D&I Programs & Events

The Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) team offers programs and events to increase the number of investigators engaged in D&I activities and research on the UW-Madison campus and across our regional community.

Our programs and events also provide a primer for how to effectively design and conduct D&I activities and apply for D&I funding.

2016 Dissemination & Implementation Short Course Archives

The 2016 D&I Short Course featured national experts in this emerging field.


Ross C. Brownson, PhD
Washington University in St. Louis • Director, Prevention Research Center

A leading expert in chronic disease prevention and an expert in the area of applied epidemiology, Professor Brownson is regarded as one of the great intellectual, educational, and practice leaders in the field of evidence-based public health. Currently serving as a member of the Faculty Advisory Council of Washington University’s Institute for Public Health, Dr. Brownson has a joint appointment with the University’s School of Medicine (Siteman Cancer Center).

Dr. Brownson co-directs the Prevention Research Center — a major, CDC funded center jointly led by Washington University and Saint Louis University – that develops innovative approaches to chronic disease prevention. He leads a large number of other major research and training projects funded by a broad array of federal and foundation sources, including the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

He is an associate editor of the Annual Review of Public Health, and on the editorial board of five other journals. Dr. Brownson is president of the American College of Epidemiology. Active in the American Public Health Association and the Missouri Public Health Association, he is one of the authors of Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice.

curran_webddbstyle Geoffrey M. Curran, PhD
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences • Director, Center for Implementation Research

Director of the UAMS’ Center for Implementation Research, Dr. Curran was trained as a medical sociologist. He has been conducting continuously funded (NIDA, NIMH, VA) implementation research as PI for 15 years. He and his colleagues have developed and tested a range of facilitation strategies designed to support the uptake and sustainment of evidence-based practices. Dr. Curran has also been a leader in the field of research methods in implementation science. He has initiated and developed formative evaluation methods for implementation strategy/intervention development and research designs for hybrid effectiveness-implementation trials.

The UAMS Center for Implementation Research is devoted to developing and testing implementation strategies across a wide range of service contexts, assisting with the implementation of practices within UAMS and community practices, and training the next generation of implementation scientists. Dr. Curran currently teaches a graduate-level course in implementation science and through a collaboration with UAMS’s CTSA, he is developing a graduate certificate program in implementation science and a scholars program for clinician-scientists.

gustafson_david3David H. Gustafson, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Gustafson is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Preventive Medicine at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a member of the D&I Research in Health Study Section, NIH Center for Scientific Review. He is past chairman of the Industrial Engineering Department and founder of the Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis (CHSRA), a multi-disciplinary research center employing systems analysis, decision science and decision support.

Jane Mahoney, MD
University of Wisconsin-Madison • Professor in the UW Division of Geriatrics, Director of the Community-Academic Aging Resource Network (CAARN), Director of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute (WAI), and Co-Director of Dissemination and Implementation Resources at the Institute for Clinical & Translational Research, (ICTR)

She is nationally recognized for pioneering research in falls and interventions to reduce the incidence of falls in community-dwelling elderly. Dr. Mahoney’s research is supported by several peer-reviewed grants from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), NIH and AMRQ.

quanbeck_andrew-pic_Andrew Quanbeck, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Quanbeck is an Associate Scientist with the University of Wisconsin’s (UW) Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS) and an Honorary Associate of the UW’s Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering. Dr. Quanbeck is also a frequent partner with the UW ICTR CAP Dissemination and Implementation Program. Dr. Quanbeck is Principal Investigator on two NIH-funded grants focused on implementation of evidence-based practices, including a K01 Mentored Research Scientist Award and an R34 Clinical Trial Planning Grant. Prior to shifting his emphasis to implementation science, he gained significant research experience on quality improvement in health care.