SBM Annual Meeting, Washington, DC - April 27-30, 2011
SBM Annual Meeting, Washington, DC - April 27-30, 2011SBM Annual Meeting, Washington, DC - April 27-30, 2011

SIG Course Descriptions

SIG 101: Cancer SIG Course: The Science of Cancer Prevention and Control in the Health Care Debate: Key Issues for Research
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Chair: Deborah J. Bowen, PhD
Fee: Members $163/Non-Members $175/Student $125
Fee includes lunch

This day will include three panels and a break out series all focused on different aspects of health care reform and relevant research.
Presentation #1: Using eHealth Tools to Reduce Cancer Health Care Disparities
This panel will showcase speakers who will present studies on how electronic media can be used to reduce disparities, through bringing access and or information on cancer issues to disparate popula¬tions.
Presentation #2: How to Translate Scientific Findings into Policy: a Mini Workshop
Presentation #3: Evidence-Based Health Care Package for Cancer Survivors
This session will showcase speakers who will present elements of an empirically supported cancer survivor package.
Presenter #4: Funding Possibilities

SIG 201: Complementary and Integrative Medicine, and the Spirituality and Health SIGs Course: Strategies for Success in Obtaining Funding for Research in CAM and Spirituality
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chairs: Suzanne Danhauer, PhD, and Crystal Park, PhD
Fee: Members $113/Non-Members $128/Student $83
Fee includes snack break

This workshop, designed for both junior and seasoned investigators, will focus on strategies for developing suc¬cessful research funding proposals. This workshop will address issues specific to writing proposals for integrative medicine and spirituality research as well as funding priorities within the NIH. Attendees will have opportunities to learn from and interact with senior researchers in the field, including Gail Ironson, PhD, and Beverly Thorne, PhD. Insights from Program Officials from the NIH, including Isis Mikhail, MD, MPH, DrPH, (from the National Cancer Institute, Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine) and John Glowa, PhD, (from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) will round out the workshop program. The latter portion of the workshop will involve mock reviews of participants’ research proposals. In advance of the workshop, participants are encouraged to submit a 1-2 page proposal describing their integrative medicine or spirituality-related research idea, including specific aims, significance, brief summary of methods, and 1-3 specific research or grant writing questions. Please send proposals in a MS Word document format to, no later than March 20, 2011. These research summaries will be used in the mock review sessions to facilitate learning and enable the reviewers to provide feedback which will enhance the quality of future grant submissions. The format will include didactic presentation, question and answer panels, and small group discussion.

SIG 301: Integrated Primary Care SIG Course: Assessment and Management of Suicidal Patients in Primary Care Clinics
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Chairs: Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, and Chad E. Morrow, PsyD
Fee: Members $107/Non-Members $127/Student $69
Fee includes coffee break

This full-day training will focus on the development of competencies specific to the assessment and manage¬ment of suicidal patients within a primary care setting. The curriculum is consistent with the competencies and practice recommendations published by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, the American Association of Suicidology, and the American Psychiatric Association. The format of the workshop will include didactic instruc¬tion to develop a knowledge base in the science of suicidology and its direct application to primary care set¬tings and role playing for development of necessary skills and oversight. In addition, the workshop will impart the necessary skills to screen for and measure treatment outcome with high risk patients in primary care settings using both didactic instruction and role playing exercises.

SIG 401: Behavioral Informatics SIG Course: Towards Standardization and Reuse in Behavioral Informatics
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chair: Timothy Bickmore, PhD
Fee: Members $99/Non-Members $114/Student $69
Fee includes snack break

Presentation #1: Recent Progress in Behavioral Informatics
Presenter: Thomas Houston, MD, MPH, Chair SBM Behavioral Informatics SIG
Presentation #2: Motivation for Standards and Reuse in Behavioral Informatics
Presenter: Timothy Bickmore, PhD
Presentation #3: The Michigan Tailoring System (MTS)
Presenter: Ed Saunders, MS
Presentation #4: Common Tools and Techniques for Developing Expert System Interventions across Multiple Behaviors
Presenter: Wayne Velicer, PhD
Presentation #5: TailorTool
Presenter: Marci Campbell, PhD
Presentation #6: Tools and Toolkits for Voice and Animated Character-based Interventions
Presenter: Timothy Bickmore, PhD
Presentation #7: Ontologies in Behavioral Informatics
Presenter: Timothy Bickmore, PhD

SIG 501: Evidenced Based Behavioral Medicine and Health Decision Making SIGs Course: Transdisciplinary Training for Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice: Best Practices for Individuals and Communities
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Chair: Bonnie Spring, PhD, ABPP
Fee: Members $75/Non-Members $90/Student $45
First 15 attendees get a free lunch!!!

