Webinar Recordings

Perspectives on Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment from Across the Healthcare ContinuumHDM Webinar

March 15, 2018

 Research has revealed that certain commonly used medical interventions are not as beneficial as was previously assumed, or that the risks may outweigh the benefits for some people. As the related problems of overdiagnosis (diagnosis of a medical problem that would have not caused harm) and overtreatment (use of treatments that do not improve well-being or lengthen life) are increasingly recognized, understanding how to communicate newly recognized risks and uncertainties to patients is imperative. Scaling back (or even de-implementing) treatment is an unresolved challenge in a culture promoting more intervention(s). To foster a discussion about these issues, this webinar brings together experts in end of life decision making (palliative care), overdiagnosis in cardiovascular disease, and cancer overdiagnosis and overtreatment to provide diverse perspectives from across the healthcare continuum. This webinar is presented by the Health Decision Making Special Interest Group and the SBM/Society for Medical Decision Making Crosstalk Committee. 

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Translational Research to Improve Physical Activity Outcomes in the Real-World 

PA Webinar

March 8, 2018

 This webinar provides practical guidance on the translation of physical activity research into clinical and public health practice. Cynthia A. Vinson, PhD, MPA, senior adviser for the Implementation Science Team in the Office of the Director in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute, provides an overview of dissemination and implementation research, funding opportunities, and resources. Paul A. Estabrooks, PhD, professor and the Harold M. Maurer Distinguished Chair of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, provides an example of the dissemination, implementation, knowledge translation, and scale-up of a physical activity intervention adapted from evidence-based principles. A second example presented by Laura Q. Rogers, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM, professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, highlighst the translation of an efficacious physical activity behavior change intervention from research into cancer survivorship care. Viewers walk away knowing a basic definition of translational science, how to design studies with dissemination and implementation in mind, and resources relevant to translational behavioral medicine. This webinar is co-sponsored by SBM's Physical Activity Special Interest Group (PA SIG) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). PA SIG Chair Scherezade K. Mama, DrPH, and ACSM Strategic Health Initiatives Behavioral Strategies Committee Chair Bryan Blissmer, PhD, moderate.

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Extending the Reach of Behavioral Medicine: Lessons Learned Working with Policymakers

Program Webinar

March 1, 2018

Dr. Rachel Shelton, SBM's 2018 Annual Meeting Program Committee chair, will interview Dr. Binta Beard, managing partner at Equinox Strategies, and Dr. Sara Bleich, professor of public health policy at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to learn about their career trajectories and experiences influencing policy and working with policymakers. Drs. Beard and Bleich will be part of an Annual Meeting master lecture panel on health policy.



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The Quest for "Independence" as an Early-Career Professional

OBBI SIG Webinar

February 22, 2018

This webinar will provide targeted career development and mentoring on key issues of interest to new/junior faculty and early-career professionals, including (1) juggling research, teaching, and service obligations; (2) learning about and utilizing the resources around you; (3) identifying formal and informal mentors and mentorship opportunities; (4) planning for promotion and tenure; and (5) work/life flow versus balance. Presenters include Drs.  Karen Basen-Engquist (professor, Department of Behavioral Science, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center), Felicity Harper (associate professor, Department of Oncology, Wayne State University/Karmanos Cancer Institute), and David X. Marquez (associate professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago). Webinar attendees will walk away with skills to navigate their new academic environments and will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss challenges. SBM Physical Activity Special Interest Group Chairs Scherezade K. Mama, DrPH, and Siobhan M. Phillips, PhD, will moderate.

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Graduate School Basics: Managing Time, Money, Projects, and Professional Relationships

OBBI SIG Webinar

February 8, 2018

This webinar features a panel of recent advanced degree graduates and early-career professionals: Britney Blair, PsyD, Jerel Calzo, PhD, MPH, and Stephanie Manasse, PhD. They share advice and reflections for staying sane and successful during your graduate school years. Specific topics covered include managing time well, making sound financial decisions, developing and managing a research project, and building professional connections.

