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Health Services, Systems and Policy Seminar Series: James Dearing

January 29 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


This presentation will describe how early work in the diffusion of innovations influenced contemporary work in dissemination and implementation science.  A focus of this discussion will concern organizational research issues.


Jim Dearing (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is Brandt Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University.  Dearing studies the diffusion of innovations, including the adoption and implementation of new evidence-based practices, programs, technologies and policies.  His research and teaching spans dissemination science, implementation science, program sustainability, and the psychological and sociological basis of the diffusion process.  He works with research and practice improvement teams in environmental remediation, nursing care, water conservation, injury and fatality prevention, public health, and healthcare.  He has been principal investigator for research grants from federal agencies including NSF, EPA, NCI, AHQR, and private foundations including The Wallace Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Currently he is PI for a study concerning innovations that promise both public health and climate change mitigation outcomes, and co-PI for a study about the implementation of Project ECHO which uses telecommunication to link medical specialists with primary care providers, both projects funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.