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August 2021

Dear DISC Members & Investigators,

We have several exciting DISC events planned to kick off the academic year!

On August 30th at 1PM PDT, Dr. Erika Crable will lead an Implementation Science Seminar (ISS) and provide an overview of her research focused on using policy D&I science approaches to improve the use of evidence-based substance use disorder treatment for underserved populations.

We are also delighted to host a quarterly ISS Series entitled “Maximizing Policy to Enhance Equity in Dissemination and Implementation Science and Practice.”  Register for the first ISS session on September 10th @ 12:00PM PDT featuring Dr. Jonathan Purtle, Dr. Ross Brownson, and Dr. Nicole Stadnick. Discussion will cover questions one might ask in policy D&I research, thoughts on applying D&I frameworks to the policy level, and the importance of and challenges associated with building policy-research partnerships. Share your burning questions in advance of this session here!

Join us for our next DISC Journal Club on September 9th at 2PM PDT. Drs. Elva Arredondo and Ross Brownson will facilitate a rich discussion on infusing equity into D&I science and highlight their recent published works “ Implementation Science Should Give Higher Priority to Health Equity” and "Expanding Implementation Research to Prevent Chronic Diseases in Community Settings". Please submit your discussion questions ahead of time here!

We have launched Early Bird Registration for our upcoming 2-day, virtual DISC Advanced Series Workshop, "How to get funded in D&I Science"! The workshop is open to all DISC and ACTRI members, community partners, and anyone interested in building a diverse and sustainable D&I research portfolio.

Lastly, we wanted to acknowledge the very tragic and challenging events in Haiti and Afghanistan. Please consider donating to Hope for Haiti or UNICEF to promote and protect human lives including those of children during times of crisis.

With gratitude,

The UC San Diego ACTRI DISC Team

D&I Job and Fellowship Opportunities

Implementation Science Data Analyst

University of Washington is hiring a Implementation Science Data Analyst who is passionate about implementation science, has a mixed-methods background and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Apply Here

Implementation Scientist, Assistant Professor

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Department of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking candidates who have expertise in implementation science with a record of academic achievement to build a leading program in pediatric D&I. Information here!

Vanderbilt University Medical Center' Child Health Policy Faculty Recruitment

Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Child Health Policy Institute is recruiting a faculty member with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorder experience. Researchers with a broad array of child health-related research expertise are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should send a CV and cover letter to Stephen Patrick, MD, MPH, MS at

UCSD PREPARE Institute Program Manager

Pandemic Response to Emerging Pathogens, Antimicrobial Resistance, and Equity (PREPARE) Institute is recruiting a Program Manager. PREPARE Institute’s mission is to engage, support and foster scientific discovery and implementation within the San Diego community to predict, prevent and mitigate local, national, global and emerging infectious threats. Click for more information!

Inter-CFAR Fellowship in HIV & IS
The inter-CFAR Implementation Science Working Group and the Mid-Atlantic CFAR Implementation Science Hub are welcoming applications for an NIH-funded training opportunity in implementation science (IS) for early stage investigators engaging in HIV-related research. For more details, click here!

& Events
DISC Member Spotlight
Dr. Desiree Shapiro
DISC Member, Dr. Desiree Shapiro is an Associate Clinical Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at University California, San Diego/Rady Children's Hospital.
Congratulations DISC Co-Director, Dr. Borsika Rabin!
Congratulations Dr. Borsika Rabin for your promotion to an Associate Professor at the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science!

The Centre for Behavioural and Implementation Science Interventions (BISI) at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS Medicine) is hosting a new webinar. The inaugural webinar: 'Behavioural and Implementation Science – Shaping and Sustaining the Future of Health,' is on September 7 at 5-6pm AEST/ 3-4pm SGT/ 8-9am BST. You can register here!

