Pre-Congress Workshops

All workshops take place on August 23, 2023

Tickets can be purchased upon registration for the Congress.

Full-Day Workshop

Date/Time: August 23, 2023, 09:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Facilitators: Dr. Kate Guastaferro, Dr. Angela Pfammatter

Learning Objectives:
1: Compare intervention evaluation and intervention optimization
2: Develop clearly articulated conceptual model
3: Understand how to select an experimental design from a resource management perspective
4: Understand practical strategies for proposing a factorial experiment in a research proposal

(1) Introduction to MOST with a hypothetical example of reducing viral load in HIV-positive individuals who drink heavily;
(2) Building conceptual models [interactive activity];
(3) Choosing an experimental design using the resource management principle;
(4) Introduction to decision-making [interactive activity]; and
(5) Grantsmanship & discussion

Typically, workshop attendees are behavioural scientists or intervention scientists who wish to design effective, efficient, economical and scalable interventions. The presentation is geared toward postdoctoral scholars, early career scientists, and senior scientists. An advanced graduate student can usually benefit from the workshop as well.

Half-Day Workshops

Date/Time: August 23, 2023, 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Facilitators: Dr. Sam Liu, Dr. Jonathan Rush, Amanda Willms

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe best practices for designing and deploying mobile health apps.
2. Develop mobile health apps using the “no-code” app development platform (Pathverse).
3. Discuss mobile app evaluation methods and previous research studies completed using the platform.

1) Introduction
2) Discuss how to use the “no-code” app development platform (Pathverse) for designing mobile health apps
3) Develop different types of mobile apps (e.g., patient education apps, adaptive interventions, ecological momentary assessments) using the Pathverse platform
4) Explore best practices for designing and evaluating mobile apps
5) Closing/Q&A

Target Group: This workshop is intended for individuals at all levels: students and trainees, early career professionals, and mid-career professionals are all welcome.

Date/Time: August 23, 2023, 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Facilitators: Dr. Nicole Nathan, Dr. Alix Hall, Prof. Luke Wolfenden, Adam Shoesmith
Learning Objectives:
This workshop will introduce participants to: (i) the concept of EBI sustainability; (ii) determinants to sustaining EBIs; (iii) theories, frameworks and applications; and (iv) practical methods for planning and addressing sustainability.
(i) Presentation on main concepts and current evidence in the sustainability field;
(ii) Interactive activity “think, pair, share” where participants will:
• Think of an EBI that has ceased delivery and reflect on why they believed it wasn’t sustained
• Pair with other participants to share their insights about the program and what they believe are the top reasons why it wasn’t sustained
• Share with the rest of the group the common reasons for their programs not being sustained;
(iii – part 1) Presentation on theories, frameworks, planning tools and their application in the field of sustainability;
(iii – part 2) Participants will use the EBI (from step ii above) and complete a sustainability planning tool, the Program Sustainability Assessment Tool (PSAT) and score this program. The PSAT will enable participants to assess this program’s current capacity for sustainability, and identify factors that may impact on the program’s long-term delivery. Their responses will identify sustainability strengths and challenges which they will use to guide sustainability action planning for the program. Participants will identify and discuss the lowest scoring domain for their project, determine whether similarities were identified across groups and think of possible solutions of how they may address this issue.
(iv) Summary presentation on how participants can map identified barriers and select appropriate sustainability strategies using existing methods and sustainability taxonomies.
Target Group: Policy makers, practitioners or researchers designing and implementing public health programs

Date/Time: August 23, 2023, 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Facilitators: Nana Wu, Keven Joyal-Desmarais, Ariany Marques Vieira, Reyhaneh Yousefi

Learning Objectives: By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

1) Define the reasons and rationales for undertaking a rapid systematic review or living systematic review rather than a traditional systematic review
2) Describe the key methodological decisions that need to be considered when conducting a rapid systematic review
3) Detail the key methodological decisions that need to be considered when conducting a living systematic review
4) Illustrate some of the key challenges (and solutions) when wanting to conduct analyses (e.g., meta-analyses) with data generated from these alternative review methodologies

