Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Science Graduate Certificate Program


Faculty

Jodi Holtrop newJodi Summers Holtrop, PhD, MCHES​

Senior Implementation Scientist, ACCORDS; Associate Director, ACCORDS Dissemination and  Implementation Research Program

Professor and Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine

Dr. Holtrop is Professor and Vice-Chair for Research at the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine and Senior Implementation Scientist with the Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS) at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. She has extensive experience as an implementation scientist, qualitative and mixed methods researcher, health educator, and practice-based research director. She has participated in primary care research for over 20 years which includes serving as a Principal Investigator on NIH, AHRQ, and foundation grants. Methodologically, she has expertise in the use of qualitative and mixed methods to inform research questions and is skilled in utilizing theoretical models as a lens in which one can understand how implementation works and to produce generalizable findings regarding the how, why, who, and what of interventions. Dr. Holtrop has directed large studies with extensive qualitative components incorporating both theoretical models as a guide as well as grounded theoretical approaches and is skilled in facilitating focus groups, depth, and cognitive task analysis interviews, analyzing qualitative data utilizing Atlas.ti, developing logic models and conducting analysis using qualitative comparative analysis. A large focus of her work has been studying the implementation of health promotion and chronic disease management in primary care. Finally, she is a master certified health education specialist (MCHES) with expertise in patient education and health behavior change, including motivational interviewing, which are applied to intervention development in programs and approaches in a variety of settings.


 

Bethany M. Kwan, PhD, MSPHKwan headshot 2019

D2V Dissemination & Academic Industry Collaboration Core

Director, ACCORDS Education Program 

Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Bethany Kwan, PhD, MSPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus. She received her PhD in social psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2010, following an MSPH from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2005. She holds a BS in Chemistry and Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University (’01). As an investigator in the University of Colorado’s Adult & Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS), she conducts pragmatic, patient-centered research and evaluation on health and health care in a variety of areas. With an emphasis on stakeholder engagement and dissemination and implementation (D&I) methods, her work addresses the integration of physical and behavioral health, chronic disease self-management, improving processes and systems of care to achieve the Quadruple Aim, pragmatic trials using electronic health data, and enhancing the quality of life for patients and care partners. She works with patients and other stakeholders at all phases of research, from prioritization, to design, implementation, and dissemination of research. She mentors and teaches students, trainees, and fellow faculty on Designing for Dissemination to ensure that research innovations are efficiently and effectively adopted, used, and sustained in real-world settings to improve health and well-being for all. Dr. Kwan directs the ACCORDS Education program as well as the Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) Dissemination & Implementation Research Core.


 

studts_head_shotChristina Studts, PhD, MSPH, LCSW

Associate Research Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado

​Dr. Studts’ mixed methods research focuses on the systematic adaptation and implementation of evidence-based health promotion interventions with underserved populations. She has a strong interest in increasing access to interventions enhancing parenting skills and parent-child relationships, particularly those that help prevent or reduce the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). In addition to leading her own program of community-engaged research, Dr. Studts serves as an implementation scientist on teams studying implementation in a variety of topical areas, including lung cancer screening, nutrition and physical activity practices in child care settings, sexual risk reduction, diagnostic testing after failed newborn hearing screens, and others.


Ross Brownson, PhDRoss Brownson

Professor of Public Health, Washington University, St. Louis 

Dr. Brownson directs the Prevention Research Center, a center that develops innovative approaches to chronic disease prevention through translational research. He leads a large number of other research and training projects funded by a broad array of federal and foundation sources, including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease  Control and Prevention, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is an associate editor of the Annual Review of Public Health and on the editorial board of six other journals.  Brownson is the editor or author of 14 books including “Chronic Disease Epidemiology,  Prevention, and Control,” “Evidence‐Based Public Health,” and “Dissemination and  Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice.” He is the past‐president of the American College of Epidemiology and the National Association of Chronic Disease  Directors. Brownson is also active in the American Public Health Association. 


Elaine Morrato, DrPHHeadshot - Elaine Morrato

Founding Dean, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health at Loyola University

Adjunct Professor, Colorado School of Public Health

Although Dr. Morrato departed the Colorado School of Public Health in 2020 to found the new Loyola University School of Public Health, she remains an esteemed adjunct professor in the Colorado School of Public Health’s Department of Health Systems, Management, and  Policy.  She was trained as an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University and boardcertified in public health.  Her research focuses on accelerating the translation of medical innovation and drug warnings into clinical practice.  Dr. Morrato’s public health practice has contributed to federal policies to promote the safe and appropriate use of medicines, and she regularly advises the FDA on national issues of drug safety and risk management.  Leveraging her additional training in marketing and work in industry settings, Dr. Morrato led the University of Colorado’s iCorps program for several years, training researchers to understand stakeholders/end‐users’ perspectives of value for the research programs they are developing.