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Join us at the SPR's 14th Annual Meeting

Applying Prevention Science to Reduce Health Disparities

    May 31 - June 2, 2006
    San Antonio, TX

Hyatt Regency Hotel
123 Losoya St.
San Antonio, TX 78205



Pre-Conference Workshops
May 30, 2006

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Call for Papers/Abstracts
Abstract Submissions
Presenting Author Acceptances
Meeting Program Presenting Author Schedule
Meeting Objectives and Overview 
Program Highlights
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Please join us for the 14th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research in historic and charming San Antonio, TX, USA. This year's program will be held Wednesday, May 31 — Friday, June 2, 2006, at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio on the Riverwalk. Don't miss this opportunity to meet and mingle with more than 700 researchers from around the country at the premier meeting for prevention science! If you register by April 10, 2006, you will receive the discounted early registration rate.


The 14th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research will be held from Wednesday, May 31 – Friday, June 2, 2006. All Annual Meeting sessions and events will take place in the Hyatt Regency San Antonio located at 123 Losoya, San Antonio, TX 78205. For information on San Antonio, TX visit the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Association website at

Meeting Objectives and Program Overview

The Society for Prevention Research is an international organization focused upon the advancement of science-based prevention programs and policies through empirical research. The membership of the organization includes scientists, practitioners, advocates, administrators, and policy makers who are concerned with the prevention of social, physical and mental health problems and the promotion of health, safety, and well-being.

The meeting seeks to present the latest in prevention science from across international regions in the areas of epidemiology, etiology, preventive intervention trials, demonstration projects, policy research, natural experiments, program evaluations, clinical trials, prevention-related basic research, pre-intervention studies, efficacy and effectiveness trials, population trials, and studies of the diffusion/dissemination of science-based prevention.

The conference theme, “Applying Prevention Science to Reduce Health Disparities”, is meant to be comprehensive.

Special Topic Themes for 2006

Health Disparities
This year’s conference seeks to focus the field on the problem of health disparities, such as the differences among racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups in health and well-being, the factors that influence these disparities, and the ways in which these disparities can be reduced. What are the most promising ways in which prevention science can be applied towards advancing the Healthy People 2010 ( objectives for improving the health of the nation? Submissions are welcomed that articulate how prevention science can address several key factors: biological, behavioral, social environment, physical environment, policies, to reduce health disparities and to promote health and well-being.

International Collaboration
Efforts to prevent morbidity, mortality and disability constitute a universal human endeavour. Worldwide, various cultures and societies have engaged in problem solving in effort to maintain and to enhance the health and well being of their members. As various cultural groups worldwide respond to local challenges, variation exists in their strategies for promoting health and preventing disease. In addition, the globalization of information and subsequent exchange of resources, and the proliferation of disease and problem behaviors prompt the need for developing partnerships and collaborations to identify the most effective ways to address a wide variety of health issues and to reduce health disparities via the application of the best prevention interventions available.

Integrating Biological and Social Factors
From a biopsychosocial perspective, as many of the major health problems are complex and exert their effects across several ecological levels, it is imperative that prevention and treatment be conceptualized and implemented across these various levels from the micro to the macro. Thus, preventive interventions will be enhanced by the integration of knowledge from these various levels of analysis.

Promoting Well-Being
One approach for addressing health disparities is to prevent disease and problem behavior in high risk populations by promoting well-being among those not yet affected by disease or disability. Finding ways to motivate high risk populations to invest in their own health constitutes a major challenge. Research on ways to promote well-being actively addresses these challenges and puts to the test the best scientific approaches when applied to complex and multi-problem populations. Currently, the need exists to integrate the perspectives that emphasize the promotion of well-being with those that focus on the prevention of problems.

Early Adolescence
Each year, SPR focuses on a different stage of development. The 2006 conference invites special attention to the period of early adolescence. It is a critical developmental period because of the biological, social, and cognitive changes that occur. Extending roughly from age 11 through age 14, it is the period when most psychological and behavioral problems begin to escalate. Better understanding of the developmental processes involved in this period and the ways that problem development could be prevented and successful development enhanced would be of substantial value.

Emerging Opportunities for Prevention Research

Diabetes and Obesity Prevention and Management
Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes now constitute emerging epidemics within American society. The best of prevention science is needed to address this emerging epidemic and to reduce current and future diseases and disabilities that are expected to emerge within the American population as a result of these disorders. Gene-environment interactive mechanisms involving sociocultural changes including: modernization, acculturation, assimilation, diminished or accelerated socioeconomic mobility, and their interaction with genetic susceptibilities offer complex but promising models for understanding these epidemics particularly when manifested among racial/ethnic and other high-risk populations. Addressing current and future health disparities induced by obesity and diabetes calls for the implementation of the best of prevention science to eliminate or reduce these health problems as effectively as possible.

