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V PROFESSIONAL CONSIDERATIONS AND REFLECTIONS

In this concluding section, we consider a range of professional activities important to behavioral intervention researchers. Given that behavioral intervention research is a complex form of inquiry requiring different skill sets, in Chapter 22 we explore what it takes to become a behavioral intervention researcher. Furthermore, as advancing a behavioral intervention requires resources, writing competitive grant applications is essential to intervention research. Thus, general grant-writing considerations and those specific to advancing behavioral interventions are explored in Chapter 23. In Chapter 24, we examine publication possibilities throughout the stages of the pipeline—for example, as one develops and evaluates an intervention and when waiting for the main outcomes of an efficacy or effectiveness trial. Finally, in Chapter 25, we offer a concise review and reflection of the significant points addressed in each chapter and offer suggestions for future directions for behavioral intervention research.

The key “take home” points of Part V include the following:

  • ? Behavioral intervention researchers must possess various skills including how to develop and lead teams, how to involve individuals from diverse disciplines, and how to engage, train, and support team members.
  • ? Writing competitive grant applications is necessary and important to support intervention development across the pipeline.
  • ? Publishing is an important professional activity, and there are multiple opportunities for reporting about an intervention even before the main outcomes of a trial are available.
 
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