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The Opt-In Study to Optimize Intervention for Weight Loss Initiation

OBBI SIG Webinar

February 1, 2018

SBM Past-President Bonnie Spring, PhD, will discuss the design, implementation, initial findings, and implications of the Opt-In study, a multiphase optimization strategy factorial experiment conducted to optimize a scalable intervention to foster weight loss initiation. A low-cost intervention designed to be delivered entirely remotely, the study tested the weight loss impact of five treatment components:  coaching dose, meal replacement recommendations, text messaging, reports to primary care provider, and supportiveness training for buddies. Dr. Spring directs the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at Northwestern University. This webinar is presented by SBM's Optimization of Behavioral and Biobehavioral Interventions Special Interest Group. The group's conference chair, Angela Pfammatter, PhD, will moderate.

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The Primary Care Behavioral Health Model Current State of Science: Engaging in Practice-Based Research Helping Move the Scientific Research Base Forward

IPC SIG Webinar

January 25, 2018

Jennifer Funderburk, PhD, and Jodi Polaha, PhD,  highlight notable gaps in the primary care behavioral health scientific research base, in particular surrounding its impact on patient and implementation outcomes. They also identify how researchers/practitioners can help fill those gaps. Dr. Funderburk is a clinical research psychologist at the Veterans Administration Center for Integrated Healthcare. Dr. Polaha is an associate professor in the Division of Primary Care Research within the Department of Family Medicine at East Tennessee State University. Their presentation is be of particular value to those with an interest in integrated primary care, effectiveness research, implementation science, and/or clinical and translational research. This webinar is presented by SBM's Integrated Primary Care Special Interest Group.

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Introduction to Optimization of Behavioral and Biobehavioral Interventions

Intro OBBI Webinar

January 18, 2018

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 describes 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, reviews 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 was presented by SBM's Optimization of Behavioral and Biobehavioral Interventions Special Interest Group. The group's chair, Thelma Mielenz, PhD, will moderate.

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Affective-Reflective Theory of Physical Inactivity and Exercise

ART webinar

January 4, 2018

Ralf Brand, PhD, and Paddy Ekkekakis, PhD will introduce the Affective-Reflective Theory (ART) of Physical Inactivity and Exercise. The ART is a default-interventionist, dual-process theory that emphasizes the importance of automatic positive and negative associations for subsequent physical inactivity or exercise. It is a theory grounded firmly in exercise psychology and linked closely to research on affective responses to exercise. It suggests that the automatic valuation of exercise and physical inactivity (which is connected to an immediate action impulse) is the basis from which subsequent, more complex affective and cognitive operations (e. g., weighing beliefs and values, action planning) can arise. In this way, the ART complements and attempts to incorporate findings from the numerous studies on exercise motivation that were inspired by cognitivist theorizing and to emphasize the role of rational thinking in behavioral choices (e. g., theory of planned behavior, social-cognitive theory, self-determination theory). The ART goes beyond other theories in that it offers an explanation—other than lack of motivation to change—for why many people remain in a state of physical inactivity; it proposes that the core affective valence associated with the current state of physical inactivity is more positive than the affective valence associated with exercise. This webinar is presented by SBM’s Theories and Techniques of Behavior Change Interventions Special Interest Group.

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Developing and Adapting Behavioral Interventions for Social Media Delivery

Social Media webinar

December 21, 2017

This webinar provides 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, 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 discuss lessons learned from relevant studies using Facebook and Twitter, and make recommendations for research steps from developmental, pilot, and randomized trial phases. Viewers will learn hands-on skills and have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss challenges.

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Implications of NIH Clinical Trials Policies for Behavioral Research

Clinical Trials Webinar

December 7, 2017

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.

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Extending the Reach of Behavioral Medicine: Lessons Learned In a Career Focused on Building Public/Private PartnershipsHPC 101 Webinar

November 16, 2017

SBM 2018 Annual Meeting Program Chair Rachel Shelton, ScD, interviews Joe Smyser, PhD, MSPH, about his career path and lessons learned in extending the reach of behavioral medicine by building public/private partnerships. Dr. Smyser will present a master lecture at the 2018 meeting. He is CEO of The Public Good Projects, a nonprofit that uses the power of mass media to solve social problems. Dr. Smyser has designed marketing strategies for behavior change campaigns managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. He has done similar work with USAID, Google, and the

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Opportunities, Applications and Challenges in Using Wearables for Physical Activity ResearchWearables Webinar

