TTBCI SIG Presents: Do Standard Assessments of Self-Efficacy Tap Perceived Capability or Motivation?

Abstract: Consistent with self-efficacy theory, self-efficacy questionnaires ask respondents to indicate the extent to which they “can” perform the target behavior.  However, for behaviors that are under our volitional control—such as most health-related behaviors—the question of what people “can” do may serve as an indicator of broad motivation as well as perceived capability.  The objective of this presentation is to demonstrate through data from observational, qualitative, and intervention studies that, contrary to self-efficacy theory, self-efficacy ratings are influenced by multiple motivational factors, such as expected outcomes of health behavior, whether one likes or dislikes performing the behavior, and the social implications of the behavior. The implications of these findings are that as a broad indicator of motivation, ratings of self-efficacy do an excellent job of predicting the target behavior, but a poor job of helping us understand and intervene upon the myriad underlying factors that determine each person’s motivation.  The webinar discusses potential ways to assess perceived capability independent of motivation.

To view a recording of this webinar click here.  This recording is free of charge to members and available for purchase by non-members.

Webinar to Address Six New Funding Opportunities in Behavioral Research

On Friday, August 12 the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), hosted a free webinar to provide information about new priorities in behavioral research from NCI in areas such as cognition, integrated data analysis, and cancer communication in new media.

Associate Director of the NCI Behavioral Research Program William Klein, PhD, provided an overview of these exciting new priorities:

  • Leveraging Cognitive Neuroscience Research to Improve Assessment of Cancer Treatment Related Cognitive Impairment (PAR-16-212 [R01] and PAR-16-213 [R21])
  • Predicting Behavioral Responses to Population-Level Cancer Control Strategies (PAR-16-257 [R21])
  • Improving Smoking Cessation in Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Populations via Scalable Interventions (PAR-16-201 [R21] and PAR-16-202 [R01])
  • Innovative Approaches to Studying Cancer Communication in the New Media Environment (PAR-16-248 [R21] and PAR-16-249 [R01])
  • Cancer-related Behavioral Research through Integrating Existing Data (PAR-16-255 [R21] and PAR-16-256 [R01])
  • Stimulating Innovations in Behavioral Intervention Research for Cancer Prevention and Control (PAR-16-278 [R21])

Further information about the webinar, along with future NCI webinars, can be found on the NCI Resources for new Funding Announcements webpage.


Anticipating Your Healthcare Future: How Might You and SBM Fit In?

The SBM Board of Directors invites you to join Eric Meade, with the Institute for Alternative Futures, as he presents pictures of the healthcare landscape as it might look in the year 2032. 

The SBM Board is launching a strategic planning process that will help lead the society and its members toward a promising and exciting future. The webinar is the first step in the process and President Dawn K. Wilson, PhD, encourages you to take part! By envisioning future scenarios and the stories they tell, researchers and other healthcare leaders can, as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President Risa Lavizzo-Mourey wrote, “reset society’s trajectory toward a shared future of better healing, hope and good health for all Americans.”

The Board will send all SBM members a brief survey soliciting ideas, perspectives and feedback absolutely necessary for creating the kind of plan that tackles problems with smart solutions, creates new opportunities, and ensures an environment in which members and the field of behavioral medicine thrive. Eric’s peek into imagined futures will help you apply a futures perspective to your own work and that of SBM.


The Supreme Court’s Decision on the Affordable Care Act: Implications for Health Care and Public Health

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The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services held a webinar to summarize the Affordable Care Act. The webinar is available on the George Washington University’s website here.


NIH Videos on the Peer Review Process

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The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) has produced a series of videos to give the public an inside look at how scientists from across the country review NIH grant applications for scientific and technical merit. CSR notes that new and established applicants will find insights and understanding that can empower them to improve the applications and increase their chances for receiving a more positive review. Watch the videos and find links to other related resources by clicking here.