ECPN Events


We all love the session coffee breaks, 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.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Make sure you enter our raffle for the chance to win a free 1-year SPR membership. 


Tuesday, May 30, Time: 5:30-7:00 pm

Wednesday, May 31, Time: 6:00-7:15pm

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 and Wednesday evening SPR poster sessions, and winners will be announced on Thursday at the awards presentation. The winners will receive a monetary award plus a free 1-year SPR membership. Honorable mention poster presenting authors will receive a 1-year SPR membership. SPR memberships will be awarded for the next year (2024).  We are very excited that the ECPN Student Poster Contest continues to be an annual event. Come browse the poster presentations and be sure to stop by to learn about the research of the ECPN Poster Contestants!


Wednesday, May 31, 2023


Time: 7:30-8:15am

Location: Hyatt Regency Washington – Hall of Battles, Ballroom Level

Please stop by!


ECPN INVITED SYMPOSIUM & LUNCHEON: A Conversation on the Role of Prevention Science in Combating Misinformation

Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Time: 11:55 pm – 1:00 pm

Location:  Regency B, Ballroom Level


ECPN “LUNCH” (registration required)

Welcome and Introductions:  Melissa Cox, PhD; Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Co-Chairs and Organizers

  • Chanler D. Hilley, PhD, Kennesaw State University
  • Courtney B. Dunn, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Rebecca Distefano, PhD, Roger Williams University


  • Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou, PhD, MPH, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch of the Behavioral Research Program
  • Michelle R. Kaufman, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Health, Behavior and society and International Health
  • Taylor Scott, PhD, Pennsylvania State University, Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative & Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center


In recent years, we have seen the pervasive spread of misinformation across a diverse range of topics, including vaccination, gun violence, and climate change, among others. As prevention scientists, our research has the potential to combat misinformation. This luncheon session will bring together experts on misinformation and science communication to discuss strategies for building trust in science and how to use our platforms to amplify scientific evidence in the face of misinformation. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage with early career researchers regarding misinformation in their own areas of research. Attendees will be select tables based on their own interests. Following initial remarks from the panelists, each table will consider how the strategies presented by the panelists might be used to combat misinformation on their topic. The session will end with an opportunity for attendees to ask the panelists questions.


Thursday, June 1, 2023


Time: 6:30-7:30am

Location: Hotel Lobby

Description: Join your friends and colleagues for a fun run/walk in Seattle. Meet in the hotel lobby and join us for a run or walk around downtown Seattle.  All are invited! Please bring a bottle filled with water.



Time: 10:15-11:45am

Location: Hyatt Regency Washington – Regency Ballroom A

Description: Significant advances in prevention science are often due to a team of individuals working closely together across many years. In recognition of the importance of the collaborative process to the field, the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) will sponsor a friendly competition amongst teams of early career researchers for the honor of bringing home the Sloboda and Bukoski SPR Cup. The Cup is named for two of the founders and long-time active members of SPR, Dr. Zili Sloboda and Dr. William Bukoski. The competition is an opportunity for a unique experience: several independent teams of scientists, each working with the same data set, problem solve together for a brief period of time and then jointly present the results of their work to each other and to a panel of senior prevention scientists and the SPR membership.



Title: Community-based participatory research as a framework for prevention science and health equity

Date: Thursday, June 1, 2023

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm


  • Alyssa Lozano, MS, University of Miami
  • Radhika Raghunathan, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Colleen Walsh, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Emily Hennessy, PhD, University of Connecticut


  • Krista Mehari, PhD, University of South Alabama, Department of Psychology
  • Maghboeba Mosavel, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine, Department of Health Behavior and Policy
  • Mariano Kanamori, PhD, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences

Description: Panelists will present studies that apply community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods in prevention and health equity research. In particular, they will discuss CBPR as a rigorous, strength-based framework for community-involved research and how to build community partnerships and involve community members at each level of research and decision making (e.g., research question development, data collection, interpretation of findings, creative/intentional dissemination). A panel of 1-3 CBPR experts will discuss the principles of CBPR, and provide examples of how they use CBPR as a framework for prevention science and health equity.



Time: 6:15-6:45 pm

Location: Hyatt Regency Washington – Regency Ballroom A

Description: Join us to celebrate the announcement of this year’s ECPN Award winners and the ECPN Student Poster Contest and Winning Team of the SPR Cup.


Time: 8:15-10:00pm

Location: Hyatt Regency Washington – TBD

Description: Take a break from conference sessions and join us for an informal networking social- see old colleagues and make new contacts! This is an opportunity to connect with early career professionals from multiple disciplines, learn more about ECPN, and most importantly, have fun. You don’t have to be an active member of ECPN to attend, all early career individuals (students, postdocs, and professionals) are welcome!



Title: Qualitative Research in Prevention Science: Innovative Approaches to Advance Health Equity

Date: Friday, June 2, 2023

Time: 8:15 am – 9:45 am


  • Kimberly Klein, PhD, Washington State University
  • Silvia Alves Nishioka, PhD, Columbia University, Teachers College


  • Elizabeth Aparicio, PhD, University of Maryland, Department of Behavioral and Community Health
  • Martreece Watson, PhD, Gallaudet University, Department of English
  • Caitlin E. Kennedy, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


This panel will include researchers to present their experience and work with various qualitative methodologies in prevention science research and related fields (e.g., focus groups, community partner/member interviews, photo voice, etc.). Additionally, the panel will discuss how qualitative research may be used to promote social justice and equity, and address challenges related to qualitative methods in the field of prevention science, including navigating difficulties in publishing. The goal of the session is to expand participants’ understanding of qualitative methods and innovative approaches, and highlight potential applications within their research interests. Opportunity for Q&A will be provided.