Activities: There will be four brief introductory presentations that will be followed by experiential activities and a general discussion period. The session will end with a general Q&A to cover any unresolved issues across the four activity blocks. The presenters will use real-world examples to demonstrate some of the issues raised during the presentations and will provide participants with scenarios to work through. Each scenario will be from real-world examples and will provide opportunities for participants to develop both knowledge and skills around the topic areas.
Target Group: Researchers, healthcare professionals, or policy makers is interested in evidence synthesis methods
Date/Time: August 23, 2023, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Facilitator: Dr. Melissa DeJonckheere
Learning Objectives:
To describe the 10 steps of mixed methods research
To list three benefits or challenges to integrating qualitative and quantitative designs in a mixed methods approach

Activities: We, among the foremost experts in mixed methods research, will discuss with workshop attendees:
— A concise overview of qualitative (ethnography, grounded theory, phenomenology, and case study approaches) and their intersection with mixed methods research designs.
— The integration of quantitative approaches, particularly from survey research, with mixed methods research designs.
— The 10 steps of mixed methods research
— Publishing and funding mixed methods research
— Additional training programs in mixed methods research

During the workshop, we will discuss the conduct of a mixed methods study of HPV vaccine hesitancy after a mass psychogenic response in Colombia, with data from focus groups and surveys. We will also apply the mixed methods approach to a registry- and focus-group based study of HPV vaccine uptake in the rural (US) midwest.

Attendees will be encouraged to work in small groups, exploring both these examples, as well as their own, with consultation from the workshop leaders.

Target Group: Beginning mixed methods researchers
Date/Time: August 23, 2023, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Facilitator: Prof. Mette Torp Høybye, Charlotte Nørholm
Learning Objectives
1: Participants can critically reflect on the need for and practice of transparency in qualitative research.
2: Participants can bring their insights and reflections on specific qualitative data and data problems into a collective process of analysis.
3: Participants will have tested the OYD framework for qualitative analysis and can bring the idea back to their research environments as a way to foster collaborative and creative engagement of qualitative research data.

The workshop gives a brief introduction to qualitative data analysis, raising questions about how we can collaborate on data problems. This includes a more specific introduction to the OYD framework that we will work with.
Following this, we spend two hours in smaller groups working with the OYD format. Each person in the group will present data and a data problem. The group will unfold a collaborative analysis of this in two rounds of reflection and discussion. Participants will be divided into groups of five persons, where everyone gets a chance to get reflections on their data.
Each data problem/ data owner gets 20 minutes and within two hours we have worked our way through the data problems.
The workshop will wrap up with half an hour of shared reflection on the format and learning points from the work, as well as a more general discussion about transparency in qualitative analysis.

Target Group:
Participants should have prior experience with producing qualitative research data. We welcome all types of qualitative methods, data, analytical strategies, and methodological perspectives. Participants must be ready to share a small piece of their own data in anonymized form during the workshop. All participants bring their own qualitative data to discuss in the form of an interview transcript, field notes, photos, etc. The maximum length of the data excerpt is 2 pages. The data should be anonymized and printed out in five copies for group work.
Date/Time: August 23, 2023, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Facilitator: Dr. Freddie Lymeus
Learning Objectives
1) Map existing links between own research and sustainable development goals.
2) Analyze underdeveloped links and possibilities for behavioral medicine field.
3) Synthesize questions/problems/blindspots to address for improved integration.
4) Generate new, integrated own research ideas.
The 3-hour workshop will be organized around the UN sustainable development goals and 4 phases of co-creative activities: 1) initial mapping of links between own research/practice and sustainable development goals (in workgroups, n≈ 5; then quantitatively summarized for whole group); 2) building on initial mapping, analysis of yet underdeveloped links and possibilities (in workgroups, n≈ 5); 3) short presentations of workgroup analyses and unresolved questions (to whole group); and 4) integration, discussion and conclusions (whole group). Briefer variations on this workshop format have previously been tested and appreciated in diverse disciplinary groups at Uppsala University. 
Target Group: 
The main target group is early career researchers and researcher/practitioners looking to identify or develop possibilities to integrate sustainable development in their work. No particular preparations, preexisting knowledge or experience are expected.