VA Webinar: Iterative Pragmatic Approaches to Guiding & Evaluating Adaptations in Real-World Settings - Drs. Borsika Rabin and Russell Glasgow This presentation on September 2nd at 12:00pm EDT will provide an overview of concepts and models for adaptations and describe iterative and pragmatic approaches to plan, document, and evaluate adaptations in real-world settings. Register here!
Practical Guidance for Embodying Equity in Implementation Workshop
The Center for Implementation is hosting a free workshop on 9/21 at 12PM-2PM ET. Click here for more information
DISC Journal Club & Works in Progress 
Join the DISC Journal Club on September 9th at 2:00pm PDT to learn from Dr. Ross Brownson and Dr. Elva Arredondo about Health Equity. Submit questions ahead of time HERE. Journal Club occurs the second Thursday of every month at 2pm PDT.
Community Working Group
The DISC started a Monthly Working Group to build a D&I Community Lab. The next meeting is September 8th at 9am PDT. The central goal is to increase community-based capacity to incorporate D&I science into existing work and facilitate linkages between D&I practitioners and community partners. To join, email the DISC!
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Implementation Science Seminar: Dr. Erika Crable

DISC Advanced Series Workshop - Fall 2021

Submit questions ahead of time HERE.

Implementation Science Seminar - Quarterly Policy Series

Submit questions ahead of time HERE.

Society for Implementation Research Collaboration Conference 2022

Recent DISC Investigator Publications
Mental Health Services for Autistic Individuals Across the Lifespan: Recent Advances and Current Gaps
Drs. Kelsey Dickson, Nicole Stadnick, Lauren Brookman-Frazee 
How Shared Is Shared Decision Making? Reaching the Full Potential of Patient-Clinician Collaboration in Mental Health
Drs. Emily Treichler, Borsika Rabin, and Gregory Light
Understanding adaptations in the Veteran Health Administration’s Transitions Nurse Program: refining methodology and pragmatic implications for scale-up
Dr. Borsika Rabin
Implementation of school-based services for students with autism: Barriers and facilitators across urban and rural districts and phases of implementation
Drs. Jessica Suhrheinrich, Melina Melgarejo, Gregory A. Aarons, and Lauren Brookman-Frazee 
*only DISC Investigators and Members are listed*

DISC Member Spotlight
Dr. Desiree Shapiro is an Associate Clinical Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at University California, San Diego (UCSD)/Rady Children's Hospital. She currently serves as the Medical Director of the UC San Diego Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Inclusive Excellence Program. She also serves as the Advisor for Student Wellness at UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Shapiro is passionate about innovative care delivery methods, partnering with communities and schools, co-creating mental health workshops, and empowering youth voice.  
  1. How would you describe your D&I research in one sentence? My research is currently exploring the feasibility and impact of implementing educational initiatives to grow a more inclusive child and adolescent psychiatry workforce. 
  2. What are three key research or practice issues that you are most passionate about? I am passionate about engaging in community partnerships and projects that have the potential to increase mental health understanding and awareness, decrease stigma, and promote wellbeing. When working with and learning from youth, schools, and community agencies, we are better able to approach challenges collectively and creatively; in addition, we build cultural empathy and awareness. It is an honor to work with adolescents, schools, and educators in San Diego on mental health literacy curriculum, workshops, and projects. Finally, I am passionate about cultivating kind and compassionate educational and working environments that allow for innovation, fun, and sustainable careers. 
  3. What is something interesting or unique about your background? I am not the typical DISC super researcher so I am honored to have been interviewed! I was fortunate to have outstanding research mentors before and during medical school. Dr. Jodi Prochaska was an extraordinary sponsor who gave me the opportunity to learn about healthy behavior change and mental health from an esteemed and productive leader in the field. Later, another super mentor, Dr. Jim Sallis, encouraged my interest in physical activity and generously shared his expertise. After these experiences, I focused mostly on clinical training and care, organized medicine, and educational programming for a few years so recently jumping back into the creative world of research has been challenging, but absolutely rewarding. 
  4. What have you gained from your involvement in the DISC? The DISC consults I have had with Dr. Stadnick, Dr. Brookman-Frazee, Dr. Sarah Linke, and Clare Viglione have been incredibly helpful and useful. Their collaborative and community centered focus have prompted me to reach out to colleagues in different disciplines and programs to explore overlap in ideas. Their team of experts offer so many talks, trainings, and educational offerings that are informative, welcoming, and meant to spark connection. The DISC is a wonderful resource with sincere and inspirational leadership. 
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