IBTN Summer School Overview

The IBTN Summer School in Behavioural Trials is an academic program held over 5-6 days exploring how to breakthrough current obstacles in behavioural trial methodologies and expand the reach, capacity, and impact of trials in the field of behavioural medicine.

Working with internationally renowned experts in innovative clinical trials, behavioural intervention development, and patient-oriented research, participants will learn about developing effective behavioural interventions and conducting high-quality trials through interactive workshops and training activities. The Summer School has been developed to provide a more introductory level of the variety of topics that are covered and is an excellent opportunity for individuals who have had some experience with developing or testing behavioural interventions, or who see this as something they wish to develop in the future.

The IBTN Summer School is designed to foster networking opportunities for its participants, and will include additional online activities prior to and after the on-site program.

Key Dates

    • When: Summer Schools are typically held mid- to late-May (in person and/or online)
    • Where: Summer Schools are typically held in Montréal, Canada (Concordia University and Université du Québec à Montréal).
    • How: The online application process is usually launched in early December
    • Who: Open to graduate students and early career researchers who want to develop and extend their knowledge about behavioural trials

Academic Leaders for the IBTN Summer School

Simon L. Bacon, PhD, FTOS, FCCS, FABMR
Co-Chair, International Behavioural Trials Network (IBTN)
CIHR SPOR Chair in Innovative, Patient-Oriented, Behavioural Clinical Trials
Full Professor, Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Applied Physiology, Concordia University
Co-director, Montréal Behavioural Medicine Centre (MBMC), CIUSSS-NIM

Kim L. Lavoie, PhD, FCPA, FABMR
Professor, Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Medicine, Department of Psychology, University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM)
Co-Director, Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre mbmc-cmcm.ca
Researcher, Chronic Disease Division, CIUSSS-NIM – Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montreal
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal
Co-Lead, International Behavioural Trials Network ibtnetwork.org
Chair, Canadian Network for Health Behavior Change can-change.ca
Member, College of the Royal Society of Canada

Partners of the Summer School

The Summer School initiative is offered yearly by the International Behavioural Trials Network (IBTN) Chair through Concordia University with the support of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (CIHR SPOR), the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Behavioural Medicine, Fonds du Recherche du Quebec: Societé et Culture (FRQSC), the Centre de recherche du Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (CR-CIUSSS-NIM), Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and the Montréal Behavioural Medicine Centre (MBMC). Previous partners included the University du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Chair in Behavioural Medicine.