Society for Prevention Research
32nd Annual Meeting
May 28 - May 31, 2024
Pre-conference Workshops, May 28, 2024
Hyatt Regency Washington, Washington, DC


DEADLINE: March 4, 2024

Emerging, Hot Topic Abstracts

We welcome you to submit an “emerging, hot topic” abstract for an individual poster presentation, an organized paper symposium, an organized team science panel, or a roundtable discussion/scientific dialogue at the SPR 2024 Annual Meeting. Consider submitting if your research, methodology, policy work, or new data represent an emerging, hot topic issue, and especially if it relates to the overall conference theme of Advancing Partnerships and Collaborative Approaches in Prevention Science.

The emerging, hot topic submissions should describe ground-breaking and unique data that would not otherwise have been presented at the conference. We are especially interested in emerging prevention research related to:

  • the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, particularly how the pandemic has impacted health disparities, the role of prevention science research in reducing the negative impact of COVID-19, and how biology and context can inform research related to preventing the negative consequences of COVID-19.
  • recent natural disasters such as earthquakes or tsunamis or extreme weather events due to climate change, such as how recent wildfires and flooding have exacerbated health disparities.

Other recent emerging, hot topic issues include (but are not limited to): the impact of structural and systemic racism on health, the role of social inequities on the health of underrepresented minorities, efforts to create a national mobilization to reduce the prevalence of neighborhoods and communities of concentrated disadvantage; interventions and outcomes for immigrants; food safety; outbreaks of infectious diseases; safety issues related to autonomous vehicles; effects of high profile mass shootings; the role of primary prevention in addressing the opioid crisis; influence of changing cannabis laws on prevention-related programs, policies and practices; changing regulations around vaping/e-cigarettes use, type of use, and consequences of these devices; and recent local, state or federal policy changes that impact disparities; maternal mortality.

Please note

  • The emerging, hot topic abstract deadline is not intended as an extension of the general submission date which has passed.
  • Accepted individual poster presentation abstracts will be presented during one of the 3 evening poster sessions.
  • Accepted organized paper symposia, organized team science panels, and roundtable discussions/scientific dialogues will be presented as a 90-minute concurrent session.
  • Emerging, hot topic abstracts will undergo formal peer review evaluation by the SPR Conference Committee.

DEADLINE: March 4, 2024

  1. Special theme #1: Developing and applying collaborative methods for co-designing and co-adapting evidence-based preventive interventions especially for marginalized populations: Structural inequality and health equity in marginalized populations and communities

    Working effectively with a range of key partners and community members to develop EBPIs or to culturally adapt an existing EBPI is significant to understand, document, and be able to replicate. However, the process of using collaborative methods when developing and adapting EBPIs does not always receive a great deal of attention in evaluations of preventive interventions. It is important to share insights about these methods as they often require more time, and potentially more resources, to develop. Examples of successful community partnerships that have been able to effectively develop, adapt, and/or evaluate EBPIs are welcome. In particular, we are interested in partnerships with diverse collaborators, including religious and faith-based institutions, local government structures, and local non-profits. Establishing partnerships through community-based collaborative approaches and culturally-grounded collaborations can become a gold standard for prevention science.
  2. Special Theme #2: Integrating evidence-based preventive interventions in partnership with diverse communities and systems

    Coordinated implementation of EBPIs delivered within communities and a variety of systems, such as healthcare, education, criminal legal, and child welfare, is important in promoting EPBI dissemination and sustainability. This could also involve health-related policies at federal, state, county, and local/municipality levels. Additionally, community engagement strategies are essential to producing and implementing interventions that promote health equity at the community level, and also essential to shift the power dynamics from researchers to community representatives. Examples of effective implementation of EBPIs in communities and integration in various systems (e.g., health care, justice), as well as research on the best practices of how this integration can be facilitated, especially in partnership with diverse communities, are welcome.
  3. Special Theme #3: Innovations in community-led and community-engaged team science

