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Presentation Formats

SBM's 39th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions features a variety of presentation formats including poster, paper, panel discussion, seminar, and symposium.

Posters allow presenters to discuss their research with interested colleagues for 60 minutes 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 award winners. Only one abstract needs to be submitted per proposed poster presentation.

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.

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 to paper presentations.

Papers clustered around common themes will be presented for 15 minutes each (10 minutes for presentation, 3 for discussion, and 3 for introduction and speaker turnover) and are scheduled for Thursday or Friday. Paper submissions judged by the Program Committee to be especially original and significant will be highlighted as meritorious and/or citation award winners. Only one abstract needs to be submitted per proposed paper presentation.

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.

Panel discussions are hour-long sessions (e.g., debates, discussions about educational topics, career development, funding opportunities) scheduled for Thursday or Friday, designed to allow for discussion among presenters as well as 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. Only one abstract needs to be submitted per proposed panel.

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. Only one abstract needs to be submitted per proposed seminar.

Symposia examine important issues from a variety of perspectives. These sessions are scheduled for Thursday or Friday and last 75 minutes. 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 meeting topic areas 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.

Several abstracts need to be submitted for a symposium proposal. First, the symposium chair should submit a symposium abstract (a summary of the topics/scheduled presentations). Then, using the "Individual Presentation and Details" step, the chair can either complete the symposium presentation abstracts (the summary of the specific solution, interpretation, point of view, etc.) for each presenter OR they can click the blue dialogue icon to email each presenter a request to complete the task. The discussant is not required to complete an abstract but should be listed in the author/presenter section of the symposium abstract.

Program Topic Areas

Corresponding authors are asked to select one primary topic area and one secondary topic area from the list below that best describes their abstract submission. Primary topic areas will be used to categorize each abstract for review as well as to indicate placement in the poster hall on site at the Annual Meeting and in the program. Secondary topic areas will be used to further classify each abstract during the abstract review process. Read full descriptions of each topic area.

  • Behavior Change
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Child and Family Health
  • Complementary and Integrative Medicine
  • Decision Making
  • Diabetes
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Digital Health
  • Dissemination and Implementation
  • Education, Training, and Career Development
  • Health Communication
  • Health Policy and Advocacy
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Integrated Primary Care
  • Medication Adherence
  • Mental Health
  • Methods and Measurements
  • Obesity
  • Occupational Health
  • Pain
  • Physical Activity
  • Quality of Life
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Culture
  • Sexual Behaviors
  • Sleep
  • Smoking/Tobacco
  • Social and Environmental Context and Health
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
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