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One Size Does Not Fit All: Cultural adaptation in the academy and the community

APRIL 9, 2021

A. Kathleen Burlew, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Psychology
University of Cincinnati

About the Presentation: Growing evidence suggests that culturally adapting evidence-based interventions to be more appropriate for specific target groups may improve outcome. Previous research suggests that adaptations conducted in partnership with community members may be more culturally appropriate and suitable for the target group. This presentation will describe the evolution of our cultural adaptation methods from minimal community involvement to moderate community involvement to full community engagement.  Along the way, we developed Community Collaborative Cultural Adaptation, a novel and concrete community-engaged approach to cultural adaptation.

About the Presenter: Kathy Burlew, PhD is a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Cincinnati. She is the co-author/co-editor of four books and has published over 70 journal articles and book chapters.  She previously served as the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Black Psychology and currently is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. As a psychological consultant for a substance abuse clinic for 25+ years, she has trained multiple students in substance abuse treatment and prevention.  In her role as chair of the Minority Interest Group of NIDA’s National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network, she has been involved in  both evaluating the efficacy of evidence-based interventions for racial ethnic groups and also culturally adapting evidence-based interventions to be more appropriate for different target groups. She also has published a series of articles on culturally competent research methods.