Intervention and Implementation Science Pilot Awardees

The Irving Institute’s Implementation Science Initiative, the Departments of  Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, and the CDC Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention, the NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan, and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center support the Intervention and Implementation Science Pilot Award program as a key capacity building opportunity to stimulate the development and testing of:

  1. Innovative population health or medical/clinical interventions

  2. Implementation of evidence-based population health or medical/clinical interventions that have been shown to work, but have not been widely adopted, implemented or sustained in diverse and real-world global, community, clinical/health systems or policy settings.

This program offers early resources for pilot, proof-of-concept projects, ultimately leading to larger intervention or implementation science projects and producing new knowledge that directly impacts population health, supported by larger extramural funds. 

The program prioritizes applications that focused on promoting health equity and racial justice.

2022-2023 Intervention and Implementation Science Pilot Awardees

Preventing Overuse of CT Angiography for Acute Neurological Symptoms

  • Edward Suh, MD, Emergency Medicine (Principal Investigator)
  • Bernard Chang, MD, PhD, Emergency Medicine
  • Mitchell Elkind, MD, MS, Neurology – Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Alexander Khandji, MD, Radiology
  • Eliza Miller, MD, MS, Neurology – Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Marc Probst, MD, MS, Emergency Medicine
  • Joshua Willey, MD, MS, Neurology – Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease

A Pilot Mobile Health Intervention to Reduce Childhood Obesity Risk Factors During Infancy

  • Jennifer Woo Baidal, MD, MPH, Pediatrics - Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (Principal Investigator)
  • Lena Mamykina, PhD, MS Biomedical Informatics (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Morgan Finkel, MD, MS, Pediatrics - Child and Adolescent Health

The Networks and Neighborhoods Alcohol and HIV Intervention Pilot Study

  • Justin Knox, PhD, MsC, MPH, Psychiatry (Principal Investigator)
  • Dustin Duncan, ScD, Epidemiology
  • Elvin Geng, MD, MPH, Medicine- Infectious Disease, Washington University in St Louis
  • Henry Kranzler, MD, Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
  • Bryan Kutner, PhD, Psychiatry
  • John Schneider, MD, MPH, Medicine and Public Health Sciences, University of Chicago

Trauma-Sensitive Obstetric Care for Perinatal Health: A Pilot RCT

  • Pamela Scorza, ScD, MPH, Obstetrics & Gynecology (Principal Investigator)
  • Catherine Monk, PhD, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Psychiatry
  • Eduardo Canepa, PhD, Biological Chemistry, University of Buenos Aires

2021-2022 Intervention and Implementation Science Pilot Awardees

Reducing Public Stigma Towards Individuals with Psychosis Across Race and Gender: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Young Adults

  • Doron Amsalem, MD, Psychiatry (Principal Investigator)
  • Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH, Psychiatry
  • John Markowitz, MD, Psychiatry
  • Yuval Neria, PhD, Epidemiology and Psychiatry; Director of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Program at CUIMC
  • Linda Valeri, PhD, Biostatistics
  • Lawrence Yang, PhD, Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Global Public Health, NYU; Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health

The Impact of Race and Other Characteristics on Parent-Teacher Communication: Examining a Critical Mechanism of Change for Implementation and Mental Health Outcomes in Children with Autism

  • Gazi Azad, PhD, Psychiatry (Principal Investigator)
  • Christina Hoven, PhD, Epidemiology and Psychiatry (Co-Principal Investigator)

 Adapting the Suicide Safety Planning Intervention for Delivery to Adolescents in Mozambican Primary Care Settings: An Implementation Science Pilot Proposal

  • Kate Lovero, PhD, Psychiatry (Principal Investigator)
  • Christa Labouliere, PhD, Psychiatry
  • Barbara Stanley, PhD, Psychiatry
  • Milton Wainberg, PhD, Psychiatry

Lock and Protect: Reducing Adolescent Access to Lethal Means for Suicide

  • Ashley Blanchard, MD MS, Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine (Principal Investigator)
  • Randy Auerbach, PhD, Psychiatry
  • Joan Asarnow, PhD, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California – Los Angeles School of Medicine 
  • Peter Dayan, MD, MSc, Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine

Adaptation and piloting of brief interpersonal therapy (IPT) for remote delivery among refugees and other displaced persons in Peru

  • Jeremy Kane, PhD, MPH, Epidemiology (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Helen Verdeli, PhD, Clinical Psychology, Teachers College (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Annie Bonz, MA, HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)
  • Claire Greene, PhD, MPH, Population and Family Health
  • Christian Guzman, HIAS – Peru, HIAS
  • Silvia Martins, MD, PhD, Epidemiology
  • Pieter Ventevogel, MD, PhD, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

2020-2021 Intervention and Implementation Science Pilot Awardees

Personalized Infographics to Control Teen Asthma (PICTA)

  • Adriana Arcia, PhD, RN, Nursing – Scholarship and Research (Principal Investigator)
  • Stephanie Lovinsky-Desir, MD, MS, Pediatrics - Pulmonology
  • Maureen George, PhD, RN, AE-C, FAAN, Nursing – Scholarship and Research

Flexible Intervention Strategy for TB Prevention

  • Yael Hirsch-Moverman, PhD, MPH, Epidemiology (Principal Investigator)
  • Andrea Howard, MD, MS, Epidemiology
  • Anthony Mutiti, MBChB, MMED, ICAP
  • Joanne Mantell, PhD, MSPH, Psychiatry - Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health
  • Sisi Dube, MPH, Eswatini Ministry of Health National TB Control Programme

Designing a Shared-Decision Making Intervention for Opioid Prescribers

  • Silvia Martins, MD, PhD, Epidemiology (Principal Investigator)
  • Ruth Landau-Cahana, MD, Anesthesiology (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Christine Mauro, PhD, MS, Biostatistics