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Dr. Heather Bush

September 13, 2017

College/Unit: College of Public Health

Department: Interim Chair of Biostatistics

What services do you and your teammates provide to campus?

I'm an Associate Professor of Biostatistics and an Endowed Faculty in the Center for Research on Violence Against Women (CRVAW); I’ve been in the College of Public Health since 2006. We (Bush & Coker) were funded by the CDC to evaluate programs for preventing sexual violence and alcohol/substance abuse. We have worked with our partners (Ashley Rouster-Rigby, Kelsey Hinken, and Drew Smith) to implement and evaluate prevention program conditions in varying modalities. Over the last two academic years, we have trained more than 2500 incoming students via this funded randomized controlled trial. 

Tell us about your collaboration with ITS and the ITS services that the College utilizes:

We worked with Adam Recktenwald (Executive Director, Enterprise Applications) in the design of the randomized controlled trial, as recruiting first-year students was challenging. Adam suggested specific periods in time that would increase our participation rate.  
The greatest benefit of our collaboration has been the use of micro surveys (application developed by ITS). We were encouraged to keep our surveys to students brief, utilizing 1-2 short questions. This is a survey strategy that we had not used in previous projects. We found that students were very receptive and preferred short, frequent surveys to longer, in-depth surveys. This has allowed us to better capture the experience of the students and their role in the prevention of violence and substance abuse.  
We couldn't have done the research study without Adam's team. They have been invaluable. ITS was able to give us suggestions that improved our use of technology, helping us engage students in an innovative way. We are continuing to use these technologies in new research initiatives.