Brain & Behavioral Health Institute and NIDA Southwest CTN Node Presents:


IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE: What is it and Why is it Important?


Theresa H. Cruz, PhD, Research Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics; Deputy Director, UNM Prevention Research Center, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque


November 20th, 2019, 2:00-3:00pm

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Implementation science is the study of how to translate research evidence into routine practice and policy in the fields of health care and public health in order to improve outcomes at the population level. Historically, substantial time passes between the discovery of a research innovation and the regular use of that innovation a gap between research and practice. Implementation science is used to bridge this gap by identifying how new treatments, interventions, policies and practices are implemented in the real world, and studying strategies that can be used to increase adoption and wide-spread use.

Theresa H. Cruz, PhD, is a research associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico, and serves as Deputy Director of the UNM Prevention Research Center. Her expertise includes community-engaged research for the primary prevention of injury and violence. Her current research addresses opioid overdose prevention, safe infant sleep, and home visiting as a primary prevention strategy for multiple adverse health outcomes. She completed her doctoral studies in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.