From Idea to Intervention: Breaking down the research process from start to finish

Interested in learning more about the research process? Ever wanted to know how you get from a research idea to the development of an intervention?

Then considering attending this upcoming presentation! 

“From Idea to Intervention: Breaking down the research process from start to finish.”

Monday, November 5, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Presenters: Professor Elwin Wu and Assistant Professor Brooke West
CSSW, Room 1109
RSVP: not required
General Contact: Jenissis Jeanty ([email protected])

In this training session, Professor Elwin Wu and Assistant Professor Brooke West will discuss the phases of research from start to finish, including how research ideas are generated, how studies are designed and implemented and what needs to be done along the way to make sure that the work is ethical and responsible. This session is open to all students and provide an opportunity to learn more about how research gets done. As this will be an informal chat, please come with questions.


Dr. Elwin Wu is a Co-Director of the CSSW Social Intervention Group (SIG) and Co-Director of the HIV Intervention Science Training Programfor Racial/Ethnic Minority New Investigators. He is also a Director of Columbia University’s Training, HIV, Substance Abuse, and Criminal Justice Fellowship Program, and Co-Direcor of Global Health Research Center of Central Asia (GHRCCA), also at Columbia University. His practice experience includes direct clinical practice with individuals, couples, and groups with agencies serving primarily the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities; evaluation of violence prevention programs for perpetrators of intimate partner violence in same-sex relationships; and program development and evaluation for criminal justice-involved adolescents and adults.


Dr. Brooke West is a medical sociologist whose global and domestic research examines determinants of HIV/STI and substance use, as well as reproductive health and violence exposure. Drawing on social science and public health approaches, she examines the conditions in which health risks occur for substance using populations, women in sex work, and other stigmatized groups.

Dr. West is the principal investigator on a NIDA-funded study that examines the intersection of venue-based risk and networks for substance-using women in Tijuana, Mexico, with the goal of informing the development of targeted interventions that create safer spaces for affected people. Other projects include evaluation and development of sexual and reproductive health programs in Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, and the United States.

She received her PhD in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University in 2014. She also has an MA in Sociology from Cornell University and a BA in Sociology and Philosophy from Cleveland State University.

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