Summer Institute Postponed

April 7, 2020: 

Susan Murphy and Daniel Almirall

UPDATE: The Summer Institute will be held on  June 28-29, 2021.

The planning committee for the Summer Institute has been monitoring closely the latest guidelines and announcements related to COVID-19. After much consideration and with the health, safety, and well-being of everyone involved with the Summer Institute as our priorities, the 2020 Summer Institute on Innovative Methods has been postponed. The Summer Institute will not be held July 23-24, 2020.

The Summer Institute on Building Effective Just-in-Time Adaptive Interventions Using Micro-Randomized Trial Designs with Susan Murphy and Daniel Almirall will be offered at a later date. The planning committee,  instructors, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse will collaborate to find new dates.

This decision was made prior to acceptances being sent for the institute. Those who applied will not need to resubmit an application once new dates are announced. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Claire Corcoran at

Apply Now: Summer Institute on Just-in-Time Adaptive Interventions

Susan Murphy and Daniel AlmirallJanuary 23, 2020:

Apply now to attend this year’s Summer Institute on Innovative Methods, “Building effective just-in-time adaptive interventions using micro-randomized trial designs.” Susan Murphy, professor of statistics and computer science and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at Harvard University, and Daniel Almirall, research associate professor at The University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center, will introduce the just-in-time adaptive intervention (JITAI) and micro-randomized trial (MRT) for the development of adaptive mobile health interventions. The Institute will be held July 23 – 24 in Bethesda Maryland.

JITAIs are a special type of adaptive intervention where—thanks to mobile technology like activity sensors and smartphones—an intervention can be delivered when and where it is needed. MRTs are a new trial design for addressing scientific questions concerning the construction of highly effective JITAIs. In this workshop, we will introduce JITAIs and provide examples of key scientific questions can be answered using MRTs. Useful primary aim data analysis methods for MRTs will also be discussed.

Day 1 and part of Day 2 of this workshop will focus on JITAI and MRT design considerations and applications. Much of Day 2 will be allotted to understanding primary aims in an MRT and conducting associated primary aim analyses.

The 2020 Summer Institute on Innovative Methods is hosted as a partnership between The Methodology Center at Penn State and the Center for Dissemination and Implementation Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Read more or apply to attend.