Leadership Institute

The 2017 Annual Meeting welcomed the second cohort of SBM's year-long Leadership Institute for mid-career members.

SBM Past-President Marian L. Fitzgibbon, PhD, began developing the institute in 2016 after identifying leadership training as a high-need area among mid-career individuals, despite the fact that they often find themselves at pivotal career junctures where leadership skills or career coaching would prove helpful.

Past institute participants, like Randal K. Wada, MD, of the 2016 program, speak very highly of the program.

“Now that I’ve completed SBM Leadership Institute sessions, I have an even greater appreciation for the value of leadership," Dr. Wada said. "At this stage in my convoluted career trajectory, learning about leadership is more important to me than learning about science. Thanks to the institute, I can say that I will be better at leadership tomorrow than I am today.”

The 36 2017 Leadership Institute fellows met during an intensive two-day workshop which included sessions on:

  • Understanding Yourself as an Emerging Leader
  • Leadership Influencing: Art, Tactics, and Strategy
  • Thriving Amidst Chaos
  • Welcoming Diversity and Fostering Inclusivity
  • Perfect Pitch: It’s More than Just an Elevator Speech

Following the in-person session, fellows will participate throughout the year in individual coaching sessions, develop a self-selected leadership project under the mentorship of recognized SBM leaders, and join periodic calls with a “learning community” of five to seven fellows with similar professional interests.

Leadership Institute participants met for a two-day training workshop on March 28-29 during SBM’s 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.


Congratulations to the 2017-18 Leadership Institute fellows:

Lorien Abroms, ScD
Olivia Affuso, PhD
Fabio A. Almeida, PhD
Elva M. Arredondo, PhD
Amanda S. Birnbaum, PhD,MPH
Lisa A. Cadmus-Bertram, Ph.D.
Patricia Chalela, DrPH, MPH
Catherine L. Davis, PhD
Kirsten K. Davison, PhD
Chandra L. Ford, PhD, MPH, MLIS
Carolyn J. Heckman, PhD
Eric B. Hekler, PhD
Aimee James, PhD MPH
Sarah S. Jaser, PhD
Patricia A. Kinser, PhD, WHNP-BC, RN
Robin C. Anthony Kouyate, PhD
Robin M. Lally, PhD
Beth A. Lewis, PhD

Qian Lu, PhD, MD
Lorna Haughton McNeill, MPH, PhD
Robert L. Newton, Jr., PhD
David B. Portnoy, PhD, MPH
Lisa M. Quintiliani, PhD RD
Chad D. Rethorst, PhD
Lila J. Rutten, PhD, MPH
John M. Salsman, PhD
Carmen D. Samuel-Hodge, PhD,MS,RD
Tanya M. Spruill, PhD
Melissa K. Thomas, PhD, MSPH, MSA
Katarzyna Wac, PhD
Karriem S. Watson, DHSc
Sandra J. Winter, PhD, MHA
Jean C. Yi, PhD
Nataliya Zelikovsky, PhD
Jamie Zoellner, PhD, RD

And a special thank you to the SBM leaders who served as institute mentors, discussion panelists, and steering committee members:

Alan M. Delamater, PhD
Michael A. Diefenbach, PhD
Marian L. Fitzgibbon, PhD
Sara J. Knight, PhD
Rebecca E. Lee, PhD
Sherri Sheinfeld Gorin, PhD
Dawn K. Wilson, PhD
Amy L. Yaroch, PhD


Monica L. Baskin, PhD
Gary G. Bennett, PhD
Edwin B. Fisher, PhD
Laura L. Hayman, MSN, PhD, FAAN
Peter G. Kaufmann, PhD
Lisa M. Klesges, PhD
Kevin S. Masters, PhD
Judith K. Ockene, PhD, MEd, MA
William T. Riley, PhD
James F. Sallis, Jr., PhD
Amy L. Yaroch, PhD

Steering Committee
Monica L. Baskin, PhD
Elliot J. Coups, PhD
Marian L. Fitzgibbon, PhD
Laura L. Hayman, RN, PhD, FAAN
Judith K. Ockene, PhD, MEd
Amy L. Yaroch, PhD


Support a 2018 Fellow

Sponsoring an SBM Leadership Institute Fellow ensures the next generation of leaders in behavioral medicine have both the tools and the confidence to guide our field into the future. The vast majority of our fellows personally fund the tuition for the Leadership Institute. If you’re interested in supporting a fellow at the 2018 Leadership Institute, please contact SBM Executive Director Mary Dean.

Applications for the 2018 cohort will open in late fall 2017.