Innovation in the Development of Preventive Interventions
Inspection of the effect sizes of existing preventive interventions indicates that there is much room for improving their efficacy. The development of a new generation of more efficacious preventive interventions will require innovation. Therefore, SPR seeks to foster discussion of the ways in which preventive interventions are developed and the implications of developments in other areas of the behavioral sciences and technology that might serve as sources of innovation.

Monitoring Systems for Youth and Children
Progress in improving the health and well-being of children in various communities requires the development and implementation of well functioning local and regional systems of surveillance and evaluation. Conference submissions that describe such systems, their use, or the processes involved in getting them established would contribute to prevention scientists’ ability to foster the widespread development of such systems.

Violence Prevention
Violent actions occurring within couples and families, and within societies serve as sources of death, disability and psychological impairment that impose on society immeasurable costs in terms of losses and suffering. A major challenge in prevention science involves developing a more accurate prediction of future violent behavior, as well as the development of more effective violence prevention interventions.

Addictive Behaviors
Addictive behaviors include high frequency and quantity in the consumption of various substances: illicit drugs (cocaine, heroin, marijuana), and other pharmacologically active substances (caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs), as well as high consumerism (gambling, overeating, compulsive buying, etc.). Moreover, emerging and more advanced models of addictive behavior involve the integration of biological, psychological, social, and other factors. As addictive behaviors are resistant to treatment and typically involve multiple episodes of relapse, they pose a special challenge to the application of the best prevention science to prevent their occurrence, and to provide more effective treatments.

Exploring Intervention Fidelity and Adaptation
A contemporary challenge in prevention science involves addressing concurrently the competing imperatives of administering a tested and effective prevention program with fidelity, while also having sensitivity to the unique and complex issues faced within the applied setting, issues that require adjustments for sensitivity and responsiveness to the unique needs of particular clients and settings. Finding ways to address both issues simultaneously while also enhancing and not diminishing program effectiveness requires better approaches to prevention program design and implementation.

Basic Prevention Research Themes

Knowing the prevalence of specific problems or disorders, the distribution of risk factors in the population, shifts in risk factors and the distribution of problems over time to designing effective prevention programs. An emphasis on basic behavioral science and epidemiology will remain the basis of strong intervention and prevention programs. Epidemiological studies typically reflect phase 1 and 2 trials in a biomedical model of intervention development.

Prevention science includes research that has a high probability of yielding results that will likely be applicable to disease prevention. Basic research efforts generate knowledge that contributes to the development of future preventive efforts. Etiological studies typically reflect Phase 1 trials in a biomedical model.

Efficacy Trials
Efficacy trials demonstrate the “proof of concept” with a specified population under conditions of high quality assurance and strong research designs (typically randomized controlled designs). Efficacy trials answer the basic question of whether there are benefits from a proposed innovation. In a biomedical model of intervention development, these are Phase 3 trials.

Effectiveness Trials
The true test of a prevention program is not the efficacy in the research setting but the effectiveness in the real-life setting with the community in charge of the program. Effectiveness trials involve replicating an efficacious intervention under real world conditions in community settings. There is less quality assurance on an ongoing basis and the outcomes demonstrate the likely impact of an intervention when delivered without the original research team. In a biomedical model, these are Phase 4 trials.

Careful trials to assess which programs would be particularly well suited for dissemination, which individuals would be most likely to benefit, and which disorders are prevented are important steps in program development. Almost no interventions have been taken to scale nationally or internationally; dissemination research identifies strategies for taking interventions to scale and identifies potential barriers to dissemination.

Cross-Cutting Thematic Papers

Multivariate Model Testing
The development of prevention science is being greatly facilitated by the use of sophisticated multivariate models of person-environment interactions, including the impact of interventions, and the effects of variables at multiple levels, such as the individual, family, and school. Presentations that extend prevention scientists’ understanding of the use of multivariate models can contribute to developments across the entire range of substantive issues addressed by prevention scientists.

Innovation in Methods
Prevention science owes much of its progress to the development of new measures, designs, and statistical analyses. Continued contributions to the development of innovations in prevention science methods are vital to our progress. For example, mixed-methods approaches that integrate qualitative and quantitative methodologies within a unified research design may offer more informative research results, although this approach still lacks robustness and scientific rigor. “Cutting edge” studies and methodological analyses are welcomed that address measurement, statistical, methodological and practical challenges to prevention science, as well as the benefits offered by various innovative methods.

