College of Public Health students graduating

Grand Rounds

Tidings from TIDIRH: Dissemination & Implementation Research in Public Health

Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nursing 115
Presenter: Drs. Tina Studts, UK, and Jodi Pohala, ETSU

This presentation will provide an overview of the cutting-edge field of dissemination and implementation (D&I) research in the context of public health. The enormous gap between what we know works and what actually happens in real world public health practice must be eliminated if we hope to truly optimize public health. The presenters recently attended the Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH) sponsored by NIH, OBSSR, NCI, NIMH, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Washington University in St. Louis. They will share insights about the methods and approaches used in D&I research, the current momentum and opportunities in D&I research, and resources available from TIDIRH.

Dr. Jodi Polaha is an Associate Professor of Psychology at East Tennessee State University. Her life’s work has involved innovation in rural mental health service delivery for children. In particular, she is very interested in bringing evidence-based treatments to community settings such as primary care and via telehealth. She describes herself as a “pracademic” with equal time in workforce and service delivery, training students across multiple professions, research, and program development. As such, she has a passion for end-point research and strives to bring a pragmatism to research in these contexts. When she is not enjoying her career, she is out on a bicycle or a hike in the mountains with her husband and two young boys.

Dr. Christina Studts is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior. Her clinical experience and research training converge on a specific translational research focus: the delivery of evidence-based health promotion interventions in underserved populations, particularly in rural Appalachia. Within this context, she has a strong interest in the early identification and prevention of disruptive behavior disorders in preschool-aged children.