Call for Abstracts for the 36th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine

The Call for Abstracts has now closed.

The 2015 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions represents the 36th meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM). The meeting theme is “Advancing the National Prevention Strategy through Behavioral Medicine Innovation.” The 2015 Program Committee, on behalf of SBM, welcomes your abstract submission for review.

If you've submitted abstracts to SBM before, you might notice: We're using a new system. It does add a new step, a critical one that keeps SBM compliant with continuing education requirements. This year the abstract submitter needs to ask all co-authors to complete and submit financial disclosures. But we've made it as easy as possible--the submission site lets the abstract submitter email co-authors so they can complete this crucial step.

To submit an abstract, please follow this link.

Below you will find:

Submission Deadlines

Abstract Submission

Opens:
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
5:00 a.m. PT/6:00 a.m. MT/7:00 a.m. CT/8:00 a.m. ET

Closes:
Deadline Extended: Monday, September 15, 2014
8:59 p.m. PT/9:59 p.m. MT/10:59 p.m. CT/11:59 p.m. ET

Notification:
Monday, November 24, 2014
8:59 p.m. PT/9:59 p.m. MT/10:59 p.m. CT/11:59 p.m. ET

Rapid Communication Poster Submission

Opens:
Thursday, November 13, 2014
5:00 a.m. PT/6:00 a.m. MT/7:00 a.m. CT/8:00 a.m. ET

Closes:
Thursday, January 8, 2015
8:59 p.m. PT/9:59 p.m. MT/10:59 p.m. CT/11:59 p.m. ET

Notification:
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
8:59 p.m. PT/9:59 p.m. MT/10:59 p.m. CT/11:59 p.m. ET

Helpful Information

Only abstracts submitted via the official SBM abstract submission site will be considered.

All abstracts submitted via the official site will be forwarded to SBM’s contracted vendor, CadmiumCD. Upon receipt of your submission, CadmiumCD will issue you an email confirmation. Authors can expect to receive the email confirmation of their submission within 48 hours. If you do not receive a confirmation email from the abstract system within 48 hours of submitting your abstract, contact etrimmer@sbm.org.

All abstract submissions will be peer reviewed and may be submitted as an oral presentation (papers, symposia, panel discussions, or seminars) or a poster presentation. All accepted abstracts, excluding rapid communication poster submissions, will be published in the Annual Meeting Supplement issue of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, an official journal of SBM. The supplement will serve as the official abstract publication for SBM's 36th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions.

Learning Objectives

As part of the submission process and to stay compliant with continuing education accreditation requirements, all submitters will be asked to complete at least two learning objectives for each abstract. Learning objectives describe what the attendees will be able to do after attending your presentation; objectives are observable and measurable. For more information on how to write a learning objective, please follow this link.

Important Participation Guidelines – Please Review

  • Character Limit: There is a limit of 2,000 characters for the body of your abstract submission (does not include spaces) and 100 characters for the title (does include spaces).
  • Paper/Poster Submissions: Authors may submit abstracts as “poster only," “paper only,” or “paper or poster.” Authors are encouraged to submit using the “paper or poster” option since all papers submitted under this option that are not selected for paper presentations will alternatively be considered for poster presentations.
  • Complete and Original Results: Each abstract should represent complete and original results. Submitting multiple abstracts in which the same data have been analyzed in different ways, or in which a study is subdivided into small sub-studies, is prohibited and will result in those abstracts being rejected. In addition, this action may result in the individual abstract authors being prohibited from submitting abstracts for future SBM Annual Meetings.
  • Empirical/Non-Empirical Research: Paper and poster abstracts submitted for presentation must be based on empirical research and report actual (not promised) results along with relevant statistics and significance values.
    In contrast, abstracts for informational sessions such as seminars, panel discussions and symposia might include empirical and/or non-empirical contributions.
  • Prior Publication Policy: Papers that have been published or presented elsewhere prior to the time of presentation at the 36th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions may not be submitted for consideration by SBM.
  • Abstract Presentation Limit: Authors are limited to participation as “presenter” in a maximum of three abstract submissions.
  • Pre-registration: Presenters of accepted abstracts should pre-register for the Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions by the early-bird deadline of Tuesday, March 24, 2015.
  • Presenter Registration: Each presenting author is responsible for his/her registration fee(s) as well as travel and housing costs. Presenters who are unable to attend the Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions should arrange for another individual to present the paper/poster in question. If changes to the listing of your presenting author are necessary, please notify the SBM national office (414) 918-3156 or info@sbm.org.
  • Withdrawn Abstracts: Abstract presenters who withdraw a presentation after acceptance may be denied the right to submit an abstract for the 2016 SBM Annual Meeting. The only exceptions to this policy are: 1) absence due to weather related issues that hinder a presenter’s travel to the meeting, 2) absence due to work related emergency, or 3) absence related to personal injury or family health emergency. Please note: Miscalculation of travel costs by the presenter does not qualify as an acceptable reason to withdraw one’s abstract. In the event this occurs, no refunds will be given.
  • Abstract/Presentation Language: All abstract submissions must be in English. All presentations based on accepted abstract submissions must be made in English.
  • Thematic Submissions Encouraged: Submissions are especially encouraged that reflect the theme for the 36th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions: “Advancing the National Prevention Strategy through Behavioral Medicine Innovation.” The theme includes, but is not limited to, tobacco-free living; preventing drug abuse and excessive alcohol use; healthy eating; active living; reproductive and sexual health; and mental emotional well-being.

