Dr Short training on optimising behavioural interventions – at Penn State University

IMG_20180512_092153-cropNHMRC Early Career Research Fellow and FFCMH Post-doc Dr Camille Short has recently attending a training course restricted to 20 international delegates on the use of the “multiphase optimization strategy (MOST)” to optimise behavioral and biobehavioral interventions. The training is being coordinated by The Methodology Center at Penn State University within the College of Health and Human Development, develops and disseminate new methods for social, behavioral, and health sciences research focusing on vital public health issues.

While in the US, Dr Short was also invited to present at the Lineberger Cancer Prevention and Control group at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  This is the home of “computer tailoring”, a method employed by Camille for her exercise prescription digital tools as supportive care after cancer.  Camille’s talk was “Something borrowed, something new? How attention to engagement and dual process theories can enhance the efficacy of digital behaviour change interventions.  Camille also teamed up with the Future project, a social entrepreneurship company focused on developing resilience in young people.  She worked with their research and evaluation team on designing digital interventions in an engaging way, and using social entrepreneurship as a strategy for dissemination.

If you missed Dr Short’s podcast on fitness trackers and how these devices may be improved to enhance user engagement, click here to listen on Soundcloud.

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