    We seek innovation in community-led and community-engaged team science that aims to advance all stages of prevention science from understanding the etiology of behavioral health problems to EBPI development, evaluation, and broad scale-up. We are encouraging team science that is a collaborative effort to advance prevention science and leverages the strengths and expertise of professionals trained in different fields and disciplines. Team science may utilize CER principles and strategies that have been studied and documented for many years, but this theme calls for papers demonstrating how prevention science efforts utilize and promote community-based strategies and methods in a novel way. It is important to reflect present day realities and pressures to have EBPIs available to individuals as soon as possible. Potential research questions include how communities can lead, as well as how they can be collaboratively engaged, as part of the research team. Other research questions include the documentation and measurement of CER methodologies and its impact on outcomes. Engagement and compensation of community members in designing, conducting, interpreting and/or disseminating prevention research from the inception of a project is essential and should be highlighted.
General Conference Themes: Advances in Prevention Research
  1. Epidemiology and Etiology

    Submissions under this theme are focused on describing the distribution and patterns of injury and disease (e.g., cancer, cardiovascular disease, substance use disorders, violence depression, and HIV/AIDS) as well as on identifying risk and protective targets of preventive interventions, especially those with a developmental and/or lifecourse approach, or that include neurobiological, genetic, equity or contextual factors.
  2. Development and Testing of Interventions

    Prevention interventions can be tested for efficacy under conditions of high-quality assurance and strong research designs ("proof of concept") and tested for effectiveness under real-world conditions in settings and systems and with diverse populations. Submissions reporting the findings from efficacy or effectiveness trials (including pilot studies with preliminary outcome data) are welcomed, and those that combine the findings of such trials with one of the special conference themes are particularly encouraged.
  3. Dissemination and Implementation Science

    Dissemination, implementation, and operations research bridge the gap between research and everyday practice through a dynamic, transactional process between the public health community and researchers. Submissions under this theme should advance the scientific understanding of dissemination and implementation, including cost-efficient sustainability of preventive interventions into systems. Presentations that focus on program dissemination and implementation outcomes; improve dissemination and implementation processes; identify individual, provider, organizational, and/or system levels factors; engage community and system collaborators and decisions makers; and that contribute to dissemination, implementation, and effectiveness are encouraged.
  4. Research, Policy, and Practice

    Decision makers around the world emphasize evidence-based policy reform. New policy initiatives at the state and national levels require evidence to guide further policy change, such as changes in opioid prescribing practice guidelines, new approaches to improving the educational system, and preventive approaches to address maternal death health disparities. This theme encourages submissions that evaluate or estimate the outcomes of planned, new, or existing policies, that look at the impact of efficacious programs in emerging policy contexts, and that demonstrate how empirical research has been used to inform and guide new policies. In addition, research that describes and evaluates the processes by which policies have been formed, developed, and implemented are encouraged. A wide variety of content areas are welcomed, including emergent areas such as marijuana legalization or immigration policy, along with recurring areas of concern such as cancer screening, HIV antiretroviral therapy compliance, education policy, firearm policy, obesity prevention, health and mental health parity, and anti-bullying laws and policies. Submissions focused on international research or comparative research across policy contexts and submissions that combine the findings of such research with one of the special conference themes are particularly encouraged.
  5. Innovative Methods and Statistics

    "Cutting edge" studies and methodological analyses that address measurement, statistical, and design challenges to prevention science, including health equity, are invited. That includes studies of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. Studies that use advanced methods but do not directly study a novel statistical, methodological, or design question should be submitted to one of the other themes. Presentations should highlight the challenges related to prevention science that these innovative design and statistical methods can address and additional benefits gained by using these techniques.

NIDA International SPR Poster Session

The SPR International Program and the Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will host the annual NIDA International SPR Poster Session held in conjunction with the SPR annual meeting. Posters should highlight research on the prevention of drug use, prevention of drug use in combination with alcohol use, or prevention of HIV/AIDS in the context of drug use or drug and alcohol use. See the separate call for poster abstracts at .

To submit to the NIDA International SPR Poster Session

  • Select "Individual Poster Presentations"
  • When you select the theme, select "NIDA International SPR Poster Session"

NOTE IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR 2024 Abstract Submissions

  1. New abstract format: Organized Team Science Panel ( The Organized Team Science Panel is well-suited to the 2024 Special Theme #3: Innovations in community-led and community-engaged team science. However, it is available for any conference theme.
  2. There are significant changes to the Abstract Review Criteria ( Please read carefully before writing your abstract.
Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstract submission guidelines for all presentation formats is available at

Begin a submission to the following:

New Submissions Closed: March 4, 2024 11:59pm, Pacific

New Submissions Closed: March 4, 2024 11:59pm, Pacific

New Submissions Closed: March 4, 2024 11:59pm, Pacific

New Submissions Closed: March 4, 2024 11:59pm, Pacific