Mission Hall - 3rd Floor - Room 3700

CAPS Town Hall and CAPS Methods Core present: Colin Walsh, MD, MA, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Medicine & Psychiatry at Vanderbilt Univ.

Suicide kills 123 Americans every day and 800,000 people worldwide every year. It is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the 2nd leading cause of death in those < 34 years old. I will share our experiences incorporating predictive analytics, implementation science, and clinical informatics to catalyze research in mental health.

CAPS Methods Core & Big Data Working Group present: Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD - Center for Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research (CLIIR)

Dr. Julia Adler-Milstein is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research (CLIIR).

Dr. Adler-Milstein is an internationally-recognized expert on policy and management issues related to the use of IT in healthcare delivery. Her research assesses the progress of health IT adoption; the impact of such adoption on healthcare costs and quality; and the relationships between market, organizational, and team structure and health IT use. A core focus of her work is on health information exchange and interoperability.

CAPS I&I Town Hall presents: William Brown III, PhD, DrPH, MA - Mixed-Method Evaluation of Social Media-Based Tools and Traditional Strategies to Recruit High-Risk and Hard-to-Reach Populations into an HIV Prevention Intervention Study

Men who have sex with men and transgender women are hard-to-reach populations for research. Social media-based tools may overcome certain barriers in accessing these groups and are being tested in an ongoing study exploring HIV home-test kit use to reduce risk behavior. We analyzed pre-screening responses about how volunteers learned about the study (n = 896) and demographic data from eligible participants who came for an initial study visit (n = 216) to determine the strengths and weaknesses of recruitment strategies.

CAPS Methods Core presents: Maya Petersen, MD, PhD, Assoc. Prof. of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Dr. Petersen's research focuses on the development and application of novel causal inference methods to problems in health, with a focus on the treatment and prevention of HIV. She has a strong interest in and has published on the interface between biostatistics, epidemiology, and clinical medicine.

CAPS Town Hall presents: Jae Sevelius, PhD Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy and Research

Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy involves the ingestion of a psychedelic drug, such as LSD, psilocybin (the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms”), or MDMA (the active ingredient in “ecstasy”) in a safe and controlled environment with trained clinicians. Investigation into the therapeutic benefit of psychedelic substances began in the 1950s and ‘60s but since this research was terminated, most psychedelic substances have been classified as “drugs of abuse” with no recognized medical value.

CAPS Town Hall presents: Janet Myers, PhD -- Evaluating the US investment in Malaria Prevention

Janet Myers, PhD, MPH is a medical sociologist whose research focuses on evaluation of HIV care and treatment interventions delivered in clinical settings. Janet has served as principal investigator on several large multi-site demonstration projects aiming to optimize linkage, engagement and retention in Ryan White Program-funded care. Her work also focuses on implementation research in correctional settings including jails and prisons. She also teaches program evaluation in the UCSF implementation science certificate program.