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Special Interest Groups


The Society for Prevention Research 23rd Annual Meeting, “Integrating Prevention Science and Public Policy,” will take place May 26-29, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

The SPR Program Planning Committee is offering the Special Interest Groups (SIGs), and we invite members to chair and convene a SIG. The purpose of the SIGs is to facilitate networking opportunities of conference attendees who would like to discuss in greater depth a specific prevention research, policy, or practice topic. The SIG convener is expected to be in attendance and facilitate the meeting, which would be open to all interested SPR conference attendees. The  SIG can be formal with a planned agenda or informal depending upon the convener and the participants.

To submit your SIG requests, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QH55LVZ.

Please note the deadline for SIG requests is Friday, February 13, 2015.

SIGs from 2014 included:

  • Design Parameters for Planning Multilevel Intervention Studies
  • Funding Opportunities for Prevention Research with Military Personnel, Veterans and Their Families
  • Genetics and the Prevention of Behavioral Disorders—Moving the Science Forward
  • Implementation and Adaptation in Prevention Research
  • Implementing and Evaluating High School PBIS and Safe & Supportive Schools
  • Links Between Education and Health Across the Lifespan
  • Optimizing Preventive Interventions
  • Prevention and Promotion Efforts Focused on Early Childhood Maltreatment
  • Prevention Research Among American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • Prevention Research Under Healthcare Reform
  • Prevention Research with out of Home Youth – Foster Care & Juvenile Justice System Involved Youth
  • Social Networks and the Diffusion of Intervention Effects
  • SPR: Ensuring High Quality and Dynamic Presentations at Future SPR Annual Meetings: Possibilities to Consider and Pitfalls to Avoid
  • Strengths, Challenges, and Future Directions of Community Based Participatory Research in the Context of Prevention Programming
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Trauma Informed Prevention

Conveners may request a repeat of a 2014 SIG or request a new SIG. After the requests for SIGs have been received and confirmed, SPR will circulate the list to the conference attendees who may sign up in advance, although advance registration is not required. SPR will coordinate the meeting space and time and approximately two weeks in advance of the meeting will provide the convener with the list of attendees who have signed up in advance. Deadline to submit SIG requests is Friday, February 13, 2015.

The SIGs will be scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 or Thursday, May 28, 2015, from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, which is during the lunch break (11:45 am – 1:15 pm). Participants would purchase a lunch in t hotel or from one of the lunch spots near the hotel and bring it with them to the meeting. Meeting space is limited. We will confirm your request via e-mail by mid-March 2015. If the number of requests exceeds space limitations, the SPR Program Planning Committee will prioritize decisions based on representing a diversity of SIGs to best capture the interests of the membership. Confirmed  SIGs will be listed in the conference program, which will indicate the date, time, convener, and meeting room assignment.

If you have any questions about  SIG meetings, please contact Jennifer Lewis, Executive Director, at either jenniferlewis@preventionresearch.org or call 703-934-4850, ext. 213.