EUSPR Early Careers Forum

EUSPR Early Careers Forum

The Early Careers Forum offers early-career members of the EUSPR a dedicated platform for professional exchange and mutual support.


The EUSPR’s Early Careers Forum has been established to facilitate networking and shared learning among those members of the EUSPR who are still in the early stages of their career. It offers the first European and interdisciplinary platform for early-career researchers, practitioners and policy-makers interested in prevention research.

Specifically, the Early Careers Forum aims to offer:

  • Networking opportunities with fellow early-career researchers, practitioners and policy-makers across Europe
  • Information concerning prevention-related funding and job opportunities, upcoming conferences and interesting publications
  • A chance for early-career members to present and obtain feedback on their work
    Methodological and professional development support

The Forum started its work at the beginning of 2015 and will be formally launched during the Sixth EUSPR Conference and Members’ Meeting, 22-24 October 2015, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Please come along to our events during this year’s conference to help develop the Forum.

Full details about the Conference including the early careers related activities are available here.

See the Early Careers Forum webpage for further details of the forum including how to join:

Early Careers Forum

Poster Prizes, Awards, and SPAN Bursaries (2015 Conference)


The Science for Prevention Academic Network (SPAN) is offering bursaries of up to € 800 to early career delegates to assist in covering workshop and associated fees, travel and accommodation costs for the entire duration of the 2015 EUSPR conference.

Poster Prizes

SPAN will issue prizes at the conference for the best posters by early career delegates. There will be 3 prizes of € 120, € 80 and € 50, plus each prize winner will receive 1 year’s free EUSPR membership.

EUSPR Awards

EUSPR will issue five awards at the conference, including one EUSPR/SPAN award.


Call for Papers – Journal of Family Communication

Please see the following link for a call for papers for a special issue of the Journal of Family Communication, in the area of substance use prevention and families called, “A Family Communication Perspective on Substance Use Prevention, Intervention, Treatment, and Coping”.

Paper submission deadline: January 15, 2016

Call for papers


Early career delegates

SPAN-logo-next-left-full-colour-320x100pxIn collaboration with SPAN the 2015 EUSPR conference will hold several events and initiatives for early career delegates (including Masters and PhD students, Post Docs, as well as early-career practitioners and policy-makers):


  • SPAN early career bursaries of up to €800 to support workshop and conference attendance
  • Significant savings for students for the conference and workshop fees (Conference fee for student members: €30, a 75% discount; non members €60, a 65% discount)
  • EUSPR Early Careers Forum launch and networking event
  • Early career parallel session on the afternoon of day 2
  • Two workshops aimed at early career delegates: Conducting systematic reviews; Writing for publication and publishing papers
  • EUSPR/SPAN early career researcher award, and SPAN early careers poster prizes

EUSPR Early Careers Forum Launch and Networking Event

Day 1 of the conference (22nd October) will include the complimentary EUSPR Early Careers Forum launch and networking event (limited to 25 delegates). The Early Careers Forum Launch Event is fully booked.

Conference and Pre-Conference Speakers/Conveners

Pre-Conference Workshops, 21st October 2015

See the following link for details of the workshops:

Workshop Details

Conference, 22nd – 24th October 2015

We are very pleased to announce that the keynote speakers for the conference are:

  • Hugo Harper, Behavioural Insights Team (UK) – Automatic behaviour change in public policy and health
  • Dr Esther K. Papies, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology and School of Psychology, University of Glasgow (UK); Dept. of Psychology, Utrecht University (ND) – Health goal priming, Or: How to benefit from nonconscious motivational routes to health behavior
  • Prof Reinout W. Wiers, University of Amsterdam (ND) – Assessing and Changing Implicit Cognitive Processes in Addiction: Implications for Prevention
  • Dr Nick Axford, Dartington Social Research Unit, UK – Are evidence-based programmes dead?
  • Prof Paul van Soomeren, DSP-groep (ND) – Crime Prevention through Environmental Design: lessons learned
  • Prim Dr Polonca Truden Dobrin, National Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia (SI) – Towards Better Health and Reducing Inequalities in Health – Changing the preventive health care for children and adolescents in Slovenia


Plenary Session 1.1 – Hugo Harper

Hugo is a Senior Advisor in the UK’s Behavioural Insights Team with a focus on Public Health Policy. As well as working closely with the Department of Health and Public Health England in the UK he has spent time in both Singapore and Australia developing the adoption of a more behavioural approach to policy design. Hugo holds an MSc, with distinction, in Behavioural and Economic Sciences from the University of Warwick, as well as a BA in Psychology and Physiology from Oxford University.

