Panelists

Dr Geoffrey M. Curran

Geoff Curran  is a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). His broad research area has been health services research, with focus areas in 1) diffusion of innovation in a variety of health care settings (e.g., pharmacy, specialty care, primary care, and community settings); and 2) predictors of treatment engagement and outcomes for mental health and substance use disorders.  Dr. Curran is a medical sociologist.  For the past 20 years he has been continually funded by the National Institutes of Health (US), the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and other funders to develop and test a range of implementation strategies designed to support the uptake and sustainment of evidence-based practices.  Dr. Curran also has written widely on research design and methodology in implementation science.  He is the Director of the Center for Implementation Research, which is supported by the Translational Research Institute (TRI, UL1 TR003107), through the US National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the US National Institutes of Health (US NIH).  The Center is devoted to developing and testing implementation strategies across a wide range of service contexts, assisting with the implementation of practices within community practices, and training the next generation of implementation scientists.

Dr Gregory A. Aarons

Gregory Aarons, PhD is Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego, Co-Director of the UCSD Dissemination and Implementation Science Center (UCSD-DISC), and Director of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC).  Dr.Aarons is a clinical and organizational psychologist who focuses on improving behavioral health care in service systems in the US and internationally. He is co-developer of the Exploration, Preparation, Implementation, Sustainment (EPIS) framework (https://episframework.com).  His research, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Mental Health, Centers for Disease Control, and the W.T. Grant Foundation focuses on identifying and improving system, organizational, and individual factors that support implementation and sustainment of evidence-based practices and quality of care in health and allied health care settings. Much of Dr Aarons’ work focuses on aligning and testing leadership and organisation support strategies and training managers to become effective leaders to support evidence-based practice implementation and sustainment in behavioral health (https://implementationleadership.com). His implementation and scale-up strategies are being used and tested in behavioral health, schools, child welfare, HIV prevention, and trauma treatment in the US, Norway, and West Africa. His most recent work is in developing and fostering community-academic partnerships to increase the use of research evidence in policy and practice. He has been a featured speaker on implementation science in the US, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, and Africa. He also provides training and mentoring in implementation science and practice for the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NIH Fogarty International Center, and Kings College, London.  

Deborah Ghate D. Phil, FAcSS

Deborah Ghate is a researcher, analyst, consultant and organisational leader specialising in implementation science and practice for child and family services. She works nationally and internationally and since 2011 has been Chief Executive of the independent non-profit Colebrooke Centre for Evidence and Implementation (www.cevi.org.uk) – the first centre in the UK to focus on research and consultancy in applied implementation science. Before that she set up and directed the Centre for Effective Services in Ireland (an implementation support centre funded by government and philanthropy) and previously founded and directed a leading independent policy research centre in London.  She is Chair of the UK Implementation Society (UK-IS; www. ukimplementation.org.uk) and was elected a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences in 2016. Deborah is currently writing about and working on multiple themes in the application of implementation and improvement science in practice and policy, including systems, co-creation, scaling and using theories of change for quality improvement.

Jane Lewis

Jane Lewis is a Director at the Centre for Evidence and Implementation (CEI), responsible for CEI’s work in the UK and Europe. CEI is an evidence intermediary, specialising in the application of implementation science to improve the lives and wellbeing of people in communities facing adversity.  Their work encompasses evidence synthesis, impact and implementation evaluation, and active implementation support. Jane’s background is research and evaluation, and she worked for many years at NatCen Social Research before finding her way – driven by frustration at the limited impact of evidence – into the worlds of implementation science and practice. Before joining CEI she was responsible for innovation, development, implementation and scale-up of Save the Children’s UK early childhood programmes. Her current work spans systematic reviews, hybrid intervention-implementation evaluations, programme development, and advice on scale-up potential and strategies. 

Katie Burke

Katie Burke

Katie Burke is a senior manager at the Centre for Effective Services (CES) in Dublin, where she oversees much of CES’s work to support policy makers in Ireland. CES is a non-profit intermediary organisation in Ireland and Northern Ireland that works with agencies, government departments and service providers to improve the use of evidence in human/social services, and to support the implementation of services, programs and projects. Katie has a particular interest in implementation science and led CES’s work to establish the Implementation Network for Ireland and Northern Ireland, and collaborated with other European leaders to develop the European Implementation Collaborative (EIC). She is currently a board member of EIC. Katie and CES collaborated with Trinity College Dublin on developing and delivering the foundation modules for the Postgraduate Certificate in Implementation Science at Trinity College Dublin.