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Foundations of Behavioral Intervention Design

You have the ideas, now how do you develop and advance them through the research pipeline? Through asynchronous online modules, learners will gain a better understanding of intervention design, selection of a control group, recruitment techniques, and how to scale behavioral interventions. 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. After completing the online modules, learners may participate in our intensive, one-day onsite workshop, Applying Human-Centered Design to Behavioral Interventions.

  • The Objectives

    Learners will be able to:

    • Understand the continuum of intervention research from discovery and efficacy to implementation and sustainability
    • Identify delivery characteristics to advance an intervention protocol with implementation potential
    • Examine how and when to involve community and practice-based partners
    • Advance trial design including measurement, control groups, fidelity, and cost analyses
    • Understand principles of grant writing for behavioral intervention research
  • The Format
    • Online training is offered “on-demand” (self-paced), asynchronous format
    • Learners review online video lectures and content during which they independently complete accompanying worksheets
    • After completing the videos, learners can choose to participate in a live session (additional fee).
  • Who should register to attend?

    Clinical researchers, faculty, pre-and post-doctoral students, and other investigators who seek to develop and advance a particular intervention to enhance the health and well-being of individuals, their family members, and/or communities. Project or program managers and other research staff seeking to contribute to the development and evaluation of meaningful interventions are also encouraged to apply.

  • The Module Details

    1. Behavioral interventions matter

    a. Welcome and overview of course


    1. What is the pipeline for developing and advancing behavioral interventions?

    a. Reviews different pipelines and outlines steps for starting behavioral intervention research

    2. Theory as a practical tool for developing interventions

    a. Examines the importance of theory and explores its role as one develops and evaluates an intervention

    3. Designing delivery characteristics of an intervention

    a. Considers the range of delivery characteristics and modes (e.g., online, in-person) for delivering an intervention

    4. What is design thinking?

    a. Introduces design thinking principles and how to leverage them in developing an intervention


    5. Assuring Fidelity to the Intervention

    a. Examines the issues of fidelity and presents different strategies for assuring that the delivery of an intervention is as intended

    6. Randomized Trial Designs

    a. Describes different randomized trial designs and which work best for the different stages of an intervention’s development

    7. Exemplars of study design and controls groups

    a. Provides real life examples of study designs and different control groups

    8. Value of Mixed Methods in Behavioral Intervention Research

    a. Examines the role of mixed methods in intervention research

    9. Mediators and Moderators

    a. Discusses mediation and moderator analyses and how to apply these approaches to understand and advance interventions

    10. Selecting Control Groups for Randomized Controlled Trials

    a. Examines the important role of control groups, the range of control groups available and considerations in selecting a control group at each stage of an intervention development


    11. Recruitment and Retention: Challenges and Solutions for Hard-to-Reach Participants

    a. Identifies common challenges in recruiting and retaining study participants and provides recommendations

    12. How and when do you involve community and practice-based partners

    a. Examines the role of community partners and effective ways of involving partners in behavioral intervention research

    13. Involving diverse populations in clinical trials – what does it take?

    a. Identifies strategies for reaching out to diverse populations underrepresented in clinical trials and examines the role and value of community health workers as behavioral interventionists


    14. Costing an intervention

    a. Identifies cost components of an intervention, examines methodologies for assigning cost to each intervention component and helps learners derive a preliminary cost of an intervention

    15. Diffusion Confusion: What it Takes to Scale interventions

    a. Discusses ways to scale an intervention and identifies the challenges of widespread diffusion

    16. Grant Writing Considerations

    a. Understand specific considerations for an intervention grant application

Register for Online Session

Learners will have access to the videos for two years from date of purchase.


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Issues with accessing training:
Executive Education

*$800 for asynchronous online modules.

Eligible for JHU Tuition Remission