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Applying Human-Centered Design to Behavioral Interventions

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Applying Human-Centered Design to Behavioral Interventions

Applying Human-Centered Design to Behavioral Interventions

You have the ideas, now how do you develop and advance them through the research pipeline? You want to ensure that the people you’re trying to serve and other important stakeholders are at the center of the innovation and implementation process?

Participants will learn best practices in human-centered design across stages of developing, testing, and implementing non-pharmacological behavioral research interventions. Through this two half-day, interactive live online workshop, participants will have the opportunity to workshop human-centered design methods and gain a better understanding of how to maintain equity, build humility, address power dynamics, and advance intervention design through co-creation with community partners.

This program is designed for faculty, clinical researchers, post-doctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students from diverse health and social science backgrounds. Individuals from all institutions are encouraged to apply.

  • The Objectives

    Learners will be able to:

    • Gain a basic understanding of the terminology, concepts, and process of human-centered design and how it can be used to enhance the development and implementation of behavioral interventions
    • Practice basic methods of human-centered design through facilitated activities
    • Examine their role and power as a researcher
    • Learn and practice participatory research methods and design co-creation sessions with the community



  • The Format
    •  Offered via Zoom as a two half-day, interactive live online session
    • Learners will apply an in-depth understanding of the best practices in developing, testing, and implementing a non-pharmacological behavioral research intervention through small group sessions and human-centered design activities.



  • Who should register to attend?

    Faculty, clinical researchers, pre-and post-doctoral students, and other investigators who seek to advance a particular behavioral intervention through the application of human-centered design principles and methods. Project or program managers and other research staff seeking to contribute to the development and evaluation of meaningful interventions are also encouraged to apply.

  • Agenda

    1:00 - 4:30 PM EST

    • Introduction to Human-Centered Design
    • Defining the Problem as an Opportunity
    • HCD tools for Participatory Research
    • Case Example: Application of HCD in Research, Dr. Martha Abshire Saylor
    • Introduction to Data Synthesis: Creating themes, insights, and opportunity questions

    1:00 - 4:30 PM EST

    • Data Synthesis: Creating user personas and design principles
    • Introduction to Ideation
    • Basics of Prototyping
    • User Testing and Feedback
    • Role and Power as a Researcher
    • How do Grant Reviewers view Human-Centered Design? Dr. Nancy Hodgson

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    Participants will workshop their ideas pairing them with human-centered design methods. Join us to better understand how to maintain equity, address power dynamics, and advance intervention design through co-creation with community partners.

  • Testimonials

    “Human centered design gave me a framework for being creative and scientific while threading patient and caregivers voices into all aspects of my study. HCD has made our work more beautiful, fun and meaningful!”

    Dr. Martha Abshire 


    “The opportunity to delve into Human-centered design approaches helped boost my ideas to advance health and school readiness for children. We are now integrating childcare provider input from start to finish.”

    Dr. Lucine Francis


Payment deadline: May 24

June 8 and 9, 2021
1:00-4:30 pm EST

Event will be held via Zoom.

*$800 for 2 half-day virtual sessions

Eligible for JHU Tuition Remission  

Email to inquire about cost of training if you are seeking training as part of PhD or other doctoral level program in a classroom setting.