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(2-019) ECPN LUNCHEON: Critical Dialogue Skills to Address Microaggressions in Prevention Science

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 11:45am – 1:00pm

ECPN LUNCH (registration required)

Welcome and Introductions:  Sarah Lindstrom Johnson, PhD, Arizona State University


  • Jessika Bottiani, PhD, MPH; University of Virginia
  • Katrina Debnam, PhD, MPH; University of Virginia
  • K. Elizabeth Kim, PhD; University of Southern California
  • Elise Pas; PhD; Johns Hopkins University


Jyotsna Vanapalli, SPHR, University of Maryland


As prevention scientists, we are committed to work that fosters well-being and builds inclusion and equity. To do this well, we need to develop the important early career professional competency of promoting dialogue on difficult and complex social issues. Specifically, microaggressions can present challenging and emotionally-fraught situations for everyone involved. We have all experienced, witnessed, or even perhaps unwittingly perpetrated microaggressions in our everyday work environments with colleagues, students, supervisors, or community partners. Microaggressions can be rooted in implicit biases or stereotypes related (but not limited) to racism, nationalism, heterosexism, transphobia, ableism, sexism, sizeism, marital status, and religious stereotypes. The capacity to handle these incidents fruitfully, as teachable moments, is critical to building emotionally safe learning spaces and work team dynamics (e.g., research labs, classrooms, work communities, collaborative partnerships). Designed to promote cross-group dialogue among all ECPN members with respect to our myriad and diverse identities, this skill-building session presents an opportunity for participants to learn specific strategies to recognize, interrupt, and address microaggressions (whether in the role of victim, offender, or bystander). Scenarios will also highlight sensitive situations in the context of power differentials (e.g., professor-student or supervisor-supervisee relationships). Interactive activities will support participants’ skill development and sense of agency to take action when microaggressions occur by recognizing and respecting boundaries, promoting critical consciousness raising, supporting empathy development, and building mutual trust. These skills are broadly applicable to productive engagement in collaborative prevention science efforts.


11:45-12:00 Pick up lunch and select a table

12:00-12:15 Introduction

12:15-12:45 Table discussions

12:45-1:00 Closure activity


(3-046) ECPN SESSION I: Building community partnerships for research and intervention

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 3-4:30PM


  • Melissa Cox, PhD, MPH; East Carolina University
  • Kimberly Rhoades, PhD; New York University
  • Lindsey Weiler, PhD; University of Minnesota


  • Nina Yamanis, PhD, MPH; American University
  • Catalina Sol, MPH; La Clinica del Pueblo
  • Tamar Mendelson, PhD; Johns Hopkins University
  • Ali Smith/ Atman Smith/ Andres Gonzalez; Holistic Life Foundation; *NOTE: one of three of the cofounders will attend, they will decide at a later date, all three can be listed in the program
  • Manolya Tanyu, PhD; American Institutes for Research
  • Jacqueline Lloyd, PhD, National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Abigail Gewirtz, PhD; University of Minnesota
  • LTC James McKnight, DrPH, MS, CPH; Department of Defense

Prevention efforts within communities is nearly impossible without strong partnerships. However, if you are new to a community or a research field, building these collaborations seems daunting. This session will focus on the key steps to building partnerships for both research and intervention such as identifying partners, building collaboration, and obtaining funding for partnership work. A panel of community and academic partners will provide insight from their experience building partnership teams for successful research and practice initiatives.


(4-021) ECPN SESSION II: Crafting and implementing high-quality pilot or small scale studies

Friday, June 1, 2018, 1-2:30 PM


  • Brian Barber, PhD, Kent State University
  • MeLisa Creamer, PhD, MPH; University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Sun-Kyung Lee, PhD; University of Minnesota
  • Kai Wei, MSW; University of Pittsburgh


  • Gerald August, PhD, University of Minnesota
  • Maureen Conroy, PhD, University of Florida
  • Jacquelyn Lloyd, PhD, National Institutes on Drug Abuse


Pilot and small scale studies are requisite activities for early career prevention scientists seeking to build preliminary evidence and support for larger trials. Although preliminary or “promise” data are often collected as a part of these early investigations, high-quality pilot studies predominantly focus on aspects of an investigation which help to validate the researcher’s procedures and approach. Determining the feasibility/usability, cost- or cost-benefit, sustainability, social validity, etc. of procedures is a valuable endeavor, and if well-considered can provide important information used in support of efficacy and large-scale trials. Experts across areas related to designing and implementing high-quality pilot and small scale studies provide strategies for maximizing the value of this important research.



Thursday, May 31, 2018, 8:00 pm  – 10:00 pm

Chair: Sarah Lindstrom Johnson

Location: Federal City Bar, 525 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, DC.  Located in the Washington Court Hotel.

Take a break from conference sessions and join us for an informal networking social-see old colleagues, make new contacts, and enjoy an evening out in Washington, DC!  This is an opportunity to connect with early career professionals from multiple disciplines, learn more about ECPN, and most importantly, have fun.  You don’t have to be an active member of ECPN to attend, all early career individuals (students, postdocs, and professionals) are welcome!



The ECPN Student Poster Contest was initiated in 2009 to encourage student attendance and participation in the annual meeting, increase student visibility at the conference, attract new student members to SPR and ECPN, and encourage existing student members to become full members upon graduation. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to enter. The posters will be displayed during the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening SPR poster sessions, and winners will be announced on Thursday at the awards presentation. The top 3 poster winners will receive a $250 travel award plus a free 1-year SPR membership. Honorable mention poster authors will receive a 1-year SPR membership. SPR memberships will be awarded for the next year (2019).  Judging criteria include innovation, importance of the research topic to the field, quality, use of advanced methods, and contribution to prevention science.  We are very excited that the ECPN Student Poster Contest continues to be an annual event.



We all love the session coffee breaks, but now there is another reason: the ECPN Table (located in the registration area).  Drop by to meet other early career prevention scientists, pick up information about ECPN conference sessions and other upcoming training events, and pick up your ECPN name badge ribbon.  Also, take a look at our jobs board and feel free to share information about open postings with your colleagues. We look forward to seeing you there!  Make sure you enter our raffle for the chance to win a free 1-year SPR membership. 



Thursday, May 31, 2018, 6:45am-7:45am

Location: Hotel Lobby (Hyatt Regency Washington)

Lead: Kim Rhoades

 Join your friends and colleagues for a fun run/walk on the National Mall. Meet in the hotel lobby and join us for a fun run or a relaxing walk. Strollers are welcome. All are invited!