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COVID-19 Vaccine: Overview and Clinical Consideration for Healthcare Providers

  • 17 Sep 2021
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Virtual


  • 2 CE credits will be issued.
  • No CEs will be issued under this membership category. Please use your DCPA membership to register.
  • 2 CE Credits will be issued

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Event Description:

The continuous rise in COVID-19 infection rates, despite having the biomedical technology and understanding of how to slow the spread of the virus, illustrates the urgent need to understand vaccine hesitancy and human behavior. By working directly with individuals, healthcare providers play an integral role in promoting public welfare by being able to effectively and compassionately communicate the facts, and the benefits and risks of the vaccine. Increasing vaccination rates will be key for protection from COVID-19, lessening the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 for people of color, and preventing the widening health disparities.

Three expert panelists were selected to provide an intersectional and comprehensive discussion on promoting vaccine confidence: Dr. Cristina Cassetti, the Deputy Director of the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at NIH, will discuss the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, how vaccines work and are approved for use in the US, and which types are available in the US. She will provide the latest research on vaccine efficacy and safety with new viral variants and the need for booster shots. Dr. Nisha Sachdev, DrPH, PsyD, a public health consultant, strategist and senior clinical psychologist, will discuss vaccine hesitancy from a public health perspective and address disparities and inequities surrounding access to diagnosis for and treatment of COVID-19. Dr. Jay Trambadia, Clinical Health Psychologist and behavior change specialist, will discuss evidenced-based motivational interviewing techniques, designed for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. He will review several techniques, such as exploring ambivalence, deploying discrepancies, and the decisional balance exercises that can be used to help individuals in the community better understand the vaccine, explore their hesitancy and decisions regarding the vaccine. There will be time at the end for Q&A.

Learning Objectives:

This training will help healthcare providers:

1) understand vaccine development and the latest research on vaccine efficacy and safety with new viral variants,

2) identify, understand, and address barriers to vaccine acceptance,

3) raise awareness of how vaccine hesitancy applies within the context of marginalized communities

4) provide helpful strategies and resources to improve vaccination rates for individuals and communities.

**This training meets DC Health's 2 hour continuing education requirement for COVID-19 vaccine training for all DC Healthcare Providers. It is also APA-approved to meet the Public Health requirement for licensure. (2 APA-approved continuing education credits).**

At this time, the recording of this training will not be available to earn continuing education credits or certificates for DC Health’s requirements. DCPA is waiting to be approved by the American Psychological Association for home study (providing continuing education credits for pre-recorded trainings). The video recording will be available to DCPA members for educational purposes only in the members-only section of the website

For those not needing a certificate for either of these requirements, this training will be streamed live on Facebook and Twitter and free for the public:



Presenters Information:

Dr. Christina Cassetti

Dr. Cristina Cassetti is the Deputy Director of the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID) at the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a component of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Dr. Cassetti has a Ph.D. in virology from the University of Rome, Italy. She conducted research on poxviruses replication at the NIH, influenza virus biology at Rutgers University and HPV vaccine development at the Vaccine Discovery Department at Wyeth (now Pfizer).  In 2003 she became a Program Officer at NIAID where she was responsible for the management and direction of extramural research programs on several emerging viral diseases of global health importance including influenza and dengue. In 2016, she was appointed to coordinate the Zika research response in extramural NIAID and to manage translational research in the Virology Branch. In 2017 she was appointed as Chief of the Virology Branch in DMID. In 2019 she become the Deputy Director of DMID where she shares responsibilities with the director for the overall scientific direction, administration and management of the largest extramural Division at NIAID.

