The Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) and UTHealth School of Public Health are hosting the inaugural Texas Institute for Implementation Science Conference and Workshop. This event will be held virtually and there is no cost to attend.

This conference is designed to explore the evolution, current state, and future research agenda in implementation science through a series of four seminars featuring lectures by leading experts in the field of implementation science and a facilitated, interactive panel discussion with lecturers. Attendees will learn about implementation science theory, implementation strategy development, selection and tailoring, study design, evaluation approaches, and real-world application of implementation science. Conference registration is open to all.


  • Explain the evolution, current state, and future research agenda in implementation science and its value to population health.

  • Compare and contrast between implementation research and other related areas, such as efficacy research and effectiveness research.

  • Describe theories, frameworks, and models commonly used in implementation science.

  • Describe the use and provide examples of effectiveness-implementation studies.

  • Identify study designs and research methods commonly used to answer implementation science questions.

  • Distinguish between interventions, practices, and implementation strategies. Apply the use of Intervention Mapping (Implementation Mapping) to develop or select and tailor implementation strategies.

  • Describe the role of intervention adaptation, readiness, fidelity, and flexibility in implementation science.

  • Describe the benefits of stakeholder engagement and ways to engage stakeholders in implementation research.

  • Evaluate reach, adoption, implementation, effectiveness, and sustainability of evidence-based interventions in a variety of public health settings.


The conference this year will be held as a series of four virtual seminars. Seminar registration is open to all.

Registration for individual or multiple seminars can be found here




September 15, 2020

2-3pm CT

Introduction to Implementation Science

Maria Fernandez, PhD & Bijal Balasubramanian, PhD


PowerPoint Slides

September 29, 2020

2-3pm CT 

Improving Technical Assistance and Improving Readiness to Implement Evidence-based Interventions: Stepping Over the Gap Between Research and Practice! 

Abe Wandersman, PhD

October 27, 2020

2-3pm CT 

Lecture and discussion with Geoff Curran, PhD

December 1, 2020

2-3pm CT 

Lecture and discussion with J.D. Smith, PhD


In conjunction with the conference, we are soliciting applications for a workshop designed to guide Texas investigators in developing an implementation research-focused grant proposal. The goal of this workshop is to develop and support new implementation science researchers in Texas. Through the course of three coaching sessions, we will build on the topics covered in the seminars, provide an opportunity for investigators to get feedback on research proposals, and collaboratively work through scenarios dealing with real world application of implementation science methods. Workshops are open to Texas researchers.

The workshop is open to Texas-based researchers and health care professionals new to the field of implementation science but interested in conducting research or quality improvement projects incorporating implementation science principles

Applications Due: Friday, August 21, 2020. Applications are closed at this time.


If you have any questions please contact the TIIS team at rikki.ward@uth.tmc.edu