Rinad Beidas, PhD is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Medical Ethics and Health Policy; and Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Founder and Director of the Penn Implementation Science Center at the Leonard Davis Institute (PISCE@LDI). Major scientific discoveries have produced scores of evidence-based practices (EBPs) to improve health and mental health. Unfortunately, many of these EBPs never make their way into routine health care delivery. Implementation science is the study of methods to promote the systematic uptake of EBPs into routine care with the broad goal of ensuring that scientific discoveries realize their potential and improve people’s lives.
Her research program is designed to improve the quality of health and mental health services through implementation science. To conduct this work, Beidas collaborates closely with key stakeholders, including patients, clinicians, health system leaders, payers, and policymakers, to develop natural laboratories in which to answer questions of interest. These labs span diverse health care settings, including community mental health clinics in Philadelphia, the network of Penn Medicine clinics and hospitals serving individuals with cancer, health centers providing HIV care, and the Mental Health Research Network, a national practice-based research network of 14 healthcare systems. Broadly, her work entails three primary foci that draw upon the methods of implementation science: (a) understanding the context in which individuals will implement EBPs; (b) developing implementation approaches that target the factors that may accelerate or hinder implementation; and (c) conducting pragmatic trials to test these implementation approaches. She has been identified as a leading implementation scientist and has published over 150 articles in this area. She serves as MPI on 2 NIH Centers on behavioral economics and implementation science, and mental health (P50 MH 113840, P50 CA 244690) and has a strong record of NIH-funded implementation research serving as MPI or PI of nine NIH grants totaling approximately 23 million dollars. She is deeply committed to training the next generation of implementation scientists and mentors graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty through a variety of mechanisms including a T32 at the intersection of implementation science and mental health.
Dr. Beidas holds a BA in Psychology from Colgate University and a doctorate of philosophy in psychology from Temple University. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies President’s New Researcher Award in 2015; the American Psychological Foundation Diane J. Willis Early Career Award; and the Perelman School of Medicine Marjorie Bowman New Investigator Research Award in 2017.