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Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Science in Communication Disorders: Virtual Workshop

Event Date: October 24, 2023 - October 25, 2023
Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET

On October 24-25, 2023, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) will hold a virtual workshop to explore how to advance dissemination and implementation (D&I) research in the field of communication disorders. The National Institutes of Health supports D&I research on how evidence-based practices, interventions, and policies can be effectively translated to and used in real-world settings. The goals of this workshop are to:

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  • Bring together NIDCD and D&I scientists to define the current state of D&I research in NIDCD mission areas as a whole.
  • Identify research needs and opportunities faced by individual researchers in conducting D&I research across NIDCD mission areas.
  • Understand how we can work collectively to build capacity to conduct and sustain D&I research across NIDCD mission areas.

The two-day workshop is open to all to view online. Live captioning will be available.

  • What: Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Science in Communication Disorders: Virtual Workshop.
  • Who: Chaired by Holly Storkel, Ph.D., Program Officer for the NIDCD Language Program; Cathy Binger, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor, University of New Mexico; Tina Studts, Ph.D., MSPH, LCSW, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
  • When: October 24-25, 2023, noon - 5 p.m. Eastern time.
  • Where: Participants may watch on the NIH videocast website. For questions or reasonable accommodation requests, contact Tanji Johnson.

Agenda (subject to change)

Tuesday, October 24

Setting the Stage: Defining the Current State of Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) in NIDCD Mission Areas

Noon-12:15 p.m. Eastern — Welcome and purpose

Holly Storkel (co-chair)
Debara Tucci (NIDCD Director)

12:15-12:45 p.m. — What is D&I?

Holly Storkel

This session will provide an overview of D&I research including essential definitions, study designs, and a template for conceptualizing D&I projects.

12:45-1:00 p.m. — Examples of different types of D&I projects

  1. Jessica Caron: Improving literacy outcomes in children who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
  2. Matt Bush: Communities helping the hearing of infants by reaching parents: The CHHIRP Navigator trial
  3. Kevin Kerber: DIZZiness Treatment through ImplementatioN & Clinical strategy Tactics (DIZZTINCT-2) project

Speakers will each provide a conceptual overview of a D&I project. Each example will illustrate a different point on a continuum of implementation, from greater emphasis on effectiveness to greater emphasis on implementation.

1:00-1:30 p.m. — Current state of D&I in the field of communication sciences and disorders and at NIDCD

Natalie Douglas
Holly Storkel

A scoping review of the literature will provide an overview of D&I research in the field of communication sciences and disorders. NIDCD’s D&I history will be discussed.

1:30-1:45 p.m. — Break

Investigator Needs and Opportunities for Conducting D&I Research

1:45-2:45 p.m. — What are your individual needs in conducting D&I research?

Moderator: Cathy Binger (co-chair)

  1. Crystle Alonzo
  2. Jen Oshita
  3. Genesis Arizmendi
  4. Laura Coco
  5. Matt Bush
  6. Michelle Arnold

Our invited panelists will identify common needs among researchers in conducting D&I research.

2:45-3:15 p.m. — Invited audience discussion with speakers

3:15-3:30 p.m. — Break

3:30-4:30 p.m. — Opportunities and Success Stories

Presenters and panelists:

  1. Megan Morris
  2. Mollie Romano
  3. Brian Boyd
  4. Susan Emmett

Many researchers have met the challenge of moving their research into D&I and have gone on to mentor others. Our experienced D&I researchers will share how they built successful D&I research programs. As a group, they will react to some of the needs identified by the earlier panel.

4:30-5:00 p.m. — Invited audience discussion with speakers


Wednesday, October 25

Building Capacity in the Field: Needs and Opportunities

12:00-12:15 p.m. Eastern — Welcome back and framing for Day 2

Holly Storkel (co-chair)

12:15-1:15 p.m. — What are potential avenues for building D&I research capacity within a discipline?

Moderator: Holly Storkel (co-chair)

  1. Sharon Moss
  2. Meredith Harold
  3. David Chambers
  4. Lori Ducharme
  5. Ross Brownson

Our invited panelists will discuss their views on what is needed to build capacity, and their experiences—both successes and challenges—in advancing D&I research. The panel will widen our lens from the individual to the system and will offer perspectives and experiences from within and outside NIDCD mission areas.

1:15-1:45 p.m. — Invited audience discussion with speakers

1:45-2:00 p.m. — Break

Sustaining Change

2:00-2:45 p.m. — What are the keys to sustaining change?

Moderator: Tina Studts (co-chair)
Presenters and panelists:

  1. Russ Glasgow
  2. Carrie Nieman
  3. Doug Luke

The goal of D&I research is to create sustainable adoption of evidence-based practice in real world settings. Each speaker will share key actions for creating a foundation for lasting change.

2:45-3:15 p.m. — Invited audience discussion with speakers

Planning for Action

3:15-3:45 p.m. — Framing your capacity needs

Tina Studts (co-chair)

This session will offer a way of framing capacity needs over the course of learning and conducting D&I research, providing a means of understanding different options for getting started. This framing will help audience members think about where they are in their D&I research, where they want to go, and what might be a good first or next step.

3:45-4:30 p.m. — How can researchers get started with D&I research today?

Presenters and panelists:

  1. Tina Studts
  2. Nicole Marrone
  3. Tiffany Hogan
  4. Natalie Douglas

Speakers will share how they started carrying out D&I research and the actions they took to learn and advance their D&I research agenda at an individual or broader level. Each speaker’s experience will offer examples of actions that audience members might take after the workshop to get started or continue to build a D&I research program.

4:30-5:00 p.m. — Invited audience discussion with speakers

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