Dr. Nisha Sachdev, DrPH, PsyD

Dr. Nisha Sachdev, DrPH, PsyD, is a public health consultant, strategist and senior clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience leading multi-million programs within governmental agencies, organizations and foundations to address social issues in underrepresented communities. With a focus on cross-collaboration with public and private partners, Nisha develops the capacity of organizations and agencies to design and implement high-impact, system-level policies and interventions locally, nationally and globally to reduce the social and health disparities experienced by children, youth and families. Nisha’s work includes serving as the Senior Director of Evaluation at the Bainum Family Foundation. In this role, Nisha built the foundation’s evaluation infrastructure to assess the foundation’s impact on early learning, school mental health, and food security initiatives. She also developed, launched, and staffed a $5 million School Mental Health initiative in partnership with district, national and federal agencies and schools that leveraged local and federal dollars to scaled research, practice and policy efforts expanding access to quality school mental health services and supports. Previously, her work included building and overseeing the evaluation for Washington, DC citywide and organizational initiatives. She was also instrumental in assisting the organization and the city in collecting indicators and making data-driven strategic decisions to increase the outcomes for children, youth, and families in the District using a collective impact approach.

Nisha’s systems level work is complemented with her local non-profit experiences. Nisha served as Executive Director at Coaching for College and Founder of Breaking the Cycle, where she was responsible for creating and implementing annual strategic plans, managing program operations, and developing program evaluation systems to ensure quality and effective programming was being provided to youth from some of the most vulnerable areas in the city. Globally, Nisha has consulted with UNICEF and the Ministry of Health of Trinidad and Tobago where she was responsible for developing an adolescent health policy and evaluating a regional program promoting anti-violence. Nisha also specializes in working directly with youth in a variety of settings including foster care, court systems, schools, social service organizations, and community-based organizations. She began her career working as a special education teacher. Nisha continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University and Trinity University.

Nisha earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Health in Global Health Promotion, a Master of Psychology, and a Doctorate of Public Health in Health Behavior, and a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the George Washington University. 

Connect with Dr. Sachdev, DrPH, PsyD at:

Your Health Concierge (YHC)

Instagram: @yhc.wellness

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Dr. Jay Trambadia

Dr. Jay Trambadia is a Clinical Health Psychologist practicing at the Center for Best Health and Psychological Services at Wellstar Health Systems in Atlanta, Georgia. He specializes in facilitating lifestyle changes, including diet, exercise, sleep, pain, substance use, tobacco cessation, and other biopsychosocial concerns. His expertise include biopsychosocial evaluations, consultation, teaching, and program development. He also serves on the COVID-19 Wellness Initiative for Wellstar's medical system. Due to his time in large healthcare systems, Dr. Trambadia provided patient care, such as crisis intervention and motivation to change, and organizational interventions, such as team building, motivational techniques, and performance strategies.  

Dr. Trambadia completed his Bachelor in Science from The University of Georgia.  He completed his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University, APA-accredited doctoral program.  Dr. Trambadia completed a fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, where he focused on pain management, including palliative care and biofeedback, and provided teaching, consultation and supervision in Clinical Health Psychology. More recently,  Dr. Trambadia spent time practicing in a large hospital cancer center. He provided care for patients who are dealing with adjustment concerns, depression, and anxiety throughout their cancer journey.  He used a biopsychosocial framework to help patients and providers in oncology, pain management, surgery, and radiation

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Dr. Victoria Sylos-Labini

Dr. Sylos-Labini is the current President of the District of Columbia Psychological Association (DCPA).  She has also served as the past Vice President of Membership, the Chair of the Early Career Psychologist (ECP) committee for four years, and participated in the Diversity Social Justice and Inclusion and Professional Development committees for six years. Through each of her roles on the DCPA Board, Dr. Sylos-Labini has taken an active leadership role in advancing the field of psychology and in outreach and advocacy initiatives. These leadership efforts were recognized by the American Psychological Association’s Division 31 by awarding DCPA with the Early Career Psychologist Initiative Award in both 2018 and 2021.

Dr. Sylos-Labini is a clinical psychologist working in private practice and is licensed in both Virginia and Washington D.C. At Dr. Sylos-Labini PLLC, she specializes in mood disorders, identity and self-esteem development, and building resilience with adult patients. Her research background is in multicultural and acculturation issues, and her bicultural background allows her to treat Italian-speaking clients. Dr. Sylos-Labini received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University.


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