“MOST-ly Mingling” at SPR

May 1, 2019:

Kate GuastaferroMethodology Center Investigator Kate Guastaferro will host an informal gathering during the Society for Prevention Research 2019 Annual Meeting to socialize and network with people considering or applying the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST). The gathering will be held on Wednesday, May 29, at 7:00 p.m. at the Eclipse Kitchen & Bar in the Hyatt Regency San Francisco and is open to anyone who is interested. Kate will answer questions about MOST and facilitate connections between researchers with similar interests. We hope you can make it!

Join Us at SPR!

April 30, 2019:

Join us at the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) 2019 Annual Meeting, May 28 through 31 in San Francisco. Methodology Center researchers will present symposia, talks, posters, a technical demonstration, and participate in the SPR Cup. We hope to see you there! Below is a list of the places where you can find us.

Tuesday, May 28

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Poster Session I

  • “Heavy drinking and academics: Daily-level associations, or do less serious students just drink more?” Hannah Allen
  • “Profiles of dysregulation moderate the impact of preschool teacher-student relationships on later school functioning” Benjamin Bayly
  • “Identifying substance use disorders among individuals with spinal cord injury: Using big data Sources via electronic health records” Scott Graupensperger
  • “Effects of a mindfulness training intervention on alcohol use in public school teachers” Natalia Van Doren

Wednesday, May 29

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Roundtable: Enhancing the reach and impact of drug abuse and behavioral health preventive interventions: Mining existing data for bold new discoveries Stephanie Lanza, Discussant

5:45 – 7:00 p.m. Poster Session II

  • “Approaches to characterizing drinking episodes in college students from wearable alcohol sensors” John Felt
  • “Gender differences in the time-varying association between cigarette use and weight concerns across adolescence” Anna Hochgraf
  • “Drug use patterns among young men of color who have sex with men” Eric Layland

7:00 –8:30 MOST-ly Mingling Join Kate Guastaferro in the Eclipse Kitchen & Bar, located in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, to socialize and discuss issues related to the optimization of interventions.

Thursday, May 30

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Organized Paper Symposium: Opioid and other nonmedical prescription drug use in the United States: Contemporary trends in use, co-use, and correlates to identify opportunities for prevention Stephanie Lanza, organizer

  • “Contemporary trends in nonmedical prescription drug use as a function of individual and sociodemographic characteristics: Ages 12 to 90” Stephanie Lanza
  • “Age-varying trends in co-use of marijuana and heavy episodic drinking: Implications for nonmedical prescription drug use” Ashley Linden-Carmichael

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Sloboda and Bukoski Cup Team:  Hannah Allen, Andrew Dismukes, John Felt, Natalia Van Doren, and Adrienne Woods

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Roundtable Discussion: SPR task force on reducing health disparities and improving equity through prevention Bethany Bray, Discussant

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Individual paper presentations: Prevention related to drug abuse across developmental stage Bethany Bray, Moderator

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Individual paper presentations:Family, individual, and neighborhood risk factors as predictors of long-term behavior and mental health problems 

  • “Constellations of family risk and long-term adolescent antisocial behavior: A latent profile analysis” Emily LoBracio

6:40 – 7:55 p.m. Poster Session III

  • Technology Demonstration: Software, instructional materials, videos, and other resources from The Methodology Center at Penn State Bethany Bray

Friday May 31

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Organized Paper Symposium: Applying latent class models in prevention science: Practical solutions to everyday problems Bethany Bray, Organizer

  • “Multiple imputation of missing covariate information in latent class analysis: evaluation of a step-by-step approach” John Dziak
  • “Multilevel latent profile analysis for daily diary data: Understanding triadic family dynamics” Mengya Xia
  • “Combining latent class analysis and time-varying effect modeling: Understanding the epidemiology of alcohol use” Bethany Bray

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Individual Paper Presentations: using mobile health techniques to understand and prevent substance use

  • “Day and within-day trends of drug cravings: Ecological momentary assessment among a sample of patients with prescription opiate dependence” Jamie Gajos

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Plenary Session III, Mobile health (mHealth) in prevention science: Assessment, intervention, and analysis Stephanie Lanza, Chair

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Plenary Session III Roundtable: Mobile health (mHealth) in prevention science: Assessment, intervention, and analysis Stephanie Lanza, Chair

2:45 – 4:15 p.m. Organized Paper Symposium: Using time-varying effect models to understand predictors of substance use and depression within-days and across developmental periods Benjamin Bayly, Organizer

  • “Age-varying association between childhood maltreatment and depression and substance use” Yuen Wai Hung
  • “Age-varying effects of parental warmth and closeness on adolescent and young adult substance use and depression” Benjamin Bayly

Join Us at SPR

April 18, 2017:16spr
Join us at the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) 2017 Annual Meeting, May 30 through June 2 in Washington, D.C. Methodology Center researchers will present symposia, talks, posters, special interest groups, and a roundtable on a broad array of topics including youth substance abuse, HIV-risk behavior, optimization of interventions, sexual abuse prevention, health disparities for sexual minorities, and much more. Of special note, SPR is launching a new task force focused on big data in prevention research, and Mildred Maldonado-Molina and Stephanie Lanza are hosting a roundtable about the initiative on Thursday morning.


