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Implementation Strategies and Outcomes: Advancing the Science

April 4, 2014

Enola K. Proctor, PhD
Shanti K. Khinduka, Distinguished Professor of Social Work
Associate Dean for Faculty, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University

About the Presentation: How do we move evidence-based practices into real-world care, and how do we sustain them once they are adopted? How do we capture the challenges and successes in implementation? What are some of the cutting edge research questions in implementation science? What are the methodological advances and challenges in implementation science? These issues will be the focus of Dr. Proctor’s talk.

About the Presenter: Dr. Enola Proctor is the Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor of Social Work and Associate Dean for Faculty at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, in St. Louis, MO.

Her teaching and research are motivated by the question, how do we ensure that people receive the very best possible care? She has studied this question in a variety of social work, public health, and health care settings, ranging from hospitals to community agencies. Her most current work focuses on how organizations and individual providers can adopt and deliver evidence based programs and interventions. Her research has been funded by the NIMH, the NIA, and AHRQ. She directs the Implementation Research Institute, an NIMH supported training program in implementation science. She also leads the Center for Dissemination and Implementation for the Washington University Institute for Public Health, the Dissemination and Implementation Research Core for Washington University’s CTSA program, and dissemination and implementation research cores for research centers in the areas of cancer and diabetes. She also directs the Center for Mental Health Services Research at Washington University, launched and supported for 20 years with NIMH support.

Her books include Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice, published in 2012 with Oxford University Press. She was a member of the National Advisory Council for the National Institute of Mental Health, and served as Editor in Chief for Social Work Research. She has received a number of awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work and Research (2002); the Knee-Wittman Award for lifetime Achievement in Health and Mental Health Practice (2011) from the National Association of Social Workers; and the Mental Health Professional of the Year award from the St. Louis Alliance for the Mentally Ill (1997). She has received several teaching and mentoring awards and Washington University’s highest faculty honor, the Compton Award (2009). In 2010, she was elected to the inaugural class of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and its Board of Directors (2010-11).