Hugo Harper Abstract

Plenary Session 1.2 – Dr Esther K. Papies

Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology and School of Psychology, University of Glasgow, (UK); Dept. of Psychology, Utrecht University, (ND)

Esther K. Papies is a social cognitive psychologist studying the processes underlying the regulation of behavior and behavior change, especially in the domain of health. Her research uses mainly social cognition methods and focuses on the question of how behavior is regulated as a function of environmental cues and personal goals. Esther received her PhD in 2008 at Utrecht University, and was awarded with the Dissertation Award of the Dutch Association of Social Psychological Researchers, the Early Career Award (Jaspars Award) of the European Association for Social Psychology, and a VENI-grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. Esther worked as an Assistant and then as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Utrecht University, before joining the University of Glasgow in 2015.

Esther’s current research further develops our understanding of nonconscious processes in self-regulation. She studies how simulating earlier rewarding experiences contributes to desire, and to failures of self-regulation. She is developing tools to prevent unhealthy environmental influences on desire and behavior, such as the portion size effect. Finally, she integrates insights from contemplative science to develop mindfulness approaches for dealing with desire. Esther has published widely on all these topics, see for downloading selected publications.

Esther Papies Abstract

Scientific Round Table – Prof. Dr. Reinout W. Wiers

Reinout Wiers is Professor of Developmental Psychology & Faculty Professor of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on better understanding the (neuro-) cognitive processes involved in the aetiology of addiction and related disorders and to use this knowledge to develop new interventions. Professor Wiers has published over 200 papers and chapters on this topic (google scholar link) and together with colleagues has developed the alcohol-related approach avoidance task (AAT) as a novel measure of automatic, implicit appetitive tendencies toward alcohol (Wiers et al, 2009). Based on the AAT, Prof Wiers has developed automatic action tendency retraining as an intervention designed to decrease alcohol consumption in students (Wiers et al., 2010), and increase abstinence in alcoholic patients (Wiers et al., 2011; Eberl et al., 2013). This work has also been recently extended into web-based interventions (Wiers et al., 2015). Reinout co-edited the Handbook of Implicit Cognition and Addiction (SAGE, 2006) and is senior editor of the prime journal on substance abuse (Addiction) and serves on the editorial board of several other addiction journals. Further information on Prof Wiers’ work can be found at:

Reinout Wiers Abstract

Plenary Session 2.1 – Dr Nick Axford

Nick is a Senior Researcher and Head of What Works at the Dartington Social Research Unit. He
leads a team that focuses on identifying effective interventions to improve child well-being through a
combination of evidence reviews and evaluations (mostly randomised controlled trials).

Nick joined DSRU in 1997. He has been Co-Editor of the Journal of Children’s Services since 2006 and
is a member of the Early Intervention Foundation Evidence Panel and an Advisor to the Board of the
European Society for Prevention Research.

He holds a BA (Hons) in Geography with European Study, an MSc in European Social Policy Analysis,
and a PhD in Social Work and Probation Studies. Nick is a recipient, with Tim Hobbs, of the Kamerman
and Khan Award from the International Society of Child Indicators.

Dr Nick Axford Abstract

Plenary Session 2.2 – Prof Paul van Soomeren

Paul van Soomeren (1952) is one of the founders and CEO of the Amsterdam based research and consultant bureau DSP-groep which has a staff of about 50 academically qualified people. Paul van Soomeren works as management consultant and policy researcher for national and international governments and institutions.

He is director of the board of the International CPTED Association (crime prevention through environmental design; and the European as well as the Dutch Designing Out Crime Association. In that capacity he travels all over the world to lecture on these subjects.

