Meet our international speakers

Keynote speaker:
Michel Wensing, PhD, is a professor of health services research and implementation science at Heidelberg University, Germany. He is based in Heidelberg University Hospital, Department of General Practice and Health Services Research, and head of a Master of Science program for health services research. He has an affiliation with Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, Netherlands, and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Implementation Science. After graduation in social science, he focused on health services research within the medical sciences. His work aims to enhance the development of primary care and implementation science in healthcare.

Cynthia A. Vinson, PhD, MPA, is a senior adviser for the Implementation Science Team in the Office of the Director in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). She works on building and sustaining the field of implementation science to enhance the integration of evidence-based guidelines, programs, and policies for cancer control in public health and clinical practice. As a member of the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership she is responsible for working within NCI and with other agencies and organizations to translate research funded by DCCPS into practice. She has helped launch many of the current initiatives, including Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T., Research-Tested Intervention Programs, SPeeding Research INTerventions, and many funding opportunities conferences and trainings.

Leah L. Zullig, PhD, MPH, is an associate professor in the Duke Department of Population Health Sciences where she co-directs the Duke Population Health Sciences Implementation Core. She also directs a new doctoral program in Population Health Sciences. Dr. Zullig has experience leading and collaborating on projects using a broad range of research methods to implement, adapt, and scale up evidence-based interventions and practices. She works in a variety of setting including integrated health care systems, community-based clinics, and academic organizations, among others. Her overarching research interests address the reduction of healthcare disparities, improving cancer care delivery and quality, and promoting cancer survivorship and chronic disease self-management.

Byron Powell, PhD, LCSW, is an assistant professor and co-director of the Center for Mental Health Services Research at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. His scholarship focused on barriers and facilitators to implementing evidence-based practices; designing, tailoring, and assessing the effectiveness of implementation strategies; and advancing implementation research methods. His research has primarily been supported by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Powell has served as faculty for several training initiatives, including the Implementation Research Institute, Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH) and Knowledge Translation Canada Summer Institute. He is president of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration, and is on the editorial boards of Implementation Science and Implementation Research and Practice.

Bianca Albers, MSc, MA, is a co-founder and the chair of the European Implementation Collaborative (EIC). She is a seasoned organizational leader, investigator, and project manager with extensive experience in promoting the use of evidence in policy and practice in child, youth, and family services in multiple Western countries. In her work, she focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of research-supported programs, practices, and service models and on building the capacity within organizations and services to establish and maintain evidence-based practice and policy cultures. A key element in this work is the identification, selection, and translation of current best and relevant evidence.