Issue: August 2011

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Podcast on optimizing the HealthWise intervention

HealthWise South AfricaOur latest podcast features an interview with researchers Linda Caldwell, Edward Smith, and Linda Collins. They discuss the history and future of HealthWise, a comprehensive risk-reduction, life-skills curriculum for adolescents in South Africa. The researchers are extending the original HealthWise program to incorporate the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST), a framework for evaluating and optimizing interventions. HealthWise is being optimized to scale up the program from a small, racially homogeneous set of schools to a racially diverse set of 56 schools.

To learn more about MOST, view the slideshow from Dr. Collins' 2011 presidential address at the Society for Prevention Research meeting, or read Dr. Collins' article describing MOST in a tobacco-cessation intervention.

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Read more about HealthWise.


Runze Li honored by United Nations and American Statistical Association (ASA)

Dr. Runze LiDr. Runze Li, a principal investigator at The Methodology Center, was named a Fellow of the ASA on August 2 at the group's annual meeting. Also, the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization has awarded the 2012 Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award to an article coauthored by Dr. Li. In the article, "Climate control of terrestrial carbon exchange across biomes and continents," Dr. Li and co-authors use data from 125 sites across the globe to analyze the relationship between local climate factors and levels of carbon retained in the biosphere. This research could help climatologists predict global climate patterns.

Read more about Dr. Li and the awards.

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NIDA training grant re-funded: Position available

Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) programThe National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has re-funded the Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) program. PAMT, a joint effort between The Prevention Research Center and The Methodology Center, cross-trains predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers as prevention scientists and methodologists. Through the program, prevention researchers become comfortable with the latest and most innovative research methods, and methodologists gain an understanding of the realities and challenges facing prevention efforts in real-world settings.

The program currently has a postdoctoral opening. If you are interested in PAMT or if you know a researcher with strong methodological skills and a passion for prevention science, review the application.

Read more about PAMT.




Like us on Facebook for a chance to win a book about LCA

Just like many of you, The Methodology Center maintains a Facebook page. Our page provides timely updates about Center work and events and enables you to become part of the conversation. We're excited about interacting with you on Facebook.

Latent Class and Latent Transition Analysis: With Applications in the Social, Behavioral, and Health SciencesEveryone who "likes" our page during August or September will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of Linda Collins and Stephanie Lanza's book, Latent Class and Latent Transition Analysis: With Applications in the Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences. The book, published by Wiley in 2010, provides a comprehensive introduction to the use of latent class analysis and latent transition analysis in applied research.

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