Cultural Competence
Growing diversity within the American population increases the need for competence in developing and evaluating preventive interventions that will be appropriate and effective with diverse groups and special populations, including African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, and American Indians/Native Americans. Moreover, with world globalization, the need exists for a more in-depth understanding of diverse cultures, their values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors, as these relate to prevention and treatment, and to the reduction of health disparities. Although the cultural competence movement emerged from the health services arena, a stronger scientific foundation is needed for the design of culturally competent and scientifically rigorous research and interventions. Presentations that contribute to the cultural competence of prevention scientists or to the empirical understanding of cultural competence would therefore be valuable.

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• Three plenary sessions
• A full day of pre-conference workshops
• More than 300 organized symposia, roundtable discussions/scientific dialogues and paper presentations
• Two evening poster sessions/receptions
• ECPN Luncheon
• NIH Events
• Annual Minority Scholarship Dance with the Mothers of Prevention

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ECPN Luncheon

DATE: Wednesday, May 31, 2006, Hyatt Regency San Antonio
TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
COST: $20, Registration Required. Limited to first 100 registrants


DATE: Wednesday, May 31, 2005
TIME: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

One of the many exciting opportunities that the upcoming SPR meeting affords is the chance to meet the people whose research has been meaningful in the development of our own work in the prevention field. For the past five years, ECPN has organized a series of "Meet the Scientist" dinners in response to a suggestion by the board of SPR. ECPN will once again be organizing this event at the 2006 SPR conference in Washington, D.C.. We recognize that it is not always easy for early career folks to network with senior scientists, and hope that this event provides a helpful mechanism for doing so. We will announce when the application form is available via the SPR and the ECPN listservs.

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DATE: Thursday, June 1, 2006
TIME: 9:30 PM – 12:30 AM
COST: $20

Join your SPR friends and colleagues at the 4rd ANNUAL SPR FUNDRAISING DANCE to benefit minority participant scholarships. Dance to the music of the Mothers of Prevention featuring your favorite musicians and colleagues: Brian Bumbarger, drums and vocals, Gil Botvin, trumpet and flugelhorn, Celene Domitrovich, vocals, Jim Emshoff, electric piano and vocals, John Graham, guitar and vocals, David Hawkins, acoustic guitar and vocals, John Jimenez, lead guitar, and Randy Swain, bass guitar. Register on-line in advance or purchase tickets at the annual meeting.

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Call for Papers

The Community of Science (COS) Web site will be managing our abstract submissions this year. The COS site is available for submissions beginning Wednesday, September 7, 2005. To facilitate reviews and scheduling, all abstracts will be submitted via the Web site. Special arrangements may be worked out through the SPR administrative office for those unable to access the Internet.


In order to review all submitted work, we ask that all abstracts be submitted no later than 11:59 pm, Eastern Time, Monday, October 17, 2005.

Presenting Author Acceptance notifications will be e-mailed by March 3, 2006.

Presenting Author Schedule Notifications will be e-mailed in March 2006.

The complete schedule will be available in April 2006.

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The Hyatt Regency San Antonio is the host hotel for the Annual Meeting. Discounted room reservations are available through the Hyatt Reservations Department at 1-800-233-1234. When making your reservation, reference the 2006 Society for Prevention Research 14th Annual Meeting.

SPR has negotiated special discount room rates for you at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio. Your patronage of this official hotel makes it possible for SPR to secure the meeting room space needed for this event at greatly reduced cost. Please book at the Hyatt and book early.

Please note that the cut-off date for hotel reservations and to receive the discounted rate is April 13, 2006. Reserve early for the best selection.

Room Rates per Night
Single: $155.00 plus state and local sales tax. Double: $165.00, plus state and local sales tax. Triple: $190.00 plus state and local sales tax.

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Suggested dress for the SPR meeting, receptions, and dinner is business casual.


Smoking is prohibited during all sessions and in public areas of the hotel.


Anyone requiring special administrative assistance in order to participate in the SPR Annual Meeting is asked to contact the SPR Office, 703-934-4850 or email


Please address questions to:

Society for Prevention Research
11240 Waples Mill Road, Suite 200
Fairfax, VA 22030 USA
Tel: (703)–934-4850
Fax: (703)–359-7562

We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!


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11240 Waples Mill Road, Suite 200
Fairfax, VA 22030
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