Our Implementation Dilemma Panel

Three distinguished panelists tackled implementation dilemmas on day 2 of the conference:

Barbara van der Linden is a Senior Consultant at ZonMW, the Netherlands’ Organisation for Health Research and Development. ZonMW funds and commissions health research and promotes the actual use of the knowledge this research produces. Barbara is part of ZonMW’s implementation team which aids those working in the field to translate research and use it in practice. As a panelist, she will share her experience with providing this support at the interface between policy, practice and research.


An experimental psychologist by training, Nick Sevdalis is a Professor of Implementation Science and Patient Safety at King’s College London. He has made substantial contributions to capacity building in the field of implementation science – among others by forming and developing the King’s Centre for Implementation Science, and establishing annual Implementation Science Masterclasses for health professionals, researchers, patients and service users. He will contribute with a true ‘intermediary’ perspective to this panel.

Anette Søgaard Nielsen currently works at the Institute of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark, where she heads the RESCueH Research Program, a series of alcohol treatment research studies. Next to this research expertise, she also brings extensive experience in implementation leadership to this panel. For years, she has led implementation processes in Danish public sector organisations and created change based on high levels of staff and team engagement. She also is a highly skilled implementer of and trainer in Motivational Interviewing.

Greg Aarons presented on Implementation Leadership on day 2 of the conference

We were honoured to have Greg Aarons, a clinical and organisational psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego among our 2018 keynotes.

Dr Aarons is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC) and a Co-Director of the Center for Organizational Research on Implementation and Leadership (CORIL).

In his current research, he focuses on developing and testing organisation supports and training supervisors to become effective leaders to support evidence-based practice implementation and sustainment

Kim de Jong spoke about Routine Outcome Monitoring on day 1 of the conference

Kim de Jong, Assistant Professor at Leiden University and an expert in routine outcome monitoring will guest the Nordic Implementation Conference as a keynote speaker.

Dr de Jong has extensive experience in supporting the work of frontline clinicians. Her key interest lies in the development and implementation of effective feedback mechanisms that can support frontline staff in improving the life and wellbeing of their clients and patients. She also works with new ways to collect and use implementation and outcome data collected in naturalistic settings.


Judy Hutchings presented experience with implementing The Incredible Years

We were very pleased to welcome Professor Judy Hutchings as a keynote speaker at the Nordic Implementation Conference.

Professor Hutchings is part of Bangor University’s School of Psychology, and the Director of Bangor’s Centre for Evidence-Based Early Intervention. She has extensive experience with developing and implementing different parenting programs across both high and low and middle income countries, among them The Incredible Years Series.

She currently leads the Bangor work to evaluate a bullying prevention programme, a health visitor led home visiting programme for parents of high challenge pre-school children and a web based parent support programme.


John Lavis was the opening keynote at the 2018 Nordic Implementation Conference

Dr. Lavis holds the Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Informed Health Systems. He is the Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Evidence-Informed Policy. He also founded and continues to direct the McMaster Health Forum. His research focuses on how to support the use of research evidence in health policymaking, both in high-income countries like Canada and in a broad range of international settings.