Einstein-Sinai Diabetes Research Center

Behavioral Intervention and Evaluation Methodology Sub-Core


Leader: Judith Wylie-Rosett, EdD, RD  

Co-leader: Jeffrey Gonzalez, PhD 

The Behavioral Intervention and Evaluation Methodology (BIEM) sub-core of the P&C Core facilitates the development and implementation of behavioral interventions and provides comprehensive evaluation support for research to prevent and control diabetes and its complications.

Target populations for intervention and evaluation include individuals, families, significant others, and communities affected by diabetes-related risks, and health care professionals whose work addresses diabetes prevention or control.

Services

The BIEM sub-core aids investigators in developing effective interventions and applying rigorous evaluation methods by:

  • Using behavioral epidemiology to identify and prioritize intervention goals
  • Leveraging varied communication channels for intervention research
  • Developing tailored approaches to meet the needs of culturally diverse, hard-to-reach, high-risk individuals, families and communities
  • Using qualitative and quantitative assessments in intervention development
  • Developing/refining process and outcome measures (e.g., assess validity and reliability of behavioral and psychosocial instruments)
  • Conducting formative and summative evaluations (standardize measurement procedures, apply RE-AIM evaluation metric)
  • Monitoring intervention implementation
  • Assessing participants’ understanding and comprehension of data collection instruments and intervention protocols

BIEM Faculty Leaders

  • Judith Wylie-Rosett, EdD, RD, Professor and Head of the Division of Behavioral and Nutritional Research in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, is the BIEM leader.
  • Jeffrey Gonzalez, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Health Psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and of Medicine (Endocrinology) at Einstein, is the BIEM co-leader.
  • Charles E. Basch, PhD, Professor in the Department of Health and Behavior Studies at Columbia University Teachers College, provides expertise in all aspects of evaluation and intervention planning methods, including both qualitative and quantitative methods.

BIEM Resource Faculty

  • Elizabeth A. Walker, PhD, RN, CDE, Professor of Medicine, is a nationally known expert in behavioral aspects of diabetes prevention and control.
  • David Lounsbury, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, has expertise in system dynamics modeling in relation to intervention development.
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