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November 28: Applications Due for SBM Achievement Awards

The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) invites your applications for 2018 Achievement Awards. All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 28, 2017. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this important opportunity by submitting applications for yourself, friends, colleagues, students, or mentors. Recipients will be presented with their awards at the 2018 SBM Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions being held April 11-14 in New Orleans.

November 28: Fellow Applications Due

The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) is currently soliciting applications for new fellows. SBM fellows perpetuate the organization’s prestige, dedication, and tradition. Fellows demonstrate the society’s commitment to advancing the science and practice of behavioral medicine, and they serve as role models for other members. The deadline for new fellow applications is November 28, 2017. New fellows will be honored during SBM's 39th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions being held April 11-14, 2018, in New Orleans.

December 7: Implications of NIH Clinical Trials Policies for Behavioral Research Webinar

William Riley, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), will discuss the breadth of the NIH definition of a clinical trial: essentially all experimental studies of humans are included. The webinar will describe in detail what is required of researchers who submit grants that meet this definition of a clinical trial. The efforts of OBSSR to ensure these policies accommodate behavioral and social science researchers also will be discussed. SBM Past-President Dawn Wilson, PhD, will moderate.

December 19: Office Hours with SBM President Gary Bennett

You ask the questions. Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) President Gary Bennett answers them. Ask him anything during “Office Hours with Gary Bennett,” a live conversation taking place December 19 at 3 p.m. ET. This is your chance to ask Dr. Bennett directly about his vision for SBM, the future of the behavioral medicine field, and much more.

December 21: Developing and Adapting Behavioral Interventions for Social Media Delivery Webinar

This webinar will provide practical guidance on how to develop and/or adapt behavioral intervention content to deliver in private online groups using commercial social media platforms like Facebook. Commercial social media platforms provide a free, confidential means to deliver behavioral programming to groups. Studies have used this model for weight management, smoking cessation, physical activity promotion, and parenting, among other topics. Presenter and SBM President-Elect Sherry Pagoto, PhD, a professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut, and moderator Danielle Arigo, PhD, will discuss user-centered design approaches to developing intervention content that can be distributed via social media posts, engagement strategies, social media marketing principles, and logistical issues (e.g., creating the group, scheduling posts, moderation, tracking engagement). They will discuss lessons learned from relevant studies using Facebook and Twitter, and will make recommendations for research steps from developmental, pilot, and randomized trial phases. Attendees will learn hands-on skills and have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss challenges.

January 18: Introduction to Optimization of Behavioral and Biobehavioral Interventions Webinar

Behavioral and biobehavioral interventions are typically developed and evaluated using the classical treatment package approach, in which an intervention is assembled a priori and evaluated by means of a two-group randomized controlled trial (RCT). Linda Collins, PhD, will describe an alternative framework called the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST). MOST, a principled approach inspired by ideas from engineering, includes the RCT for intervention evaluation, but also includes other steps before the RCT aimed at intervention optimization. Dr. Collins, director of the Methodology Center at Pennsylvania State University, will review how behavioral and biobehavioral interventions can be optimized using criteria chosen by the intervention scientist. The goal may be to develop a cost-effective intervention, an intervention that achieves a specified level of effectiveness, the briefest intervention that achieves a minimum level of effectiveness, or any other reasonable goal. This webinar is presented by SBM's Optimization of Behavioral and Biobehavioral Interventions Special Interest Group. The group's chair, Thelma Mielenz, PhD, will moderate.