Master Methodologists

Thursday, November 10

 John Boyle, PhD, ICF International, USA

Planning a Large Scale Population Survey: Choices and Consequences

Dr. Boyle has served as the project director on hundreds of projects over the course of his 35-year career, having directed public health surveys for Federal, State, and local government; universities; nonprofits; and commercial organizations. As the leader of ICF’s Survey Research Practice, he provides oversight and leadership to ICF’s public health surveys for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal and State clients, and the commercial sector. Before coming to ICF, Dr. Boyle spent 25 years directing the government, health, and social research division of Abt SRBI (formerly Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas, Inc.). He previously directed the government research division of Louis Harris and Associates for 7 years.

Dr. Boyle directed some of the earliest telephone surveys of general populations to estimate the prevalence of intimate partner violence, including spousal violence, rape, other forms of sexual assault and stalking.  In the areas of family violence or domestic violence, he designed and directed the Second National Family Violence Survey for Drs. Murray Straus and Richard Gelles in December 1985.  This was the first national survey of domestic violence to be conducted by telephone.  A total of 6,002 telephone interviews were conducted with a national sample of adults concerning spousal and parent-child violence.  
He has also directed some of the most important surveys of rape and sexual assault.  He directed the survey of Sexual Assault in South Carolina for Dr. Dean Kilpatrick and the Medical University of South Carolina.  This survey was conducted by telephone among a county-wide cross-section of 2,000 adult women in 1983.  This methodology was subsequently applied in the National Survey of Women – Risk Factors for Substance Abuse: A Longitudinal Study for the Medical University of South Carolina under grant to the Department of Health and Human Services.  A national sample of 4,000 women were interviewed in 1989 and re-interviewed in 1990 and 1991 about their experience with sexual assault, other forms of violence and traumatic events, substance use and/or abuse; and indicators of psychological distress including past and current PTSD. The findings of this study were widely publicized under the title Rape in America.

Friday, November 11

Albert "Skip" Rizzo, PhD, University of Southern California, USA

The Ultimate Skinner Box: Virtual Reality as a Tool for the Prevention, Assessment and Treatment of PTSD

Albert “Skip” Rizzo received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from SUNY-Binghamton. He is the Director for Medical Virtual Reality at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies and has Research Professor appointments with the USC Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Dr. Rizzo conducts research on the design, development and evaluation of Virtual Reality (VR) systems targeting the areas of clinical assessment, treatment and rehabilitation. This work spans the domains of psychological, cognitive and motor functioning in both healthy and clinical populations. In the psychological domain, the Virtual Iraq/Afghanistan project has focused on the creation of a VR prolonged exposure therapy application for combat and military sexual trauma-related PTSD with OIF/OEF service members and veterans. This system has now being retooled for a stress resilience/coping strategy-training application for use at prior to a combat deployment. His cognitive work has addressed the use of VR applications to test and train attention, memory, visuospatial abilities and executive function. In the motor domain, he has developed VR Game systems to address rehabilitation post stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury. He is also involved with ICT collaborators in the creation of artificially intelligent virtual human patients that clinicians can use to practice skills required for challenging clinical interviews and diagnostic assessments (sexual assault, resistant patients, etc.) and for creating online virtual human healthcare guides for breaking down barriers to care in psychological health and TBI. In spite of the diversity of these areas of research and development, the common thread that drives all of these applications involves the study of how VR simulation technology can be usefully applied to serve the needs of clinical users in a manner that goes beyond what is available with traditional 20th Century tools and methods. 
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Saturday, November 12

Heleen Riper, PhD, VU University, Netherlands

Spotify Mental-Health for Depression and Anxiety: Personalise, Engage & Connect

Dr. Heleen Riper is Professor of eMental-Health at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Department Clinical, Developmental and Neuro Psychology, section Clinical Psychology, The Netherlands) and works as well at GGZ inGeest (Research Department), Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is honorary professor Telepsychiatry at the University of Southern Denmark (Faculty of Health Sciences, Odense).
Over the past 15 years her research focus has been on the development, evaluation and implementation of innovative eMental-Health interventions for common mental disorders from prevention to treatment. The scope of her current research activities includes the use of mobile health, and combined online and face to face (‘blended’) treatments for depression and axiety. New methodological challenges include the development and evaluation of mobile ecological momentary assessments and interventions (EMA/EMI), serious gaming and predictive modeling. She has opted for an international perspective and collaboration throughout her academic career and acted as Principal Investigator of over 15 large scale European Union projects and reviewer for Research Funding Organizations globally. She has have published over 120 international peer reviewed papers and book chapters within the eMental-health domain. In 2013 Heleen Riper (co) founded the Journal of Internet Interventions (published by Elsevier) and in 2014 she became President of the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII) for which she act now as Past-President.