Presentation Formats

SBM's 36th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions will feature presentation formats comprising panel discussions, papers, posters, rapid communication posters, seminars and symposia. Descriptions of each format follow below.

Panel discussions 
Roles: Chair (required); Co-Presenter (required); Co-Author (optional)
Minimum Participants: 2 (including chair)  

Panel discussions are hour-long sessions (e.g., debates, discussions about educational topics, career development, funding opportunities) scheduled for Thursday or Friday of the meeting, designed to allow for discussion among presenters as well as to provide a forum for interaction with session attendees. Panel discussions are expected to have two or more speakers, depending on the structure of the session.

Papers 
Roles: Presenter (required); Co-Author(s) (optional)
Minimum Participants: 1

Papers clustered around common themes will be presented for 18 minutes each (12 minutes for presentation, 3 minutes for discussion, and 3 minutes for introduction and speaker turnover) and are scheduled for Thursday, Friday or Saturday of the meeting. Paper submissions judged by the Program Committee to be especially original and significant will be highlighted as Meritorious and/or Citation Papers.

Posters 
Roles: Presenter (required); Co-Author(s) (optional)
Minimum Participants: 1

Posters allow presenters to discuss their research with interested colleagues in an informal setting. Poster sessions are held on the evenings of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and on the morning of Saturday. Poster submissions judged by the Program Committee to be especially original and significant will be highlighted as Meritorious and/or Citation Posters.

Rapid communication posters offer the opportunity for presentation of late-breaking findings in the field of behavioral medicine. Rapid communication posters are scheduled during the poster sessions on the evenings of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and on the morning of Saturday. Only one abstract needs to be submitted per proposed poster presentation.

Please note: Posters are a very important and essential part of the SBM Annual Meeting. They are a great way for researchers to discuss their work with colleagues. SBM views poster presentations as equally important as paper presentations.

Seminars 
Roles: Chair (required); Co-Presenter (optional); Co-Author (optional)
Minimum Participants: 1

Seminars are either half day (2 hour and 45 minute) or full day (6 hour) sessions held on Wednesday. They feature presentations that emphasize the theory and application of practical skills.

Symposia 
Roles: Chair (required); Co-Presenter (required); Discussant (optional); Co-Author (optional)
Minimum Participants: 2
Number of abstracts required: 1 summary symposia abstract, and 1 abstract for each presenter

Symposia are 75 minute sessions that examine important issues from a variety of perspectives. These sessions are scheduled for Thursday or Friday of the meeting. During these sessions, alternative solutions, interpretations and points of view on a body of knowledge within the field are presented and debated. Symposia that include presenters from different disciplines and include cross-cutting themes relevant to behavioral medicine as well as the program tracks are strongly encouraged. A symposium typically includes one chair, three presenters and one discussant. The chair can serve as one of the three presenters and/or discussant.

Program Tracks

Submitting authors are asked to select one track from the list below that best describes their abstract submission. To read full descriptions of each track, please follow this link:

  • Adherence
  • Behavioral Medicine in Clinical and Medical Settings
  • Biological Mechanisms in Health and Behavior Change
  • Complementary and Integrative Medicine
  • Environmental and Contextual Factors in Health and Behavior Change
  • Health Communication and Technology
  • Health Decision Making
  • Health Promotion
  • Measurement and Methods
  • Population Health, Policy and Advocacy
  • Psychological and Person Factors in Health and Behavior Change
  • Quality of Life
  • Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Health
  • Spirituality
  • Translation of Research to Practice