CAPS Implementation Science and Health Systems Core

The Implementation Science and Health Systems (ISHS) Core seeks to capitalize upon and drive the scientific evolution of HIV prevention by integrating research across the spectrum of intervention science, including basic research, efficacy trials, and implementation research. The Core seeks to foster innovative research to create the next generation of prevention interventions and facilitate the successful implementation of prevention programs and technologies in the domestic and international communities where they are needed most.


The ISHS Core provides consultations to investigators developing, testing, implementing, and evaluating interventions. Examples of consultation areas include:

  • Intervention development research
    • Formative data, its uses, and how to obtain it
    • Using theory to develop an intervention
    • Putting together an intervention from formative research
    • Considerations about public health at the community-, structural-, individual-level, or any combination, and other types of interventions
    • Mixed-methods approaches to intervention design
  • Intervention efficacy research
    • Clinical trial designs
    • Establishing intervention efficacy when a traditional clinical trial design is not feasible
    • Utilizing a data safety and monitoring board (DSMB)
    • Identifying next steps forward based on efficacy research findings
  • Implementation science research
    • Issues to consider in clinic-based implementation research
    • Choosing a theory to guide the implementation of science research
    • Adapting evidence-based interventions to new settings
    • Use of implementation science frameworks to guide intervention implementation and evaluation
    • Quasi-experimental and hybrid designs in implementation research
    • Mixed-methods evaluation of implementation processes
    • Policy research
  • Ethics, IRB, and DSMB issues arising in research projects
    • Dealing with multiple IRBs
    • Reporting of unanticipated problems

To request a consultation, please contact Rochelle Blanco.

Town Halls, Workshops, and Meetings

The ISHS Core sponsors town halls to promote innovative intervention and implementation science.  Sessions are usually held as part of the Division’s standing town hall series, which is mostly held on Tuesdays at 11:00 AM. 

ISHS Core town hall topics include:

  • Science Issues (e.g., talks on applying theories and frameworks in implementation science, quasi-experimental designs, mixed methods approaches to intervention implementation, working with policy-makers, recruiting and retaining participants in intervention trials)
  • New approaches to mHealth and technology as they relate to HIV prevention science
  • Current theoretical Issues in social/behavioral sciences as applied to HIV prevention (example topics: intersectionality and HIV prevention, behavioral economics and financial incentives)
  • View previous ISHS town hall videos here. Be sure to like, share, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

The ISHS Core also sponsors workshops and other meetings to facilitate the Core’s mission. These include:

  • Quarterly meetings on implementation science
  • Workshops on intervention development
  • To sign up for either of these, please contact Rochelle Blanco.

Peer Review

Core faculty and scientists are available to peer review conference abstracts, manuscripts, and grant proposals. Send peer review requests to Stuart Gaffney.

ISHS Core Staff

Primary Faculty

The ISHS Core’s primary faculty are responsible for developing and managing most of the Core’s programming.  When requesting a consultation, you will typically meet first with one or more members of the primary faculty.

Affiliated Faculty and Investigators

The  ISHS Core’s affiliated faculty includes other scientists who have the expertise of relevance to the Core’s mission. Affiliated faculty members work across the intervention spectrum, including intervention development and testing, implementation science research, policy research, and ethics. Affiliated faculty occasionally contribute to Core’s town halls and meetings. They also may be called upon for consultations and peer reviews.

To request a consultation with a faculty member, please contact Rochelle Blanco.

Affiliated Faculty: Emily Arnold, Judy Auerbach, Oliver Bacon, Adam Carrico, Edwin Charlesbois, Carol Dawson Rose, Elvin Geng, Margaret Handley, Mallory Johnson, Susan Kegeles, Kim Koester, Marguerita Lightfoot, Sheri Lippman, Andres Maiorana, Willi McFarland, Janet Myers, Starley Shade, Ida Sim, Judy Tan, Ariane van der Straten, Sheri Weiser

Primary and Affiliated Faculty Expertise



Special expertise in intervention (IntR) and implementation research (ImpR)

Sheri Lippman, Ph.D.


IntR; structural, community-level interventions; work with CBOs, communities; epi outcome data; IntR in int’l settings; Disp; DSMBs; epidemiology

Wayne Steward, Ph.D., MS


ImpR, PolR; structural, clinical interventions; work in clinical settings; healthcare outcome data; clinical stakeholder advisory boards; ImpR related to PolR, social psych

William Woods, Ph.D.


Ethics; substance use; individual-level interventions; work with health depts; clinical psych

Emily Arnold, Ph.D.

Affiliated Faculty

IntR, ImpR; qual formative research; CABs; Disp; ImpR related to PolR, anthropology

Judith Auerbach, Ph.D.


PolR; structural interventions; social-behavioral aspects of bio-behavioral trials; sociology

Oliver Bacon, Ph.D., MPH

Affiliated Faculty

ImpR; work in clinical settings; ImpR in international settings; biomedical science

Edwin Charlebois, Ph.D.

Affiliated Faculty

IntR; bio-behavioral, community-level interventions; work with CBOs, communities; IntR in int’l settings; epi and healthcare outcome data; DSMBs; epidemiology

Carol Dawson Rose, Ph.D.

Affiliated Faculty

IntR, ImpR; substance use, clinical interventions; qualitative formative research; work in clinical settings; teaching about implementation science; ImpR in int’l settings; nursing science

Susan Kegeles, Ph.D.

Emeritus Faculty

IntR, ImpR; structural, small group, community-level interventions; qualitative formative research; work with CBOs, communities, health depts; Disp; IntR in int’l settings; CABS; social, community & health psych

Margaret Handley, PhD


IntR, ImpR; mixed-methods research; use of technology in interventions; IntR in int’l settings; Disp; work in clinical settings; teaching about implementation science; epidemiology

Mallory Johnson, Ph.D.

Affiliated Faculty

IntR; treatment adherence, clinical interventions; qualitative formative research; IntR in int’l settings; DSMBs; clinical psych

Kimberly Koester, MA

Affiliated Faculty

ImpR, PolR; structural, bio-behavioral, individual-level, small group, clinical interventions; qualitative formative research; work in clinical settings; process evaluation; anthropology

Andres Maiorana, MA, MPH

Affiliated Faculty

IntR, ImpR, PolR; community-level, small group interventions; qualitative formative research; work in clinical, community settings; process evaluation; ethics; Disp; IntR in int’l settings

Willi McFarland, Ph.D., MPH

Affiliated Faculty

IntR; bio-behavioral, community-level interventions; work with CBOs, communities, health departments; epi and healthcare outcome data; IntR in int’l settings

Janet Myers, Ph.D., MPH

Affiliated Faculty

ImpP, PolR; multilevel, clinical interventions; work in health depts; clinical stakeholder advisory boards; teaching about implementation science; sociology

Starley Shade, Ph.D.

Affiliated Faculty

ImpR; structural, clinical environments; epi and healthcare outcome data; epidemiology; cost-effectiveness methods


Ida Sim, MD, Ph.D.


IntR, ImpR; use of mobile technologies for intervention delivery (eHealth)


Ariane van der Straten, Ph.D., MPH

Affiliated Faculty

IntR; bio-behavioral, soc-behav aspects of bio-behavioral trials

Sheri Weiser, Ph.D., MA

Affiliated Faculty

IntR; structural, clinical interventions; soc-behav aspects of bio-behavioral trials; IntR in int’l settings; biomedical science

IntR=intervention research

ImpR=implementation research

PolR=policy research, including how policies affect intervention implementation

CABs=community advisory boards

Disp=disparities research in the US

DSMB=Data Safety Monitoring Boards

CBOs=community-based organizations