Areas of expertise include urban planning and design, crime prevention, safety/security, education, social management and welfare/health issues mainly on the neighbourhood level . For several years Paul has chaired the CEN/TC325 working group which designed the first general standard on the prevention of crime and feelings of urban insecurity by urban design and planning (CEN standards in the series 14383). Paul is member of the Management Committee of the EU COST action TU 1203 on crime prevention through urban design and planning ( and he is visiting professor of the Adelphi Research Institute of the University of Salford (UK, Greater Manchester).

Paul studied Social Geography, and Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Amsterdam. He worked for the Dutch Ministries of Justice and Interior Affairs (National Crime Prevention Institute) for three years before he founded DSP-groep in 1984.

Paul van Soomeren Abstract

Plenary Session 3 – Prim Dr Polonca Truden Dobrin

Prim. Dr. Polonca Truden Dobrin is a medical doctor, specialist in epidemiology and public health at the National Institute of Public Health. She obtained her Master of Science in Epidemiology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her main areas of work:  Activities related to child public health in particular to preventive health care services, health services research, population health monitoring, methodology of health and health care statistics, development of routine data sources, analyses and reporting of health and health care data. Supervision of medical doctors on specialisation in public health and teaching responsibilities in specialisation programme in public health and paediatrics. Preparation of project proposals, collaboration in projects financed by DG Sanco, DG Research and Norwegian Financial Mechanism.

Currently she is involved in planning and coordination of health activities, projects and policies. She is leading the working group on preventive programme for children and adolescents in Slovenia including screenings and health checks and promoting settings-based approaches to health improvement. The group have conducted comprehensive health needs assessment to inform changes in preventive care and workforce development.

She is a member of the EVIPNet working group for Slovenia. She has participated in the situation analysis and is currently involved in the preparation of evidence brief for policy on primary health care development and financing.

She is a country agent for MOCHA project on comparison and appraisal of existing national models of primary care for children in European countries, bringing together multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder views, to identify and promote the most effective approaches to prevention, primary care and equity of access.

She is a member of the national coordination group for the Diabetes control strategy and action plan.
She participated in the estimation of diabetes type II cases in Slovenia using routine data system on drug prescription.

Prim. Dr. Truden Dobrin was previously the head of Centre for Population Health Research. She was involved in monitoring inequalities in health and led the group that published on inequalities. Their work led to many initiatives and projects in this important area.

Polonca Truden Dobrin Abstract


President Elect Candidates

Name Statement
Inna Feldman –
Uppsala University, SW
 Inna Feldman Dr Inna Feldman, Health Economist, Uppsala University, Sweden.
My background is M.S. in mathematics followed by PhD in economics. This expertise and my work experience came very useful in understanding the value of investment in different intervention, in particular, what interventions will result in better health and the connection between the outcome and the chosen intervention. These are some of the issues addressed by health economics modelling, which I studied out in the recent years. My scientific interest focuses on preventive and promoting intervention targeting population or population groups. My studies are devoted to theoretical and empirical health-economics research in two areas:
•    Prevention interventions targeting lifestyle choices
•  Interventions targeting mental health problems in children and adolescentsIn an attempt to promote healthy lifestyles, many countries including Sweden try to implement a range of health promotion policies. Unfortunately, these efforts have often been hindered by the limited availability of the health and economic impacts of such interventions on a population level. Economic analysis of interventions aimed at improving children’s mental health are also very limited. Health economic evaluations are needed to compare various alternatives in terms of their costs and health effects, and thus aid decision-making. Until now, the research community has largely failed to provide persuasive evidence about the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of preventative and health promoting interventions.My present challenge is to extend the evidence of cost-effectiveness of prevention and promotion interventions, to support practitioners and decision-makers on how to prioritize and facilitate the work in strategic ways. I am sure that my research will contribute to prevention science and help to fulfill the EUSPR mission statement.  If society is going to use its resources effectively, it is vital to develop effective health economic methodologies to evaluate health promotion interventions.
Laura Ferrer-Wreder –
Stockholm University, SW
 Laura Ferrer-Wreder
Laura Ferrer-Wreder Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Stockholm University’s Department of Psychology. Her research is wide ranging and involves longitudinal and intervention studies as well as scholarly review work in the areas of prevention science, positive youth development, child/adolescent problem behaviors, and culture. She has been an investigator on over 13 efficacy and effectiveness trials. She is an experienced author, including an authored book entitled: Successful prevention and youth development programs: Across borders published in 2004 by Springer. Laura has extensive editorial experience as action editor for over 100 manuscripts in her capacity as an assistant editor for the Journal of Adolescence published by Elsevier and associate editor of Child and Youth Care Forum published by Springer. She has also co-edited three journal special issues, the most recent of which appears in Research in Human Development. Laura is also been active in externally funded research projects both in the United States and Sweden, the approximate total budgets of all grants is $19.8 million American dollars. Laura has also served as a research grant reviewer for the Czech-Norwegian Research Programme and the Institut National du Cancer –INCa (France) in Research Programme on Primary Prevention (in 2014), as well as for the Research Council of Norway, Research Programme on Public Health (in 2013). She has held leadership positions in several international scholarly societies [e.g., served as a Member at Large on EUSPR’s Board of Directors (Dec. 2011-October 2014) and is presently serving on the Society for Research on Adolescence’s Consensus Committee (2012-present) and the Society for the Study of Human Development’s Steering Committee (2005-present)]. Her vision for the Society is that it will grow in innovative ways that capitalize on the strengths of European diversity (i.e., cultural, disciplinary, and policy contexts), as well as prioritizing the Society’s role in furthering the development of prevention science’s next generation of global leaders.
Jeremy Segrott
Cardiff University, UK
 Jeremy Segrott


