 2021

Time: 3:05 pm – 4:25 pm, EST


  • Emily Hennessy, PhD; Associate Director of Biostatistics at the Recovery Research Institute; Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School
  • Elise Pas, PhD; Associate Scientist; Department of Mental Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University


  • Kris Bosworth, PhD; Smith Endowed Chair in Substance Abuse Education and Professor in the College of Education at the University of Arizona
  • Max Crowley, PhD, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and Public Policy, Director of the Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative; College of Health and Human Development, Penn State University
  • Vanya Jones, PhD, Associate Professor; Department of Health, Behavior, and Society, Johns Hopkins University
  • Liz Klein, PhD, MPH; Interim Chair and Associate Professor; Health Behavior and Health Promotion, College of Public Health, Ohio State University,
  • Jiabin Shen, PhD; Assistant Professor; Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Elizabeth Weybright, PhD; Youth and Families Program Unit Interim Director, Associate Professor & Adolescent Extension Specialist; Department of Human Development, Washington State University


Surviving the first few years of an academic job is often an intimidating task. Between applying for grants, teaching new courses, mentoring students, providing service to your institution and beyond, conducting research, and somewhere finding some personal time, it can be hard to think about anything but getting through the early career period. But, once you’ve survived these first few years, what happens next? This panel will address exactly that question, by talking to prevention scientists who have successfully navigated the transition to mid-career, so that they can share tips with early career preventionists on how to thrive during this transition. Topics for discussion will include maintaining mid-career momentum; being a good manager and learning now to efficiently delegate tasks; saying no with style; and tips for work-life balance. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel, to help them prepare for their own transition from early- to mid-career.



Wednesday, June 2, 2021

9:00am – 10:30am EDT and 7:00pm-8:30pm EDT 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

9:00am – 10:30am 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 Amanda Sisselman ( or Katrina Debnam ( for more information.

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



Thursday, June 3, 2021,7:00pm  – 8:00pm (EDT)

In lieu of our annual face-to-face Networking Social, we will host a Virtual Social Event via Zoom. 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 the Zoom call will be sent to all those who register for the event. Contact Katrina Debnam ( for more information. All are welcome to attend!

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


13th 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 Student Poster Presentations will be LIVE 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 (2022).  Judging criteria include innovation, importance of the research topic to the field, quality, use of advanced methods, contribution to prevention science, and presentation skills.  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.