2022 Conférenciers et présentateurs

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Elena Altieri, MBA, M.DirCOM (Behavioural Insights, World Health Organization)

Opening Plenary Speaker

Elena has over twenty years of experience working on behaviour change for several international organizations, in many countries across all regions. She worked on a wide range of social and health issues such as natural disasters prevention, people trafficking, social inclusion, hearing and safe listening, unintentional injury prevention and road safety. She has applied social and behavioural change theory and techniques to policy making, programme design/implementation, strategic communications, and capacity building. Most recently she created the Behavioural Insights unit at the World Health Organization which she currently leads; the unit is responsible for mainstreaming the use of behavioral science in the work of the organization and of its partners. Prior to joining WHO in 2011, Elena specialized in socio-economic development in Latin America. She has a Master Degree in Direction of Communications with a focus on marketing from the UAB in Barcelona, Spain and an MBA in International Health Management from the Swiss Tropical Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerland.

Antwi Akom , PhD (University of California San Francisco and San Francisco State University)

Session Speaker: Systems Approaches for Behavioural Interventions

CEO of Streetwyze, Co-founder of ISEEED, Professor & Founding Director at UCSF & SFSU’s Social Innovation & Urban Opportunity Lab

Simon Bacon, PhD (Concordia University)

IBTN Co-Lead and Conference Co-Host

Professor in the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Applied Physiology at Concordia University, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Chair in Innovative, Patient-Oriented, Behavioural Clinical Trials, Co-Director of the Montréal Behavioural Medicine Centre, fellow of the Obesity Society and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, and researcher at the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et service sociaux du nord de l’île de Montréal (CIUSSS-NIM) and co-lead of the International Behavioural Trials Network.

Molly Byrne, PhD (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Session Co-Chair – IBTN Summer School Alumni Presentations
Workshop Co-Lead – Generating and Translating Behavioural Evidence in the Time of the Covid-19

Molly Byrne is a Professor of Health Psychology at the School of Psychology in NUI Galway where she directs the Health Behaviour Change Research Group (HBCRG). This Group is a national hub and internationally-recognised centre of excellence in the application of behavioural science to health behavioural intervention development, evaluation and implementation. Molly’s research aims to improve population health by working with key stakeholders to develop and promote an evidence-based behavioural science approach to health behaviour change interventions. She is particularly interested in chronic disease prevention and management, and directs the Collaborative Doctoral Programme in Chronic Disease Prevention (CDP-CDP). Molly is interested in exploring and developing novel methodologies for behavioural trials to advance science and increase the impact of research. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Behavioural Trials Network, and has been a member of the IBTN Summer School faculty since 2018. Molly is an Honorary Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society and Associate Editor of Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Talea Cornelius, PhD, MSW (Columbia University Irving Medical Center)

Session Speaker – Methods for Bridging Behavioural Theory and Intervention Design

Talea Cornelius is a health psychologist and Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Her research situates mental health and health behaviours within a social context. In particular, she explores how an acute medical event, such as an acute coronary syndrome or a stroke, impacts patients and partners alike, and how partners can both facilitate and undermine patient well-being. Dr. Cornelius is also exploring novel applications of dyadic analysis to gain insight into interdependent, individual-level processes.

Susan Czajkowski, PhD (National Cancer Institute)

Session Co-Chair – IBTN Summer School Alumni Presentations

Susan M. Czajkowski, Ph.D., is Chief of the Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). She is an expert on psychosocial and behavioral risk factors for disease, including the development and testing of interventions for behavioral risk factors such as obesity, physical inactivity, adverse diets, and non-adherence to medical regimens; the roles of social support and depression in disease risk and recovery; and the assessment of health-related quality of life and psychosocial functioning in patients with chronic diseases. Dr. Czajkowski was also the lead project officer for the NIH-funded Obesity Related Behavioral Intervention Trials (ORBIT) network, a cooperative agreement program supporting seven research sites across the U.S. with the goal of translating findings from basic research on human behavior into more effective interventions to alter obesity-related health behaviors (e.g., diet, physical activity). As part of the ORBIT consortium, Dr. Czajkowski led the development of the ORBIT model for designing and testing behavioral treatments for chronic diseases. She is also a fellow in the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and recently served as President of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.

Jill Francis, PhD (University of Melbourne)

Session Speaker – Innovations in Implementation Science and Behavioural Interventions

Jill Francis is Professor of Implementation Science at the School of Health Sciences, University of Melbourne (Australia), Professor of Health Services Research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Care Centre (Australia), and an honorary affiliate with the Centre for Implementation Research, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (Canada); formerly Professor of Health Services Research at City University of London (UK; 2012-2019) and Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland). Jill is known for advancing theoretical and methodological developments in the field of behavioural implementation science in a wide range of clinical contexts.