 November 2, 2017

Physical activity is a safe and effective method to reduce negative side effects of treatment and promote better overall health among individuals with chronic diseases. In practice, many difficulties exist for monitoring, assessing, and promoting physical activity. Accelerometer-based consumer wearable devices that track and encourage physical activity may overcome some of these difficulties. This webinar summarizes the potential uses for wearables to monitor and facilitate increased physical activity, provide real-world examples of their use, and discuss challenges and future directions. Lisa Cadmus-Bertram, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison; Matthew Buman, PhD, FACSM, associate professor in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University; Dori Rosenberg, PhD, MPH, assistant investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, and Brigid Lynch, PhD, senior research fellow at the Cancer Epidemiology and Intelligence Division of the Cancer Council Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, present on their current work. This webinar is presented by SBM's Physical Activity and Behavioral Informatics and Technology special interest groups. Siobhan Philips, PhD, MPH, co-chair of the Physical Activity Special Interest Group, is moderator.

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Highlighting Results From a Meta-Analysis of the Reasoned Action Approach to Understanding Health Behaviors

HPC 101 Webinar

October 26, 2017

The Theory of Reasoned Action/Planned Behavior is one of the most common used theories in health behavior research. The Reasoned Action Approach (RAA)/Integrative Model of Behavior Change is the newest iteration of the model. In this webinar, Dr. Mark Conner describes a meta-analysis his team recently completed using the RAA, and will discuss the implications of his findings. Dr. Rosie McEachan also makes a presentation about how meta-analyses are conducted in the field of health behavior research. She gives insight into what information health behavior researchers should include in their own studies, so they can be included in meta-analyses in their own field. This research illustrates the value of using theory-based approaches in health behavior research, which can work toward accumulating evidence to be translated into practice. This webinar is presented by SBM's Theories and Techniques of Behavior Change Intervention Special Interest Group.

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How to Increase the Impact of Behavioral Medicine through Health Policy Briefs

HPC 101 WebinarSeptember 29, 2017

How can I use what I've learned from my work to increase my impact on population-level health? How do I take an idea for a health policy brief from conception to publication to Capitol Hill? What are the steps to writing a strong health policy brief? The Society of Behavioral Medicine's (SBM's) Health Policy Committee provides structured and guided opportunities for SBM members and others to increase the impact of their work through the development and dissemination of health policy briefs. Dr. Joanna Buscemi, chair of the Health Policy Committee, will lead a structured hour-long webinar on how to effectively develop, write, and disseminate health policy briefs to increase the impact of your work.>

Topics covered include what is a health policy brief, how do you propose an idea for the brief to the committee, how do you engage other like-minded organizations, how do you write an effective brief, and how is the finalized brief disseminated. The webinar will conclude with a question and answer portion. The webinar will be moderated by Marian Fitzgibbon, PhD, SBM Health Policy Council Chair and past-president; and Sara Knight, PhD, SBM Health Policy Council member.

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TTBCI SIG Presents: Linking Theory, Mechanisms of Action, and Behavior Change Techniques to Improve Health-Related Behavioral Interventions

TTBCI Theory WebinarAugust 22, 2017

Developing effective behavior change interventions requires a deep understanding and ability to link the theoretical bases of an intervention, its components or behavior change techniques, and the mechanisms of action through which it exerts its effects. In this webinar, Dr. Susan Michie describes a methodology for linking behavior change techniques (BCTs) with mechanisms of action (the processes through which they affect behavior), and discusses how this systematic approach to behavioral intervention development can lead to the development of an ontology of behavior change, a foundational step for developing more effective health behavior interventions. Dr. Ben Ainsworth then describes an analysis of data from a trial testing a Web-based intervention aimed at reducing infection transmission in the home, called the PRIMIT trial, that explored the linkage between the intervention’s theoretical constructs and specific BCTs. These analyses were useful in determining the effects of specific BCTs and the dose or threshold of engagement required to change behavior.

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

TTBCI Self-Efficacy WebinarFebruary 22, 2017

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 was 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.

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Six Funding Opportunities in Behavioral Research

August 12, 2016

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Behavioral Research Program Associate Director Dr. William Klein 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])

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