In recognition of the gap between scientific knowledge and the implementation of that knowledge, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other organizations are leading a Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH) designed to educate PhD-level scientists about conducting dissemination and implementation (D&I) research. Psychological scientists and other experts interested in learning more about conducting D&I science in the health arena should apply by Sunday, June 23, 2019, to be considered for the institute.
According to the institute organizers, dissemination research is defined as the study of processes and factors that lead to widespread use of an evidence-based intervention, and implementation research works to understand processes and factors that are associated with integrating evidence-based interventions within particular settings. Behavioral sciences are central to successful D&I research.
TIDIRH is a 5-month online course between September 3, 2019 and January, 2020, which culminates in a 2-day in-person training experience held January 23-24, 2020, in Bethesda, MD, home of NIH. Participants are expected to return to their home institutions and share what they have learned.
To be eligible for participation in TIDIRH, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Doctoral degree, e.g., PhD
- Demonstrated experience and expertise in health science (e.g., behavioral medicine, public health, health policy)
- Not have attended certain other training programs on the topic of D&I research
Scientists from outside the United States are welcome to apply. There is no cost to attend the institute, but participants are expected to pay their own travel expenses to attend the in-person meeting.
Applications are due by June 23, 2019, and require a brief 300-word statement, a letter of recommendation from a research mentor or colleague, a CV, and a brief concept paper describing a research plan you hope to tackle following D&I training.
Interested in learning more about training opportunities at NIH? Read this March Observer article for a recent review.