This workshop on research-to-practice translation is co-created by the NIH sponsored Evidence-Based Behav¬ioral Practice (EBBP) Council working in collaboration with the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Individual and Community Practitioner Advisory Councils (PRACs). Speakers will describe and present cases that illustrate EBBP knowledge and skills, the applicability of EBBP across individuals and communities, and commonly faced training and dissemination challenges. The EBBP PRAC supports 3 broad objectives: 1) encouraging growth of the evidence base for health interven¬tions, 2) enhancing the skills of health care providers to find, appraise, and apply evidence relevant to indi¬viduals and communities, and 3) training educators in the process of shared decision-making with individuals and communities. To open the workshop Dr. Spring will provide an overview of the EBBP process. She will describe an ap¬proach to asking practical questions, acquiring and appraising evidence, applying the evidence, analyzing outcomes, and adjusting practice as appropriate. Members of the PRAC will then discuss their experiences in creating two interactive learning modules that reflect real-world best practices in shared decision-making: one focused on clinical work with individuals, the other on collaboration with communities.

SIG 601: Multiple Health Behavior Change SIG Course: Multiple Health Behavior Change: State of the Science and Opportunities for Collaboration
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Chairs: Kerry E. Evers, PhD, and Claudio R. Nigg, PhD
Fee: Members $100/Non-Members $125/Student $75
Fee includes breakfast and lunch

This Pre-Conference Day Workshop will showcase the latest advances in research and innovations in the multiple behavior change area and provide opportunities for collaboration and networking among attendees. James Prochaska, PhD, will provide the lead-in lecture, providing an update on the field of multiple risk behav¬ior change since the last seminar in 2006, reviewing recent research, and speaking to the future of this evolv¬ing research area. The morning will continue with a series of three talks by investigators to provide updates on cutting edge research. Following a panel discussion and lunch, the afternoon will continue with breakout ses¬sions focusing on four specific areas within Multiple Risk Behavior Change. The day will conclude with a large group discussion of next steps, and a presentation by a representative from the NIH. Attendees will participate in interactive discussion groups with a focus on identifying key recommendations for research and practice in the area of multiple risk behavior change.

SIG 701: Student SIG and the Education, Training and Career Development Council Course: Applying to Psychology Internships in Behavioral Medicine
2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Chairs: Yasmin Asvat, MA
Fee: Student Only $0

Presentation #1: Preparing and Being Competitive for Internship During Graduate School
Presenter: Kevin S. Masters, PhD
Presentation #2: The Internship Application Process - Part I: APPIC and Site Selection
Presenter: Justin Nash, PhD
Presentation #3: The Internship Application Process - Part II: CVs, Essays, Cover Letters, and References
Presenter: David Indest, PsyD
Presentation #4: The Internship Interview: Strategies for Success
Presenter: Lori B. Waxenberg
Presentation #5: Decisions, Decisions: How Sites Rank Students and What Students Should Consider When Ranking Sites
Presenter: David Elkin, PhD
Presentation #6: Reflections of an Applicant and an Intern
Presenters: Travis I. Lovejoy, MS, MPH; Elizabeth K. Seng, MS

SIG 801: Cancer SIG presents: Cancer SIG: Mock Grant Review
Chair: Aimee S. James, PhD, MPH
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fee: Members $115/Non-Members $130/Student $85
Fee includes breakfast

The Mock Grant Review presented by the Cancer SIG Mentoring Committee offers researchers the opportunity to observe how study sections “work” and talk with grant reviewers about how they look at grant proposals. Applications are proposals that selected participants plan to submit to a funding agency. They are reviewed by reviewers who serve or have served on grant review panels at the NIH and/or ACS. Observers will learn about the processes involved in grant reviewer, how a reviewer might discuss an application (and what their comments really mean!), and tips on grant writing and pitfalls to avoid.