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CBT Radio

Jul 2, 2016

Episode #43

Running Time: 36:21

Podcast relevance: Professionals

In this episode, R. Trent Codd, III, Ed.S., interviews Shannon Wiltsey-Stirman, PhD about D & I. Some of the items they discuss in this episode include:

  • The distinction between diffusion, dissemination and implementation
  • What we currently know about dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices
  • What one can do at an individual level to encourage dissemination of EBPs
  • Important future directions for this literature


Shannon Wiltsey-Stirman Biography

Shannon Wiltsey Stirman received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. She completed an internship at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, and returned to Philadelphia for postdoctoral training, where she received an NIMH-funded K99/R00 award to study implementation and sustainability of CBT in a partnership between Penn and the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and disAbility Services to implement cognitive therapy across the city’s network of providers. In 2009, Dr. Stirman joined the VA National Center for PTSD. Her research focuses on training and consultation, the development of scalable and valid measures of fidelity, and the identification of strategies to support the long-term sustainability of evidence-based practices in service settings. Dr. Stirman is now in the Dissemination and Training Division of the National Center for PTSD, and an Assistant Professor at Stanford University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. In addition to leading the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Dissemination and Implementation Special Interest Group in 2013-2014, she founded a special interest group on Dissemination and Implementation at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, and has served as Advisory Board and Network of Expertise Member of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration. She has served on the editorial board of Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Canadian Institute for Health Research.


Episode-related links and resources:


Stirman, S.W., Gutner, C.A., Langdon, K. & Graham, J.R., Bridging the gap between research and practice in mental health service settings: An overview of developments in implementation theory and research, Behavior Therapy (2015), doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2015.12.001



Aarons, G. A., Ehrhart, M. G., Farahnak, L. R., & Hurlburt, M. S. (2015). Leadership and organizational change for implementation (LOCI): a randomized mixed method pilot study of a leadership and organization development intervention for evidence-based practice implementation.Implementation Science10(1), 1.
Creed, T. A., Wolk, C. B., Feinberg, B., Evans, A. C., & Beck, A. T. (2016). Beyond the Label: Relationship Between Community Therapists’ Self-Report of a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Orientation and Observed Skills.Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research43(1), 36-43.
Glisson, C., Schoenwald, S. K., Hemmelgarn, A., Green, P., Dukes, D., Armstrong, K. S., & Chapman, J. E. (2010). Randomized trial of MST and ARC in a two-level evidence-based treatment implementation strategy.Journal of consulting and clinical psychology78(4), 537.
Hemmelgarn, A. L., Glisson, C., & James, L. R. (2006). Organizational culture and climate: Implications for services and interventions research.Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice13(1), 73-89.
Herschell, A. D., Kolko, D. J., Baumann, B. L., & Davis, A. C. (2010). The role of therapist training in the implementation of psychosocial treatments: A review and critique with recommendations. Clinical psychology review30(4), 448-466.
Stirman, S. W., Bhar, S. S., Spokas, M., Brown, G. K., Creed, T. A., Perivoliotis, D., ... & Beck, A. T. (2010). Training and consultation in evidence-based psychosocial treatments in public mental health settings: The ACCESS model. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice41(1), 48.
Williams, N. J., Glisson, C., Hemmelgarn, A., & Green, P. (2016). Mechanisms of Change in the ARC Organizational Strategy: Increasing Mental Health Clinicians’ EBP Adoption Through Improved Organizational Culture and Capacity. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 1-15.