Joanne Hart, BSc(Hons) MSC PhD CPsychol AFBPsS PFHEA FAcSS FEHPS (University of Manchester)

Session Chair – Designing Culturally Competent Interventions
Workshop Co-Lead – Culturally Competent Interventions

Jo Hart is a Health Psychologist and Professor of Health Professional Education based at the University of Manchester, UK where she is Head of the Division of Medical Education. She studies and implements interventions focused on education and training of healthcare professionals. Jo is health professional education lead for The Change Exchange (www.mcrimpsci.org ), in which health psychologists volunteer to work with health partnerships between UK and low income country healthcare organisations. She works with Health Education England and the UK Health Security Agency, influencing the use of behavioural science in education and training. She is a Past Chair of the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology and is interested in the development of health psychology in the UK and globally.

Eric Hekler, PhD (University of California, San Diego)

Session Chair – Systems Approaches for Behavioural Interventions

Eric Hekler, PhD, is Director of the Center for Wireless & Population Health Systems (CWPHS), a center of excellence for digital health within the Qualcomm Institute and Associate Professor in Public Health and the Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He works on methods for optimizing behavioral interventions and helping people help themselves.

Erin Hennessy, PhD (Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University)

Session Speaker – Systems Approaches for Behavioural Interventions

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Noah Ivers, MD, CCFP, PhD (Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation – University of Toronto)

Session Speaker – Innovations in Implementation Science and Behavioural Interventions

Noah Ivers is a family physician at Women’s College Hospital, scientist at Women’s College Research Institute, and innovation fellow at the Women’s College Institute for Health System Solutions. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He holds a Canada Research Chair in the Implementation of Evidence Based Practice. Noah’s research focuses on the use of data to drive evidence-based, patient-centred improvements in healthcare. He has conducted multiple pragmatic randomized trials, systematic reviews, and qualitative work on health services and quality improvement interventions.

Nelli Hankonen, PhD (Tampere University)

Session Speaker – Methods for Bridging Behavioural Theory and Intervention Design

Dr. Hankonen has a passion for advancing scientific understanding and deepening our insights on behaviour change, and enhancing the use of academic research applied to societal problems in intervention research, in areas that enhance well-being and quality of life. She is also interested in advancing related research methodologies, especially in relation to intervention development and evaluation. She works as professor Social Psychology at Tampere University. I am docent in Social Psychology (University of Helsinki) and health and exercise psychology (University of Jyväskylä).

Ashraf Kagee, PhD (Stellenbosch University)

Session Speaker – Designing Culturally Competent Interventions
Workshop Co-Lead – Culturally Competent Interventions

Ashraf Kagee is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Stellenbosch University, co-Director of the Alan Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health, and a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He completed fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, and sabbaticals at Freie Universität Berlin and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Professor Kagee’s research has focused on common mental disorders among persons living with HIV, psychological and structural factors influencing adherence to antiretroviral therapy, and common mental disorders in various populations. He is a member of the editorial boards of Social Science and Medicine: Mental Health; Psychology, Health and Medicine; and the Journal of Health Psychology. Ashraf is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture in Cape Town and does capacity building work at the Gaza Community Mental Health Centre in Palestine. He also serves on the Western Cape Covid-19 Vaccine Committee in South Africa.

Ian Kronish, MD, MPH (Columbia University Irving Medical Center)

Session Chair – Methods for Bridging Behavioural Theory and Intervention Design

Ian Kronish, MD, MPH, is a general internist and Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). He is Associate Director of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health and Co-Director of the Hypertension Center at CUIMC. Dr. Kronish’s research has shown why those at greatest risk for recurrent cardiovascular events are least likely to adhere to prescribed regimens, and how patients’ distress about past and future cardiovascular events undermines health behaviors. He also directs the NIA-funded Columbia Roybal Center for Fearless Behavior Change. This Center fosters the development of interventions that improve mental health, adherence to recommended health behaviors, and cardiovascular outcomes in patients that have experienced serious medical events such as heart attack and stroke. He has expertise in medication adherence, and has advanced methodologies for adherence measurement. He has been the PI of multiple federally-funded randomized clinical trials. He also has experience in implementation science research, and applies these methods to increase the uptake of evidence-based hypertension guidelines.

Glen Laverack, PhD (University of Trento)

Session Discussant – Designing Culturally Competent Interventions

Dr. Laverack is an international leader in health promotion and empowerment with a distinguished career for 35 years as an academic and as an independent adviser with the UN, government and international development agencies in over 50 countries. He has formerly worked as a Coordinator (Empowerment) in neglected tropical diseases at WHO, Geneva and as a research fellow at Flinders University, Australia. His PhD, at Deakin University, Australia investigated the accommodation of community empowerment in public health in Fiji. Dr Laverack is presently a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Trento, Italy and an Adjunct Professor at the United Arab Emirates University. He has a wide range of professional publications as well as 24 books in several languages including Chinese, Arabic and Italian. His significant range of experience in cross-cultural settings helps to facilitate a broad insight at both the practical and theoretical levels.

Kim Lavoie, PhD (Université du Québec à Montréal)

IBTN Co-Lead and Conference Co-Host

Co-Director of the Montréal Behavioural Medicine Centre, co-lead of the International Behavioural Trials Network (IBTN) and former Director of the Chronic Disease Research Division at Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal. She is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology and Chair of Behavioural Medicine at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is also Chair of Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine at the Canadian Psychological Association and an active member of the CHEP recommendation panel (Adherence Subcommittee). She currently holds a Quebec Health Research (FRQS) Senior Investigator Award and holds the Canadian Research Chair in Behavioural Medicine.

Susan Michie, PhD (University College London)

Session Discussant – Methods for Bridging Behavioural Theory and Intervention Design
Workshop Lead – Generating and Translating Behavioural Evidence in the Time of the Covid-19

Dr. Susan Michie is Professor of Health Psychology at University College London (UCL) and Director of its Centre for Behaviour Change and its Health Psychology Research Group. She is Principal Investigator of the Human Behaviour-Change Project. She is a chartered clinical and health psychologist, whose research focuses on behaviour change in relation to health: how to understand it theoretically and apply theory to intervention development and evaluation, and to evidence synthesis. This is conducted in the domains of risky and preventive behaviours amongst the general population (e.g. smoking, alcohol use, preparing for pandemic flu), managing illness (e.g. medication adherence), and professional practice and implementation (e.g. hand-hygiene amongst hospital staff). Her work includes developing and evaluating digital interventions and investigating the fidelity of delivery of interventions. Her research develops methods to advance the study of behaviour change, including frameworks such as the Behaviour Change Wheel and the Theoretical Domains Framework, and specifying intervention content using taxonomies of behaviour change techniques (BCT Taxonomy v1). Two relevant books she has authored are The Behaviour Change Wheel Guide to Designing Interventions and The ABC of Behaviour Change Theories.

Iveta Nagyova, PhD (Pavol Jozef Safarik University)

Opening Plenary Moderator

Dr. Iveta Nagyova is the Head of the Department of Social and Behavioural Medicine at Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia (UPJS; sbm.upjs.sk). She is also the President of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA; eupha.org) and a member of the European Advisory Committee on Health Research (EACHR) at WHO/Europe. She graduated in Clinical Psychology at UPJS, obtained her PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Groningen (RuG), the Netherlands, and received a postgraduate training at the University of Oxford within the Oxford International Primary Care Research Leadership Programme. Her research interests are in biobehavioural and psychosocial innovations in chronic condition prevention and management, non-pharmacological interventions, behaviour change, improvements in functional status and quality of life in patients with a chronic disease and their implications for integrated care. She is involved in academic publishing, supervision of clinical and academic PhD students at both UPJS and RuG, and knowledge translation. Apart from her international activities, she also serves as an advisor to the WHO Country Office in the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Ministry of Health in the field of chronic diseases, integrated care, behavioural insights, and public health.

Gregory Ninot, PhD (Université de Montpellier)

IBTN Co-Lead and Conference Co-Host

Dr. Grégory Ninot is a Professor at the University of Montpellier (France). He leads the CEPS Platform, which is dedicated to improving the methodology of behavioral and non-pharmalogical trials. Dr. Ninot plays a critical coordination role in the development of the quality of these studies in Europe. He is involved in several clinical trials and meta-analyses testing the efficacy of exercise programs, e-health solutions, psychotherapy or disease management education methods mainly in patients with respiratory disease or cancer. He has published over one hundred articles and more than a dozen books on the subject. He writes a blog to raise public awareness of randomized controlled trials, with the ultimate goal of improving care for chronic disease patients.

Justin Presseau, PhD (Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and University of Ottawa)

Session Chair – Innovations in Implementation Science and Behavioural Interventions

Dr. Justin Presseau is an Associate Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health and the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa in Canada, and a Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute where he leads the Psychology and Health Research Group (http://ohri.ca/pahrg/), and is core faculty in the Centre for Implementation Research (http://www.ohri.ca/cir/). His research program operates at the intersection between health psychology and implementation science, spanning evidence synthesis to mixed-methods intervention development to trials and process evaluation. His work draws on behaviour change theories and methods to understand factors that promote and undermine behaviour change in healthcare and in patients and the general public. He chairs the Canadian Psychological Association’s Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine section, and is Associate Editor for the journal Implementation Science.

mc shraefel, phd, fbcs, ceng, cscs (University of Southampton)

Session Discussant – Systems Approaches for Behavioural Interventions
Workshop Lead – Experiment in a Box (XB)

Professor of Computer Science and Human Performance, Fellow, British Computer society (FBCS), Chartered Engineer (CEng), certified Nutritionist and Strength and Conditioning coach (CSCS), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Member, director and founder of the wellthLab for human systems interaction, and current EPSRC Established Career Fellow, Health Resilience Interactive Technologies. -m.c.’s work develops, innovates, and questions how interactive technologies and services can be co-designed and tested to support the mission to “help #makeNormalBetter 4all@scale.” m.c. also recommends pull-ups as a true path to nirvana, no matter age or ability, there’s a pull up for you (example paths). She looks forward to doing a few pull ups together with attendees prior to the panel.