is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet. Since 2005, she has led a research group on digital interventions for problematic substance use, building and evaluating the components of a stepped care model. Clinically, she has worked as a psychotherapist in the Stockholm Center for Dependency Disorders for 10 years, and then as director of the Swedish National Helpline for problem gamblers and their family members until April 2019, currently serving as a scientific advisor for the helpline. Anne has authored over 80 publications, including 71 peer-review articles, 4 books and 10 book chapters. Her most cited publication is about the Drug Use Disorders Identification Test (DUDIT), which is used all over the world in a variety of healthcare and research contexts. Anne coordinated an international Research-oriented network on e-health interventions for addictive behaviors, resulting in publication of a Special issue on this topic in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine in October 2017, as well as in a tool for standardized reporting of key characteristics of digital interventions. Anne has a longstanding interest in behavioral medicine and has produced a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on behavioral medicine, KIBEHMEDx, available without cost on the edX.org platform. She is currently President-Elect for the International Society of Behavioral Medicine (www.isbm.info), and was honored by a Distinguished Career Contribution Award in Behavioral Medicine in November, 2018.
Title of Keynote: Behavior change in the addictions: Interpreting group-level findings on digital interventions from an individual perspective
Prof. Jennis Freyer-Adam
Institute for Medical Psychology, University Medicine Greifswald, Germany
Professor Jennis Freyer-Adam is a psychologist and researcher dedicated to the development of interventions that can help people change unhealthy behaviors and improve their health. She is passionate about supporting medical students and staff in practicing patient-centered communication skills including Motivational Interviewing. Jennis is Adjunct Professor for Medical Psychology at the University Medicine Greifswald, and scientist at the German Center for Cardiovascular Research. She has received funding from the German Research Foundation, the German Cancer Aid and the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research. Jennis is the principle investigator of various randomized controlled trials on the efficacy of brief interventions delivered either in-person or through computer-generated feedback. She has authored more than 90 original papers and book chapters. Jennis is Editor for Sucht, the German Scientific Journal on Addiction, and member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. In 2016, she was awarded the INEBRIA 2016 Best Abstract Award; and in 2015, the ICTAB 2015 New Investigator Award.
Title of Keynote: New insights into the potentials of brief alcohol interventions in and beyond health care
Prof. Jim McCambridge
Addictive Behaviours & Public Health, University of York, United Kingdom
Jim holds the Chair in Addictive Behaviours & Public Health at the University of York. He has well developed research interests across alcohol, drugs and other addictions and in research methodology. He is also Visiting Professor at Linkoping University in Sweden, and Conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle in Australia. Jim has held editorial board positions on various journals and performed expert advisory and academic society leadership roles for national and international bodies and served as President of INEBRIA 2012-15.
Most of Jim’s work is on alcohol. His two main current research programmes investigate interventions and policy issues, and with colleagues he has previously completed many individual-level intervention trials. He is currently working on the development and evaluation of a novel form of brief intervention in which attention to alcohol is integrated within medication reviews in community pharmacies. Current policy-related research seeks to develop our understanding of the roles the alcohol industry plays within the UK policy making context and elsewhere, as well as influencing the conduct of research globally. These ongoing research programmes are funded by NIHR and the Wellcome Trust respectively.
Title of Keynote: Brief interventions in alcohol policies: future directions
Prof. Per Nilsen
Department of Medical and Health Science at Linkoping University, Sweden
Per Nilsen is a Professor of Social Medicine and Public Health, with a particular focus on implementation science, at Linköping University, Sweden. He was responsible for building a research program on implementation science at Linköping University, which has attracted national and international interest. He leads several projects on implementation of evidence-based practices in various health care and community settings. Nilsen has developed Master and doctoral-level implementation courses, which have run annually since 2011. The PhD course attracts students from all the Nordic countries and beyond. His research also covers issues such as patient safety, workplace learning and change responses. Nilsen takes particular interest in issues concerning behaviour and practice change and the application of theories, models and frameworks for improved understanding and explanation of implementation challenges. His research interests can be traced to his varied background, including studies in behavioural economy, with graduation from Stockholm School of Economics, and in systems development. Before he became a researcher in 2003, he had a 15-year career as organisational consultant in competence issues and as author of international books on artists such as David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Prince.
Title of Keynote: Applying Implementation Science to Understand the Spread and Uptake of Alcohol Prevention in Healthcare
Dr. Svetlana Popova
Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, University of Toronto, Canada
is a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre; Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Epidemiology Division and the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto; Graduate Faculty Full Member with the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto.
Dr. Popova's research focuses on substance abuse and disease burden, and evidence-based policy development. She has a particular interest in the epidemiology, economic cost, prevention and intervention strategies related to substance use during pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Currently, Dr. Popova is a Principal Investigator of one of the largest international studies, guided by the WHO and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), on determining the global prevalence of FASD among children in low- and middle-income countries of Eastern and Central Europe, Africa, as well as Canada. Dr. Popova also collaborates on the Global Burden of Disease studies (GBD) on alcohol consumption as a risk factor for burden of disease.
Dr. Popova has authored more than 100 papers and book chapters. Her research has been published in high-impact journals such as The Lancet, The Lancet Global Health, JAMA Pediatrics, and is widely read and cited.
Title of Keynote: Global maternal alcohol consumption and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: prevalence, comorbidities, economic cost and brief interventions.