I am a Research Fellow in Public Health in the DECIPHer Centre at Cardiff University, Wales, UK.  My main research interests are the evaluation of school- and family-based prevention interventions – particularly relating to alcohol misuse, and the study of programme implementation processes.  I have significant experience of working within interdisciplinary teams and engaging policymakers and practitioners in the research process, including in the context of randomised controlled trials of policy interventions.  A key example is my work as part of the team which conducted an RCT of the Strengthening Families Programme 10-14 in the UK.

I have a strong commitment to the field of prevention research, which is demonstrated by my research projects and outputs, and my engagement in international professional networks, including regular participation in EUSPR’s annual conferences.  I have been an active member of the USA-based SPR, including serving on its International Taskforce Advisory Group.  I was recently awarded funding by my University to develop collaborative research with colleagues at Washington State University.

If elected to the post of President I would work hard to support and lead the Society in achieving its objectives, including development of international and interdisciplinary networks, and the forging of links between research and policy/practice.  As an individual member I have valued the EUSPR conferences – both for the intellectual content, and the inclusive and welcoming environment within which they take place.  As President I would do my utmost to support the continued success of the conference in these ways.  I would actively encourage the Society’s ongoing efforts to involve postgraduate students and early career researchers in the field of Prevention Science and the work of EUSPR.  Communication -with members, and the prevention community more generally, is another area which I am interested in, especially as the EUSPR continues to grow and develop.

1st International Congress of Clinical and Health Psychology with Children and Adolescents

Discounted rate for EUSPR members (50 EUR discount).

The AITANA research team at the Miguel Hernández University is organising the 1st International Congress of Clinical and Health Psychology with Children and Adolescents, which will take place in Madrid from the 19th to the 21st of November 2015. The purpose of this congress is to consist of an updating forum and meeting point between investigators and clinical psychologists, to revise the current state of clinical psychology with children and adolescents, to encourage maximum dissemination of ongoing investigations and to lay out new study approaches.

Since 2011 the AITANA research team has organised, on a national level, the Congress of Clinical Psychology with Children and Adolescents, a meeting point between investigators and professionals within the child mental health field, for further training and to exchange knowledge.

In 2015 the first international edition is to take place, which pursues to gather the main experts in child psychopathology, evaluation and psychological treatment, applied in the fields of clinical and health psychology.

EUSPR is an collaborating institution for the congress, EUSPR members can register at a discounted rate (50 EUR discount). When registering, under the “Type of attendant” section, please select “Members of Collaborating organisations”.

Further details including the programme are available on the conference website: