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CPHSS director presents at 13th annual American Academy of Health Behavior Scientific Meeting

CPHSS director, Dr. Douglas Luke, led a workshop and presentation at the AAHB Scientific Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This year’s conference, held on March 17-20, 2013, focused on Systems Thinking and Analysis in Health Behavior Research. The 13th Annual Academy meeting provided a forum for researchers to learn about cutting edge research, evidence-based practice, and innovative applications and solutions to advance the field of health behavior research.

The annual meeting began on March 17 with a professional development workshop presented by Dr. Luke and Dr. Jenine Harris, Washington University in St. Louis assistant professor and CPHSS affiliate faculty member. The all-day workshop, “Social Network Analysis,” provided a hands-on introduction to the basic methods of network analysis, including using network analysis software to answer basic network questions that are relevant to health behavior audiences.

The 4-day gathering included presentations, poster sessions, professional development opportunities, workshops, and discussions. On the final day of the meeting, Dr. Luke presided over the closing session with a presentation called “Bringing it all together: The example of Systems Science and Tobacco Control.” This talk offered a case study of how systems science has been used to address one particular scientific and public health challenge: tobacco control. See presentation slides here.

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