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Adaptation, Fidelity, and Tailoring Workgroup (AFT)


The Adaptation, Fidelity, and Tailoring Workgroup began in January 2016 as part of the VA Implementation Research Group. We currently have over 200 national and international members from different disciplines.


This workgroup is co-led by Borsika Rabin and Russell Glasgow and meets monthly to discuss topics related to adaptation, fidelity, and tailoring with attention to clinical application. These discussions include 1) how to define interventions and implementation strategies as well as 2) how to describe and document adaptations.

 We welcome all who are interested and invite those interested to become a member!

About Us

Meet the Team


Borsika Rabin, Ph.D., M.P.H., Pharm.D. 

Associate Professor, UC San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science

Co-Director, UC San Diego ACTRI Dissemination and Implementation Science Center (DISC)

Co-Leader, Adaptation, Fidelity, & Tailoring Workgroup


Russell Glasgow, PhD

Research Professor, Department of Family Medicine University of Colorado

Director, ACCORDS Dissemination and Implementation Science (D&I) Program

Co-Leader, Adaptation, Fidelity, & Tailoring Workgroup



Kera Swanson, MPH

UC San Diego ACTRI DISC Manger

Administrative Manager of Adaptation, Fidelity, & Tailoring Workgroup


Upcoming Events

March AFT Meeting

  • March 11th, 2024
  • Presenters: Drs. Ana Baumann, Shannon Wiltsey-Stirman, and JD Smith
  • Topic: Methods and Guidance for Using the Frame to Document and Investigate Equity-Centered Adaptation
April AFT Meeting
  • April 8th, 2024
  • Presenter: Dr. Dave Buller
  • Topic: Adaptation of an evidence-based occupational sun safety program for underserved outdoor workers in southwest Georgia

Recordings of Past Events






February 12th, 2024 Prajakta Adsul, PhD

It takes two (fidelity and adaptation) to tango: Shimmying our way to Sustainability




January 8th, 2024 Aaron Kruse-Diehr, PhD

Using the practical, robust implementation and sustainability model (PRISM) to identify implementation determinants of a statewide diabetes learning collaborative in Kentucky




December 18th, 2023 Russ Glasgow, PhD

Discussion of 16th annual D&I Conference



November 13th, 2023 Elvin Geng, MD, MPH

On-the-Go Adaptation of Implementation Approaches and Strategies in Health: Emerging Perspectives and Research Opportunities


October 16th, 2023 Salva Balbale, PhD

A mixed-method approach to generate and deliver rapid-cycle evaluation feedback: lessons learned from a multicenter implementation trial in pediatric surgery



September 11, 2023  Felipe Castro, PhD MSW

Cultural Adaptations and Cultural Factors in EBI Implementation with Latinx Communities



June 12, 2023 Thomas Engell, PhD   Common Elements Approaches to Implementation Research and Practice: Methods and Integration with Intervention Science




May 8, 2023 Roman Ayele, PhD, MPH; Cathy Battaglia, PhD, MSHA, RN; Marina McCreight, MPH; and Borsika Rabin, PhD, MPH, PharmD


Public Health's Special Research Topic “Understanding, Assessing, and Guiding Adaptations in Public Health and Health Systems Interventions: Current and Future Directions”

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April 10, 2023


Kelly Aschbrenner, PhD (Presenter) & Stephen Bartels, MD, MS (Discussant)


Applying user centered design to improve the usability of a stakeholder engaged, data-driven and equity-centered adaptation process

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March 13, 2023


Juliane Mielke, PhD


Methodological approaches to study context in intervention implementation studies: An evidence gap map

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February 13, 2023


Presentation 1:

Dr. Elizabeth Weybright

Dr. Brittany Cooper


Presentation 2:

Dr. Jacob Szeszulski




Presentation 1: Planning and testing program adaptations in community settings: A case study of the Strengthening Families Program 10-14 cannabis adaptation process

Presentation 2: Using Evidence-Based Intervention (EBI) mapping to adapt a nutrition, physical activity, and Civic Engagement Youth Curricula

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January 9, 2023


Dr. Borsika Rabin & Dr. Russell Glasgow


Discussion of 15th Annual D&I Conference Click here to access the recording!

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