JULY 18th Webinar


JULY 18, 2018


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Implementation science is an emerging scientific field, which is receiving increasing interest internationally. It involves scientific research on the uptake of evidence-based recommendations in healthcare practice and policy. This is the first installment in a series of webinars on implementation science research in global mental health. In this presentation, the speakers will introduce the field of implementation science and its key objectives. Also, the speakers will demonstrate an example of implementation science by presenting a study on depression treatment in primary care. They will then sketch and discuss theoretical frameworks from various scientific traditions (including CFIR, TDF, and TICD). This presentation will identify and assess a range of research methods in implementation science from the perspective of the co-editor-in-chief of the journal, Implementation Science. Finally, the presenters will pose some important questions for future implementation science research.


Headshot of Dr. Ishmael Amarreh

Ishmael Amarreh, Ph.D., M.P.A.
Chief, Research Scientist Development
Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health, NIMH

Dr. Ishmael Amarreh is responsible for the initiation, planning, execution, assessment, coordination and promotion of international research and scientist development activities within the ORDGMH in conjunction with other NIH Institutes and Centers and governmental and international organizations, as needed. Additionally, Dr. Amarreh is the Project Officer for the international research portfolio at NIMH and works with NIMH extramural and intramural program staff to develop global projects and provide technical consultation to the global mental health community.

Prior to joining NIMH, Dr. Amarreh was a Health Scientist and served as a senior science advisor to the Associate Director for Scientific Affairs and Director of the Division of Extramural Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse where his accomplishments included: receiving the 2015 NIH Director's Award for outstanding accomplishment; successfully launching a $300 million study on adolescent brain cognitive development; and authoring the strategic plan for Collaborative Research on Addiction at NIH. Dr. Amarreh has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, a Master’s degree in International Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology.



Headshot of Dr. Michel Wensing

Michel Wensing, Ph.D.
Professor of Health Services Research and Implementation Science
at Heidelberg University Hospital
Editor-in-Chief of Implementation Science


Michel Wensing is a university professor of health services research and implementation science in healthcare at Heidelberg University Hospital (Germany) since 2015. He is also head of the two-year M.Sc. program of Health Services Research and Implementation Science and adjunct-head of the Department of General Practice and Health Services Research. Previously, he was full professor at Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen (Netherlands), where he worked 25 years. He has academic degrees in Medical Sociology (M.Sc. 1991), Medical Sciences (Ph.D., 1997), Health Economics (Diploma 2007), and Medical Care Research (Habilitation 2010). His academic work focuses on the organization, delivery and outcomes of primary healthcare. Key themes are the implementation of evidence-based practice, practice organization, interprofessional collaboration, and alignment with patient preferences. His research has resulted in 400+ scientific publications and 40+ supervised Ph.D. students. He is co-editor of a comprehensive book on implementation science (with Richard Grol, published in English and Dutch), associate editor of the Cochrane Group for Effective and Organisation of Care, co-editor-in-chief of the journal Implementation Science, and Marsilius Fellow at the Centre of Advanced Studies at Heidelberg University.