Facilitators and Barriers to Implementation and Sustainability of Nutrition and Physical Activity Interventions in Early Childcare Settings: a Systematic Review

CDIS Faculty Affiliate, Angela Kong, PhD, MPH, RDN and colleagues published the "Facilitators and Barriers to Implementation and Sustainability of Nutrition and Physical Activity Interventions in Early Childcare Settings: a Systematic Review" in Prevention Science. The purpose of this systematic review was to synthesize existing research on facilitators and barriers to implementation and sustainability of nutrition [...]

October 28th, 2022|

Feasibility Trial of a Mindfulness-based mHealth Intervention to Mitigate the Effects of Chronic Workplace Stress among Juvenile Justice Officers

Ashley Kendall, PhD has received funding from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health to conduct a Feasibility Trial of a Mindfulness-based mHealth Intervention to Mitigate the Effects of Chronic Workplace Stress among Juvenile Justice Officers. Juvenile justice officers (JJOs) face high chronic workplace stress. This stress is implicated in a constellation of adverse [...]

September 12th, 2022|

The process of adapting a sexual health intervention for Black early adolescents: a stakeholder engagement approach

CDIS researchers recently published the process of adapting IMARA, a mother-daughter sexual and reproductive health intervention originally designed for Black adolescent girls aged 14-18 years to meet the needs of early adolescent girls ages 11-13 years. This process included three phases: (i) soliciting feedback from an expert panel and community advisory board; (ii) conducting focus [...]

August 2nd, 2022|

Identifying unique barriers to implementing rural emergency department-based peer services for opioid use disorder through qualitative comparison with urban sites

CDIS faculty, Monte Staton, PhD, CDIS faculty affiliate, Dennis Watson, PhD, and UIC Mile Square physician, Nicole Gastala, MD published their work on emergency department-based interventions for engaging patients presenting with opioid use disorder. Their study focused on addressing gaps in knowledge regarding implementation of emergency department-based peer support services in rural areas by comparing [...]

July 25th, 2022|

Harmonizing Implementation and Outcome Data Across HIV Prevention and Care Studies in Resource-Constrained Settings

Geri Donenberg, PhD, Kate Merrill, PhD and colleagues detail a rigorous, 2-year process to harmonize measures across the Prevention And Treatment through a Comprehensive Care Continuum for HIV-affected Adolescents in Resource Constrained Settings (PATC3H) consortium, consisting of eight federally-funded studies. They created a repository of measured constructs from each study, classified and selected constructs for [...]

April 12th, 2022|

Self-Efficacy Among Caregivers of Children With Food Allergy: A Cohort Study

CDIS Faculty Affiliate, Andrea Pappalardo, MD and colleagues published findings on the self-efficacy among caregivers of children with food allergies. The study explored caregiver perceptions of how they cope and handle food allergy related events, as well as caregiver quality of life. In a diverse cohort of 365 caregivers, researchers found that greater self-efficacy was [...]

March 9th, 2022|

Navigating intersecting public health crises: a qualitative study of people with opioid use disorders’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic

Monte Staton, PhD and colleagues explored the need for complementary qualitative research aimed at identifying how people with opioid use disorder (OUD) are understanding, experiencing, and navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. This study looked at semi-structured qualitative interviews with 25 individuals in Chicago, the majority of which had received methadone treatment during the pandemic. Thematic inductive [...]

February 25th, 2022|

The Impact of COVID-19 Among Black Girls: A Social-Ecological Perspective

CDIS Faculty Affiliate, Natasha Crooks, PhD, RN, and colleagues explored the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black girls' physical, psychological, and sexual development. Utilizing the social-ecological model findings revealed themes related to the individual-, interpersonal-, institutional-, and community-level changes that Black girls experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Black adolescent girls need opportunities to discuss [...]

February 22nd, 2022|

Comparing the Sexual and Mental Health of Justice-involved Youth Across Gender and Sexual Orientation

CDIS Researchers examined the differences in sexual and mental health of justice-involved youth across gender and sexual orientation. The sample included 347 probation-involved youth recruited as part of PHAT Life, an HIV/STI, mental health, and substance use prevention program. The findings showed that, female and non-heterosexual youth were less likely than male and heterosexual youth [...]

February 20th, 2022|

Julie Bobitt, PhD, edits an implementation science special issue of Public Policy & Aging Report

Julie Bobitt, PhD, guest edited a special issue of Public Policy & Aging Report, "Implementation Science: A Critical Tool for Research Utilization and Policy Evaluation." Published in February 2022, articles in this special issue in which the articles discuss how implementation science can and has informed the implementation of aging-related evidence-based practices (EBPs) in a variety [...]

February 8th, 2022|

Attitudes toward Homelessness Inventory: A psychometric analysis

Nyssa Snow-Hill, PhD evaluated the the psychometric properties of the Attitudes toward Homelessness Inventory (ATHI), a tool to measure the nature and change in attitudes toward homelessness. The results demonstrated that the four-factor solution suggested by the ATHI developers was the best fit for the data, but factor loadings and reliability coefficients were not sufficient [...]

February 5th, 2022|

Results of the Kigali Imbereheza Project

Geri Donenberg, PhD, and colleagues published findings from a two-arm randomized controlled trial comparing Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy enhanced to address HIV (TI-CBTe) to usual care (time-matched, long-standing, unstructured support groups) among youth living with HIV in Rwanda. TI-CBTe did not outperform usual care on ART adherence, possibly reflecting relatively high adherence at baseline, [...]

February 1st, 2022|
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