An Invitation from the Outlook Editor
We hope that SBM feels to you a welcome home where you can connect with colleagues, learn about opportunities you wish to be a part of, and to access resources offered to support your professional activities.
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Behavioral Medicine is Under Attack! SBM Responds
Maybe you've heard them, the none-too-subtle threats to social and behavioral science. Congressional representatives and even a few scientists are making them. Read more »
This continues to be an exciting time for the field of behavioral medicine, given the increasing national attention on public health issues that highlight the need for behavioral and social science approaches for preventing and treating chronic diseases. I highlight some of the key areas in which the leadership of the Society of Behavioral Medicine is working hard to continue to protect and grow the future of our field.
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Support Student-member Attendance at SBM 2014
Two years ago SBM student member and Chair of the Student Special Interest Group Julie Cessna submitted her poster abstract - with mixed feelings. "I really valued the chance to present my work and learn more about the field of behavioral medicine," she recalls, "but I worried about coming up with the money to cover all the meeting costs." Read more »
Now Accepting 2014 Membership Renewals
With record breaking membership numbers and record breaking Annual Meeting attendance, 2013 has been an outstanding year for the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Read more »
2014 Society of Behavioral Medicine Achievement Awards: Applications Open
The Society of Behavioral Medicine is now accepting applications for its 2014 Achievement Awards. For detailed information about the awards and/or how to apply, please visit the Call for Awards page on the SBM website.
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Awards Committee Overview
Each year at its Annual Meeting, the Society of Behavioral Medicine acknowledges the contributions of scientists, clinicians, and training programs with formal awards. Why are the awards given? Read more »
Update on Education, Career Development, and Training Activities at SBM
The Education, Training and Career Development (ETCD) Council has been active on a number of fronts to meet the professional development needs of SBM members at all stages of their careers. Below are some details regarding the programs offered to SBM members throughout the year, and a preview of sessions planned for the 2014 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia!
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Ethnic, Minority & Multicultural Health SIG Update
As of the writing of this article, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, stands as federal law. Yet, there is continuing opposition to its implementation in many segments of government and the general populace. Read more »
Health Decision Making SIG General News and Hot Topics
We are looking forward to the 35th annual SBM meeting, April 23-26th, in Philadelphia, and have several SIG sponsored events planned. First, our Health Decision Making SIG breakfast meeting will be held Thursday April 24th from 7:30 am to 8:30 am.
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Multi-Morbidities SBM Special Interest Group Update
There has been a tendency in behavioral medicine to focus on one physical condition at a time. This is not surprising: randomized clinical trials testing a treatment for a particular condition usually excludes patients who also have other conditions. Studying one disease at a time limits confounding and is usually more manageable for researchers. Read more »
Are You A Multiple Health Behavior Change Researcher? The Answer Might Just Be Yes . . .
The Multiple Health Behavior Change Special Interest Group (MHBC SIG) recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary. Now that the MHBC SIG is officially over a decade old, it is worth re-examining some of the reasons why we exist, how your work might well fit the definition of multiple health behavior change research, and the unique advantages proffered by MHBC SIG membership. Read more »
TTBCI SIG: The Behavioral Ontology Working Group
The SBM Theories and Techniques of Behavior Change Interventions SIG and the SBM Technology SIG (note, formerly known as the Behavioral Informatics SIG) are co-sponsoring the development of a behavioral ontology to help support better defined behavioral theories and constructs. There is increasing recognition that there are problems with the definitions and specifications used in our current behavioral theories. Read more »
Pain SIG Update
The Pain Special Interest Group's mission is to advance the understanding of pain and its treatment according to a biopsychosocial framework. Read more »
Newest Articles from Annals of Behavioral Medicine and Translational Behavioral Medicine
SBM's two journals, Annals of Behavioral Medicine and Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research (TBM), continuously publish articles online, many of which become available before issues are printed. Read more »
Honors & Awards
This article showcases some of SBM members' recent honors and awards. If you would like to have your honor or award featured in the next issue, please forward the details of your achievement to William J. Sieber, PhD, Outlook Editor. Read more »