Tuesday, May 30
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshop V: Introduction to multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) for building more effective, efficient, economical, and scalable behavioral and biobehaviorial interventions. Linda Collins and Kari Kugler.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Poster Session I

  • “Markers of adulthood and drinking behavior: what types of markers matter, and when?” Arielle Deutsch.
  • “Sociodemographic patterns of discrimination and health behaviors: Implications for health disparities,” Lindsey Potter.
  • “Free design and analysis software for use with R and SAS from the Penn State Methodology Center,” John Dziak will demonstrate and distribute Methodology Center software.

Wednesday, May 31
11:45 – 12:45 p.m. Brown Bag Special Interest Group Meeting I: Fostering health and well-being among LGBT populations. Cara Rice.

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  Brown Bag Special Interest Group Meeting VI: Optimization of multicomponent interventions. Linda Collins and Kari Kugler.

6:15 – 8:00 p.m. Poster Session II

  • “Profiles of parental acculturation and stress and effects on family cohesion, communication and positive parenting among Hispanics,” Mildred Maldonado-Molina.
  • “Examining patterns of childhood maltreatment history and adulthood mental health and substance use outcomes,” Kate Guastaferro.
  • “Age trends in nicotine/tobacco product use in the United States: Differences across geographic region,” Jessica Braymiller.

Thursday, June 1
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. SPR Mapping Advances in Prevention Science (MAPS) V Task Force: Big data. Mildred Maldonado-Molina and Stephanie Lanza.

2:45 – 4:15 p.m. Individual Paper Presentations: Theme – Promoting health equity and decreasing disparities through public systems of care and policy.
“Stress response profiles and behavioral functioning among low-income parents,” Sarah Perzow.

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Organized Paper Symposium: Understanding alcohol, marijuana and e-cigarette use during young adulthood: New contributions of person-centered approaches. Bethany Bray, organizer.
“Transitions in marijuana use and patterns of reasons for use during young adulthood,” Bethany Bray.

6:15 – 8:00 p.m. Poster Session III

  • “An epidemiological latent class analysis of alcohol use behavior among adult drinkers,” Ashley Linden-Carmichael.
  • “Linking childhood maltreatment to patterns of adolescent substance use,” Peter Rivera.

Friday, June 2
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Roundtable: How to enhance translation research for substance use prevention: Reflections from NIDA centers on bench to clinic and community interventions. Linda Collins, discussant.

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Organized Paper Symposium: Pathways, profiles, and predictors of adolescent sexual behavior explained through diverse methods.
“Using boredom to compare competing sexual risks in adolescence,” Eric Layland.
“The risk of doing activities because there is nothing else to do: unpacking intervention effects on delaying sexual activity onset and reducing substance use,” Mojdeh Motamedi.

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Organized Paper Symposium: Towards a comprehensive, universal childhood sexual abuse prevention strategy. Jonathan Reader, organizer.
“Parent-focused child sexual abuse prevention: A brief overview of curriculum development and pilot testing,” Kate Guastaferro.

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Organized Paper Symposium: Sexual minority health disparities: Using innovative methods to explore different etiologies. Cara Rice, organizer.
“Multidimensional patterns of sexual risk behavior among young men who have sex with men,” Sara Vasilenko.
“An examination of sexual minority health disparities across the life course,” Cara Rice.

2:45 – 4:15 p.m. Organized Paper Symposium: Stress response profiles and behavioral functioning among low-income parents.
“Stress response profiles and behavioral functioning among low-income parents,” Sarah Perzow.

Meet us at SPR!

April 25, 2016:MAR-BCB-STL
Come see us at the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) 2016 Annual Meeting, May 31 through June 3 in San Francisco. This year, we will be presenting symposia, talks, posters, and a special interest group on a broad array of topics including time-varying effect modeling, HIV-risk behavior, optimization of interventions, smoking cessation, and much more.

Tuesday, May 31

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Poster Session I
“Homeless youths’ daily positive and negative support from close friends,” Amanda Griffin.

Wednesday, June 1

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. “Brown bag” special interest group meeting: Optimizing preventive interventions
Discussion about how to apply the multiphase optimization strategy to attendees’ research. Linda Collins, presenter.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Roundtable: Using preventive interventions to better understand etiological mechanisms and risk for suicide. Stephanie Lanza, discussant.

5:45 – 7:45 p.m. Poster Session II

  • “Gambling and polysubstance use behavior patterns: Using latent class analysis to examine the syndromal model of addiction,” Bethany Bray.
  • “Motivations for marijuana use among young adults in the U.S.,” Bethany Bray.
  • “‘Gay age’ and recreational drug use among men who have sex with men,” Cara Rice.
  • “First-year college students’ health and well-being: The long-term effects of mindfulness training at 3- and 6-month follow-up,” Kamila Dvorakova.

