The Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science (CMIPS) Welcomes New Members, Drs. Debbie Humphries, Christine Simon, and Junhan Fang

The Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science (CMIPS) welcomes two new associate faculty members, Drs. Debbie Humphries and Christine L. Simon, and a new postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Junhan Fang. Their arrival reflects CMIPS’s ongoing efforts to foster a multidisciplinary network of researchers dedicated to developing and disseminating innovative methodological approaches to increase the acceptance and implementation of effective public health interventions.

Debbie Humphries, PhD, MPH, a clinical instructor in the Yale School of Public Health’s (YSPH) Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology, examines program and impact evaluations, particularly with regard to HIV / AIDS, and research ethics. Over the past 20 years at YSPH, Dr. Humphries is focused on strengthening community research collaborations. She joined CMIPS as the Quantitative Specialist for the R3EDI hub (Rigorous, Rapid, & Relevant Evidence aDaptation & Implementation). The hub, led by CMIPS director Dr. Donna Spiegelman, provides technical support for scientific implementation projects in the most affected areas in the United States through the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the US initiative.

Christine L. Simon, ScM, ScD, adding expertise in qualitative methods to the project, also joins the R3EDI hub. As an Associate Research Scientist in the YSPH Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Simon’s research interests include social epidemiology and community involvement. At CMIPS, she contributes her expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods to strengthen understanding of the social and behavioral pathways that affect the health of vulnerable populations.

CMIPS also welcomes postdoctoral fellow Junhan Fang, PhD. Dr. Fang, which focused on methods for reducing bias in neuroimaging and spatial-temporal data measured with errors, was published in the prestigious biostatistical journal Biometrika. She received the prestigious Pierre Robillard Award 2021 for the best dissertation in statistics defended at all Canadian universities. Dr. Fang works with CMIPS associate faculty member Dr. Laura Forastiere and Dr. Spiegelman on methods for designing implementation studies to exploit “spillover” from individuals who receive an intervention directly to others in their social networks who are not directly targeted by the intervention.

“We are delighted,” said Dr. Spiegelman, “that these three extraordinary researchers are joining CMIPS.” Drs. Humphries, Simon and Fang extend the center’s multidisciplinary expertise and help position CMIPS as a leader in its central goal: to translate research results into practical applications that improve public health in diverse settings.

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