SBM 38th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions
SBM 38th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions

Society of Behavioral Medicine

38th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions

Plenary Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Robert K. Ross, MD, is president and chief executive officer of The California Endowment, a foundation that addresses the health needs of Californians. The California Endowment has championed such causes as health coverage for all children, strengthening the capacity of community health centers, improving health services for farm worker and ex-offender populations, and strengthening the pipeline for bringing racial and ethnic diversity to health professions. Dr. Ross has worked as a public health administrator and as a clinician.

Keynote scheduled for March 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT.

Robert Ross

James F. Sallis Jr., PhD, is SBM president and a distinguished professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Sallis has research expertise in physical activity measurement, etiology, and promotion. He directs Active Living Research, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program that helps create activity-friendly communities by funding studies on physical activity, built environments, and health policies.

Keynote scheduled for March 30 from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. PT.

James Sallis

Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, is dean of Drexel University’s School of Public Health. Dr. Diez Roux works at the intersection of health care and urban planning. She is internationally known for her research on health disparities, social determinants of health, and the impact of neighborhood environments on health. Dr. Diez Roux originally trained as a pediatrician and then completed masters and doctorate public health programs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Keynote scheduled for March 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT.

Ana Diez Roux

Harold Goldstein, DrPH, is founder and executive director of Public Health Advocates, a California-based nonprofit that improves health by advocating for evidence-based community and school health policies. Public Health Advocates has led successful campaigns to remove soda and junk food from schools, establish the nation’s first state menu-labeling law, and define access to safe drinking water as a basic human right. Dr. Goldstein has training in human physiology and public health.

Keynote scheduled for March 31 from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. PT.

Harold Goldstein

Col. Tracy A. Neal-Walden, PhD, is chief of psychological health for the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General’s Directorate of Healthcare and Research Operations. Dr. Neal-Walden advises the Air Force Surgeon General, senior Air Force leaders, and Congress on psychological health policy matters in support of 75 medical treatment facilities for over 640,000 beneficiaries. She has degrees in clinical psychology and has served 23 years in the Air Force.

Keynote scheduled for April 1 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. PT.

Tracy Neal-Walden

Master Lecturers

Francis J. Keefe, PhD, a recognized expert in biopsychosocial aspects of chronic pain, will talk about the current status of research on coping with pain, including novel strategies for understanding coping and enhancing coping skills. Dr. Keefe is the recipient of SBM’s 2016 Distinguished Scientist Award and a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University.

Lecture scheduled for March 30 from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. PT.

Francis Keefe

Kate Lorig, DrPH, a dedicated patient advocate, will discuss chronic condition self-management from the patient and health care professional perspectives. Dr. Lorig is the recipient of SBM’s 2016 Jessie Gruman Award for Health Engagement and the director of Stanford University's Patient Education Research Center.

Lecture scheduled for March 31 from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. PT.

Kate Lorig

Frank J. Penedo, PhD, an expert in cancer care and survivorship, will provide examples of patient-centered and technology-based precision medicine approaches used in oncology settings. Dr. Penedo directs Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center's Cancer Survivorship Institute and Northwestern University's Biopsychosocial Mechanisms and Health Outcomes Program.

Lecture scheduled for April 1 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PT.

Frank Penedo

Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, PhD, is an expert in health disparities and cultural competency training for health care professionals. Much of her work focuses in particular on Asian-American communities. Dr. Kagawa-Singer is an emeritus professor in the departments of Community Health Sciences and Asian American Studies at the University of California-Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health.

Lecture scheduled for April 1 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PT.

Marjorie Kagawa-Singer