Thursday, June 2

10:15—11:45 a.m. Individual paper presentations: School-based health-related prevention programs
“Girls just want to know where to have fun: Preventing substance use initiation in an under-resourced community through the leisure-focused Healthwise,” Mojdeh Motamedi.

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.  Organized 20 x 20 presentation: Diverse applications of time-varying effect modeling to answer important questions in prevention science. Michael Russell, chair.

  • “Four definitions of ‘time’ in time-varying effect modeling: Examples in marijuana use” Stephanie Lanza, presenter.
  • “Adolescent e-cigarette use: Age-varying prevalence and association with traditional cigarette smoking,” Michael Russell, presenter.
  • “Sexual behavior and depressive symptoms across adolescence and young adulthood,” Sara Vasilenko, presenter.

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Organized paper symposium: Three M’s in prevention research: Mediation, multilevel modeling, and missing data. Bethany Bray, discussant.

6:15 – 8:00 p.m. Poster Session III

  • “Time-varying effect of risk-perception on cigarette use among high school seniors,” Jessica Braymiller.
  • “Using engineering methods during intervention design to increase participant engagement,” Emily Waterman.
  • “Free software for data analysis and experimental design from the Penn State Methodology Center,” Bethany Bray will demonstrate and distribute Methodology Center software.

Friday, June 3

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Organized paper symposium: New insights to prevention sciences from intensive longitudinal data
“Using the time-varying effect model with intensive longitudinal data to inform prevention research,” Sara Vasilenko, presenter.

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Organized paper symposium: Using big data to inform healthcare utilization, surveillance, and prevention research Stephanie Lanza, discussant.

Visit us at SBM & SRA

March 14, 2016:
Come see us at the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Annual Meeting and the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) Biennial Meeting. Methodology Center Investigators will be presenting pre-conference workshops, a seminar, talks, a Master Lecture, and more.

Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Annual Meeting

Wednesday, March 30, 12:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Methodology Center Director Linda Collins will lead a special interest group, Introduction to the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) for Building More Effective, Efficient, Economical, and Scalable Behavioral and Biobehavioral Interventions.

Wednesday, March 30, 3:15 – 6:00 p.m.
Methodology Center Investigators and Affiliates Billie Nahum-Shani, Susan Murphy, Bonnie Spring, David Conroy, and Daniel Almirall will present the seminar, Building Just-In-Time Adaptive Interventions in Mobile Health: The Role of Micro-Randomized Trials.

Friday, April 1, 7:15 – 8:00 a.m.
Methodology Center Investigators Linda Collins and Kari Kugler will participate in a breakfast roundtable, Introduction to Optimizing Behavioral Interventions.

Friday, April 1, 8:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Methodology Center Investigator Kari Kugler will chair the symposium, Optimization of Behavioral Interventions: Three Real World Applications.

Friday, April 1, 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.
Methodology Center Investigator Kari Kugler will present the talk, “Optimization of an Intervention Targeting the Intersection of Alcohol Use and Sexual Risk Behavior among College Students,” during the paper session, Substance Use and Abuse. 

Saturday, April 2, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Methodology Center Principal Investigator Susan Murphy will present the Master Lecture, Micro-Randomized Trials in Mobile Health.

Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) Biennial Meeting

Wednesday, March 30, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Methodology Center Investigators Stephanie Lanza and Sara Vasilenko will present the seminar, Time-Varying Effect Modeling in Developmental Research on Adolescence. 

Thursday, March 31, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Methodology Center Investigator Rebecca Evans-Polce will present the talk, “Social Roles and Excessive Alcohol Use Across Young Adulthood” during the symposium, The Ins and Outs of the Transition to Adulthood: Social Role Transitions and Substance Use.

Thursday, March 31, 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
Methodology Center Investigator Sara Vasilenko will present the talk, “Age-Varying Associations Between Sexual Behavior and Depression: The Role of Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Religion and Parent Attitudes,” during the symposium, Adolescent Sexual and Romantic Experiences and Psychological Adjustment: A Focus on Latino Adolescents.

Friday, April 1, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Methodology Center Investigator Michael Russell will present the talk, “Age-Varying Associations Between Witnessing Violence, Substance Use, Depression, and Health From Adolescence to Young Adulthood,” during the symposium, Substance Use, Violence, and Health During Adolescence and the Transition to Adulthood.

Saturday, April 2, 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
Methodology Center Investigator Michael Russell will present the talk, “Adolescent Alcohol Use, GABRA2 Genotype, and Developmental Stage: A Gene Intervention-Development Interaction,” during the symposium, Longitudinal and Polygenic Approaches to Gene x Intervention (G×I) Studies of Adolescent Behavior Problems.